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The CEO of the Anti-Corruption Commission chatters too much

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In a third interview given to Seychelles Today in as many months, May De Silva, once again demonstrated why she lacks the ethics to be in charge of such an important body as the Anti – Corruption Commission; this is a very sensitive organization:

The Commission is charged under a Bill enacted in 2016 with the responsibility of curbing corruption in the country. Thus far, however, except for the case of a former Minister and Central Committee Member of Parti Lepep, the public has not been made privy to any ongoing investigation by the Commission. In a damning video of a meeting of Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, Leader of the Opposition with Facebook activists in England, Ramkalawan inferred that he gives orders to Ms. De Silva with regards to prioritizing disposal of cases. That declaration by Mr. Ramkalawan, if true, is enough reason to request the resignation of May De Silva, and seems to confirm what many have been suspecting that the Commission is now a political tool being used to witch-h…

Keeping it in the Family

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Not many ponder upon Seychelles precarious political situation ahead. Neither is there any discussion about how the country comes to be in such a tight spot did? In large part the answer lies in the massive number of political parties active in the National Assembly, which has led to a particularly fragmented assembly.  In Brazil the term “coalitional presidentialism” - a system by which the president must form and govern over a multiparty coalition, which becomes more difficult the more parties are involved.

The Linyon Demokratik Sesel (LDS) comprises of a number of political parties with varying agendas who have come together with the stated objective of curtailing the excesses of the ruling party.  What it has led to is a system where the Executive has been weakened to manage the various interests of the political parties and in the same instance try to unify the various interests into a coalition for national development.

Maintaining balance in such a heterogeneous environment be…

A SHAMBOLIC NATIONAL ASSEMBLY!

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The mediocrity that has beset the National Assembly ever since Pat Pillay took over the Speakership, reached a new low last Tuesday when a Minister’s appointment had to be approved twice within 24 hours. Pillay, on the advice of his inept Legal Advisor, the eccentric Daniel Cesar, failed to properly apply Article 69 (2) of our Constitution. Once again, Pat Pillay was the butt of ridicule on the social media, when it became clear to all and sundry that he had misinterpreted the said Article, and had confused; “with the approval of a majority of the members of the National Assembly” with “the approval of a majority of members present and voting”.

This national embarrassment came about when Pamela Charlette was nominated by President Faure for approval as Minister by the National Assembly. Mrs. Charlette failed to obtain the required seventeen votes when all members of the opposition majority decided to abstain. For the first time ever in the history of our country, the National Assembl…

Robert Ernesta aka ‘Colonel Torture’ looked out of place at LDS convention

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Robert Ernesta aka ‘Colonel Torture’ because of the many years that he spent as an army officer at the head of the Grand Police Army Camp looked well out of place at the LDS convention last weekend. During the brief period that he was allowed to say a few words as the head of SUP; Ernesta failed to connect or make an impact or any kind of impression on the crowd, he looked like a priest at a brothel, who had gone there for the first time to have sexual intercourse with the prostitutes, but was uncomfortable to put on a condom because his religion forbids it. He was in a dilemma, however, this time it was political prostitutes that he was hanging out with and he looked uncomfortable at the podium with his backside unprotected from possible engagement from the ‘pervert’ at the top table; Ernesta was seriously uncomfortable with a white (chapelet) rosary holding up his glasses.


Robert Ernesta was also uncomfortable due to the fact that he knows of many killings that have taken place in …

Is Patrick Pillay moving in on another piece of State land?

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Information from Anse Boileau has reached this newspaper alleging that the Speaker of the National Assembly is moving in on another piece of State land. All our investigation in that matter has been met with deafening silence from the authority. It is believed that the MLUH has issued a stop notice against any more work on that piece of land at Mont Plaisir in upper Anse Boileau.

Bulldozers moved onto the property without any notice to people living close by and started clearing the land of vegetation without permission from the ministry of land use and habitat, allegedly. During a visit in the area we were able to establish by talking to people in the vicinity that the land will be used for agricultural purposes, however, all indications are that the piece of land has not been officially allocated to anyone. And the person behind the activities taking place there has just moved in from his own authority.

However, the people who have been working there are saying that the Speaker is c…

DANIEL CESAR SUSPENDED - PAT PILLAY TAKES REFUGE!

