Change for the better is a good thing but Change for the sake of change is alarming. The two main protagonists for change in the National Assembly, Wavel Ramkalawan and Jean-Francois Ferrari are the two most angry and vengeful people in the opposition LDS; they are both former SPUP/SPPF and they both share the same fiery characters; they hate each other. Those two opposition politicians are blinded by their anger and their urge to seek revenge for events that happened many years ago. Both Ramkalawan and Ferrari are prepared to lead this country on the road to destruction in order to achieve their aims. Compromise is not a word that exists in their vocabulary.
Strangely enough, the two of them do
not see eye-to-eye on a range of issues and
given absolute power, they would be a disaster.
Albeit, Ferrari is politically smarter
than Ramkalawan and consequently he
has a very low opinion of his boss. They
have clashed many times in the past and
Roger Mancienne has had to intervene
and act as referee. Both these two men
cannot stand each other but have come
together purely to accomplish their mission
of revenge. For the last five years,
Ferrari did not speak to Wavel Ramkalawan
but being the opportunist that he is,
he could not afford to miss the political
gravy train that was leaving the station.
He came back after the first round of the
presidential election, when James Michel
had failed to win an outright majority. This
was the move of a typical opportunist.
Ferrari and Ramkalawan both have
their origins in the ruling party as stated
above. Jean-Francois Ferrari is the son of
Dr. Maxime Ferrari, who was one of the
main architects of the coup d’état in 1977
which brought the Rene to power. As the
Coup d’état unfolded in the early hours of
5th June, Albert Rene set up his control
and command centre at Ferrari’s house.
The two did not live too far apart in the
secluded hills of San Soucis. That night,
the 17 year old Jean-Francois was the tea
boy for the two coup masterminds. In a
sense he too has blood on his hands.
The next morning, once the coup had
succeeded, Jean Francois was seen roaming around in Victoria with other armed
men and holding a revolver in his hand.
For years he enjoyed the good life and the
power as the son of a minister until his
father fell out with ex President Albert
Rene. It is only then that Jean Francois
started complaining about the system.
The same system his father had helped
to create and propagate. Everything was
good as long as he was part of the privileged
few and was personally benefitting.
On the other hand it is not known exactly
what turned Ramkalawan against the
party that he and his family supported.
His mother was a head teacher who had
been promoted not just because she was a
good teacher but also because of her close
affiliations with the ruling party. Ramkalawans’
father is the man who welded together
the iron statue of ‘Zonm lib’ while
Ferraris’ sister Pauline was the one who
designed the statue.
Both Ferrari and Ramkalawan were
educated by the Christian brotherhood
at Seychelles College in the mid to late
1970’s. With the two of them now leading
the opposition charge in the National Assembly,
there is no doubt that they will aggressively
hold the Executive to account.
For the leader of the opposition, there is
also no doubt that keeping control over
Jean Francois Ferrari will be his biggest
nightmare. The question is, will they let
their volatile temperaments get the better
of them or will the oxygen of publicity
they now enjoy set off this double ticking
tock…..and on it goes.