Sunday, 4 December 2016

Gerard Hoareau Assassinated on whose order?

Many people over the years have tried to use the good name of Gerard Hoareau and his assassination on a cold winter’s morning in London on 29th November 1985 to advance their political agenda. In our opinion this is totally distasteful. Certain LDS top officials, in the run-up to the National Assembly elections used and abused the hero’s memory to try win the election. However, on Tuesday this week in the National Assembly, they failed to observed a minute silence to honor the memory of Gerard Hoareau and all who have been killed fighting for freedom in Seychelles. Speaker Patrick Pillay has full authority over proceedings he could have called for a minute of silence. Proving beyond doubt that they are all a bunch of hypocrites…..

The Speaker himself in an article written in his party’s mouthpiece earlier this year, insinuated that the editor of this newspaper might have played a role in Gerard’s killing. It was gutter politics at its worse, coming from a highly educated man. Where was he when Gerard was being gunned down in a street of London? Knowing what he knew why did he accept Ministerial positions in a Government that assassinated people? Does that make him a party to the assassinations and killings?

However, Gerard’s memory with all the other fallen heroes must be used as a powerful instrument with which to nurture and grow our democratic gains so far, but not to be abused by people seeking political power.

We have forgiven Pillay in the spirit of national reconciliation and the fight for democracy, in which he has contributed very little, and is bigger than him, in fact far bigger than all of us put together. The memories of our fallen heroes must not be used and abused by those seeking high political office ever again. Their (heroes) cause and that of their families must be advanced in a sincere manner to achieve meaningful closure, not political mileage.

Now, that LDS has the majority in the National Assembly why are they not pushing through a motion to ask government to allow the body of Gerard Hoareau to be brought back to his birth place and 29th November declared the ‘National Reconciliation Day’ in memory of all our fallen heroes. This could ignite and fuel the flame of genuine reconciliation, which are now merely spoken words without any sincere action to back up the rhetoric of rapprochement between the two (PL and LDS) halves of the political divide in the country.

Independent

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