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The disdainful and conceited Daniel Cesar was this Tuesday cut down to size and literally debunked by the Constitutional Court. Cesar was suspended from practicing as a Barrister for failing to turn up to formally recuse himself from the case of former Speaker Patrick Herminie versus the Anti-Victimisation Committee of the National Assembly as is required by judicial rules. Cesar was requested to do so, following his expression of intent to no longer represent Patrick Pillay, the current Speaker of the National Assembly in the said case.

It is further alleged that Cesar’s clients’ account is in shamble to the extent that Cesar himself has failed to submit a copy to the Registrar of the Supreme Court despite repeated requests to do so. Under the existing rules, this is a serious offence that invariably results in the suspension of a practicing Barrister.

It is widely believed that Cesar’s stance is motivated by the fact that the Attorney General has advised the current Speaker that t…

Wavel Ramkalawan compromises independence of CAA and ACC

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Once again the millionaire priest has won the jackpot and had gone to the UK to swell his bank balance and look after his interests, proof again to the world that he can never be president of even Coetivy. He told the assembled crowd of ten that he was on a one day mission and thought that he could have a quick meeting with them to brief them on matters relevant to their existence taking place in Seychelles. But he kept the reason for his visit to the UK secret; maybe Dave O would know; he does his banking transactions for him in the UK or maybe Wavel was out there to bank some serious money himself.

The corrupt priest unashamedly told the congregation of only ten how he enjoyed pearl class privileges from his economy class seat during his flight on Air Seychelles to Paris and that other passengers were asking questions. He said that he fought for Air Seychelles staff and nurses, but not a word was spoken on the plight of the poor Stevedores who have been voting for SNP since time im…

Speaker of the Assembly should be referred to the Anti Corruption Commission

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Got land?
This is always a key issue in Seychelles especially when it comes to politics. The issue arises from before 1976 where land was concentrated in the h...ands of the few to the present where...well land is still concentrated in the hands of the few! Although now, it has changed hands though!

We were shocked here at Seychelles Sunday Lobby to learn that a former Lepep Minister owned over 50 pieces of land. This is just shocking in a country where most people are desperate to get a flat or 500sqm of land to built a small house. These things are unacceptable which is what prompted us to research more into this land issue and it came to our discovery that there are other former Lepep Ministers who owns generous amounts of land. Although now he is on the side of the opposition, the current Speaker, former ambassador and former Minister has been involved in questionable land deals in his days. Different posts has made allusions to deals that he has been party to but we want to…

Hon Ferrari backtracks on motion for Stevedores

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The Honorable member for Mont Fleuri has pulled back on his motion for increased financial assistance to the Stevedores to go and meet with representatives from the two main companies involved in hiring the services of Stevedores; Land Marine and Hunt Deltel along with the Stevedores participated. The said meeting took place this week on Thursday at 10am. This is a major conflict of interest by Honorable Jean-Francois Ferrari to allow the postponement of the debate on the motion and gives priority to a meeting with the agencies that stands to be affected the most by the outcome of his motion.

This newspaper has been applying pressure on Ferrari to deliver on his promises made over the last twenty years to the Stevedores; to fight for a better deal for them. He finally relented and a motion was tabled recently to discuss on how the Stevedores can be assisted financially in a fair and equitable manner. This could be done through an increment in salaries by the companies or the governme…

Is Speaker Patrick Pillay above the law?

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Three weeks ago this newspaper reported that the Kangaroo Court that the Anti-Victimization Committee had set up was being challenged in the Constitutional Court. The case against the Speaker and the Anti-Victimization Committee brought by former Speaker (Herminie) before the Constitutional Court was heard two weeks ago. It now turns out that the Constitutional Court wants to hear from the Chairperson and the entire Committee, who happens to be Speaker Patrick Pillay and seven other honorable (kangaroos) members. The Speaker, who believes that he is above the law, is not a happy person judging by his reaction and comments on the issue on Tuesday morning in the National Assembly.

“As the Speaker and Chairman of that group it is unfortunate that we have reached this stage for the first time in the history of the National Assembly - where the Speaker and his committee have been ordered to appear before the Constitutional Court. I am saying it is unfortunate because recently, very recent…

National Assembly tackles agricultural land

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On Wednesday, the National Assembly had a field day debating agricultural land abuses over the last forty years in the absence of the real Speaker, who is also known to have used agricultural land for personal interests.

This newspaper is in agreement with most of what was said by both Parti Lepep MNAs and LDS MNAs on the matter. It is a shame that Speaker Patrick Pillay was not present in the National Assembly on Wednesday to provide the Assembly and the public at large with details of the several properties (agriculture land) he acquired and amalgamated at Montagne Posee, which he lately sold to a foreigner for millions. It is strange how no one in the National Assembly was courageous enough to speak about Speaker Pillay’s speculation with land that had been earmarked for agriculture.

This newspaper has been informed that Patrick Pillay was due back in the country on Tuesday, but had changed his flight to arrive here on Friday 26th. We are sure that he was aware of what was on the …

Norbert Loizeau gaffed again

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This must be the most hilarious episode of the sixth National Assembly so far. The gentle giant from Bel Air formerly known as “The Flower Pot of Bel Air”, because of his lack of oratory skills decided that he needs to speak and say something in the National Assembly just for the sake of it, to show people that he is not the cactus plant that we think he is, but instead he is a well-trained parrot from Arpent Vert.

No physical harm came to be, however, his pride was severely dented to the extent that after the National Assembly he wanted to attend the casualty department at the Seychelles Hospital to have his echo checked out for any lasting damage. Clive Roucou advised him of the fact that the hospital cannot help him. “This kind of technology is not available at our hospital”, Roucou told him. “Can’t they do an X-Ray on me to check the extent of damage to my SNP pride?” Norbert asked. Roucou told him to go on home and to sleep it off and by tomorrow morning he will be feeling much …

Kangaroo Court challenged

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The former Speaker of the National Assembly has filed a petition before the Constitutional Court for an injunction against a request to appear before the Anti-Victimisation Committee of the National Assembly. According to information that has reached this newspaper Dr. Herminie got a letter from the committee asking him to present himself before the committee for questioning this coming Saturday at around 9pm – to answer to an allegation by a former driver who lost his job many years ago.

Dr. Herminie is viewing this situation more like a persecution from his political enemies in the National Assembly, rather than a genuine case of victimization. This newspaper is of the view that this case against Dr. Herminie has been orchestrated by people formerly in SNP – who are now in a position of power in the National Assembly. They are making use of the power they have now to persecute people they had a difference or tussled with in the past. This is persecution in its real form. It is sad …

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ESTABLISHES KANGAROO COURT

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For the first time in our history, a kangaroo court has been instituted in Seychelles.

The extra-judicial court or quasi-judicial court, with self-arrogated wide-ranging powers, has been created by the LDS-dominated National Assembly under Article 104 of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles.  It goes by the elaborate name of “Anti-Victimisation Committee”, chaired by none other than the Speaker of the National Assembly himself, Patrick Pillay, who has been abdicating his responsibilities to his deputy; the Chief Kangaroo Judge, CKJ Clifford Andre. The other “judges” of this kangaroo court are Wavel Woodcock, Jenny de Letourdie, Egbert Aglae and Basil Hoareau. With the exception of the latter, not one of them can be credited with a modicum of intelligence, let alone knowledge of the law.

The hearings are on Saturdays and on Thursdays after 6 pm – some people have been asked to attend at 9 pm next Thursday! These are mostly government employees who have done a full day’s work…

LEADERLESS LDS!!!

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In the press conference held on 15th May 2017 President Danny Faure confirmed that the Linyon Demokratik Sesel (LDS) party leader Mr. Roger Mancienne is a liar and hypocrite.  This is the man who is supposedly a party leader - whose party (LDS) in its manifesto promises to ensure its members act with “Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness and Leadership”.  In the same manifesto LDS promised to “introduce a white paper stage” for all new laws.

Given that the Seychelles Constitution is supposedly to be written again as per the LDS manifesto to ensure that “Seychellois enjoy all the rights and liberties granted in our constitution” and furthermore “safeguard those rights and freedoms”.  Yet when as LDS party leader he was asked for comment on the amendment to the supposedly sacred constitution by his party Mr. Mancienne duck and fled to hid behind the words that he would not be commenting on the matter.

This change of heart has now been revealed to be exactly wha…

“IDC IS DOING A GOOD JOB” According to Wavel and Nicolas

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There shall be nothing wrong in the report on the outlying islands. This appears to be the understanding between Glenny Savy, the CEO of IDC, the company managing the outer islands, and the Committee in the National Assembly responsible for looking at what is going on in the islands. Before this Committee was formed, there were exaggerated outcries as to how our outlying islands were being managed. It was the storm before the calm, but now there is complete silence. In fact there is a love affair going on between the two parties; IDC and the National Assembly Select Committee for the Islands.

We have Wavel Ramkalawan, the Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of that Committee on one side congratulating Glenny for the good work being done on those islands whereas Glenny Savy in return is praising members of that Committee for being very respectable and well-mannered honorable. It is a situation that could be referred to as the sixty-nine (69-upsidedown) position. This is the present …

Is Patrick Pillay resigning or not?

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The political rally held by LDS at Roche Copra recently saw Pat Pillay at his worst. The man hurled insults and spat venom at all those whom he believed got him to where he is today. He is politically sandwiched and is a liability to both sides of the political divide. It appeared to some in the crowd as though he might have consumed a bottle of Guinness or two or had smoked a strong cigarette before coming to the meeting, but whether that was the case or not, the fact remains; Pat Pillay is a very uncomfortable politician at the moment; with his loyalty is in  shreds.

Pillay is a trapped man who no longer knows in which direction to turn. He is also in a political quagmire and does not know how to get out of it.  If Pillay had his own way, he would quit politics right away; the email he sent Roger Mancienne is proof of that. But people within the LDS would not let him.  They need him too badly.  He also needs them in some ways and therefore, he cannot afford to part company with the…

IT WAS AN INSIDE JOB!

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Our cartoon illustrates exactly how the break-in was orchestrated in the office of the Chairman of the Victimization Committee to steal the files to prevent or delay investigation. It is believed that the LDS plan to go after people in Parti Lepep using the Victimization Committee has now backfired – many complaints have been lodged against people who are now top supporters in the LDS. And the only way out was to spray a “small cow and a grown boy” with invisible oil so that it could break in the office of the Speaker to steal the files, unnoticed. Unfortunately, the prostitute he impregnated at the pot of honey and got the wife to adopt the baby is saying that the same oil that was used to visit her had been used to enter the office of The Speaker.

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Why did Patrick Pillay write the email?

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Finally, after almost three weeks of denial the Honorable Speaker admitted at a public rally on Sunday at Roche Copra, that there was an email that he sent to the Chairman of  LDS; Mr. Roger Mancienne. Some of his backers are still in shock and utter denial about the admission. The office of the Speaker went as far as lying and misleading the public in the press releases sent out to try and rebuff an article this newspaper had published on the matter. This situation has exposed Patrick Pillay for who he really is, a devious individual that would do anything to feather his own nest at the expense of others. His perversion of the facts is detrimental to the democratic process of this country.

Many of his supporters are now asking for an explanation and the reason for such an email to the party Chairman. What are his motives? Especially now that he had said on Sunday; he will remain Speaker and will see out his mandate in the National Assembly as Speaker?

We quote from his email: “I had…

Who broke into the National Assembly? It was an inside job!

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This newspaper can confidently report that the office of the Speaker, who is also the Chairman of the Anti-Victimization Committee, was never broken into – all indications are pointing to an inside job, allegedly orchestrated by the ‘illegal counselor’ – an area of expertise. The deadline to submit the filled out forms by the victims of victimization to the office of the Chairman was set for the 10th April, and the office was conveniently broken into on the weekend that followed (14th, 15th,16th & 17th April); which was the Easter (long) weekend.

This newspaper has had information suggesting that people who visited the LDS office at Mont Fleuri were being encouraged to filled out the forms to complain about victimization by certain specific persons they wanted to target; one of those was Mr. Martin Aglae. This in itself defeats the whole purpose of the exercise and renders the process fraudulent.

In addition to the above - the whole story about an intruder or intruders in the of…

Editor Meetarbhan gets controversial

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Now that Nichole Tirant has been appointed Ombudsman and enjoying the perks and privileges of her Office, a Mauritian has taken it upon himself to replace her as chief spokesperson for the Opposition. In the process, his hatred of and contempt for James Michel oozes as slime through his editorials in TODAY in Seychelles.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in R. Meetarbhan’s editorial of Monday 24 April. The Mauritian – a guest of this country – has the impudence and the impertinence to question a decision of the Court of Appeal to maintain the ruling of the Supreme Court that the Constitutional Appointments Authority (CAA) was right to refer Judge Durai Karunakaran to a tribunal of inquiry into his conduct.

Meetarbhan has already concluded that there are no merits to the case of Karunakaran. In addition he urges the tribunal in question to take into account the perceptions of the public “about circumstances having triggered the Karunakaran affair”.  For him, the whole “affair” is pol…

Fake principle revealed

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The “Fake Opposition” has now gone into frantic over-drive.  This is easily seen through their efforts of trying to present a credible alternative to forty years of self-righteous cults of personality that has inundated the local political landscape.  It has now upended with the fighters for democracy, freedom of speech, opinion and expression clutching at all that is contrary to their cause to advance their cause!

They go as far as supporting Robert Mugabe a murderous dictator, and a shame to the African Union, just to get their two pence worth.  How much lower can you go or will you go?

These are the true colours of people who want change in Seychelles.  Their dark and evil agenda is slowly and surely coming to light.  The fetid and cantankerous imaginations that are revealed should have warning bells ringing loudly in everyone ears, anyone with half a brain that is.

People who are used to getting their way, and believe that the only way is their way should not have their hands on …

Former President James Michel gives up party leadership Speaker Patrick Pillay stepping down

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The former president has announced that he will not seek re-election for the post of party president for Parti Lepep. This announcement came at the extraordinary congress held on Saturday 08th April at the ICCS.

“However, I would like to reassure you that I will always be there with the Seychellois and I will always be SPUP, SPPF or Parti Lepep. I will never abandon my principle and conviction and it is because of this that I love my party  and those who believed in me, which have made my decision that the time have come to allow the new generation to lead the party and our country. It is with much pride, honour and a clean conscious that I am moving aside…….”, President Michel said.

Political observers are saying that President Faure will now take over the leadership of Parti Lepep. All things considered this is a natural progression anything else will be a disaster for Parti Lepep. If we are to go with the results of the last National Assembly elections Parti Lepep is still the bi…

Biggest Crime against the People so far by this Administration

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In our last edition two weeks ago on the front page, we published an article in regards to a ruling by The Constitutional Court. That same week, the court ruled that the amendment to the National Assembly Members Emolument Act that provides the MNA s and Ministers with early pension as soon as they vacate their position was illegal.

It held that the 2008 Amendment was ultra vires the powers of the National Assembly and therefore falls to be declared unconstitutional and void.

The court made the following order:

a. The provisions of sections 2(1) (c), 2(2) (d), 3(1) (c), 3A (1) (d) and 4(d) of the National Assembly Members Emoluments Act are unconstitutional and void.

b. This order will have prospective effect. No order is made with regard to payments already made under the Act.

c. Notice of this finding of unconstitutionality is to be served on the President of the Republic of Seychelles and the Speaker of the National Assembly in terms of Article 130(5) of the Constitution.

Afte…

National Assembly Pensions STOPPED?

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The generally accepted definition of a pension is the payment at regular intervals paid to a person or the person’s dependents, as a result of past services, age, merit, poverty, injury or loss sustained, etc.   These payments are drawn from a fund setup specifically for this purpose comprising of contributions made by the person to whom the pension is payable.

Seychelles Pension Scheme is supposedly setup to work along these lines.  Seychelles citizens in employment make contributions both legally stipulated and voluntary to the pension scheme.  Based on these contributions the contributors can expect to receive a monthly pension at the end of their employment tenures or working lives.

Whilst this is the generally accepted norm in the Seychelles, there are a group of people who expect everything for nothing and more for less.  The group is lead by non-other than Honourable Wavel Ramkalawan who believes that there are people who are above the normal provisions of the law and deserve …

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT DANNY FAURE – FROM THE RESIDENTS OF PORT GLAUD

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Dear President Faure, We the residents of Port Glaud have read of the forced return of the 10 plots of land which were sold by government to an investor.

Now we are openly requesting that you summon Hon Patrick Pillay and request that he returns to the Seychelles government and the people of Port Glaud the property at Port Launay, which is protected land being a reserve of the “Sou Souri Banann” nesting place.

When Mr. Pillay applied to purchase from government the prime beach front property at Port Launay, the MNA for Port Glaud in the National Assembly, Mrs. Gamatis, raised strong objections because Mr. Pillay had previously already benefitted from buying several government properties and did not therefore qualify for government land and was not a resident of Port Glaud and there were several Port-Glaud residents on the list waiting for land. It was a clear case of abuse of his privilege and position.

However, the sale was sanctioned and the MNA’s voice was not heard. On top of th…

No More Special Pension for Politician

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This is the ruling given on Tuesday in a landmark case before the Constitutional Court  brought by Ian Delorie and spearheaded by his Attorney, Frank Elizabeth, to challenge the amendment to the National Assembly Members Emolument Act that provides the MNA s and Ministers with early special pension as soon as they vacate their position.

The Court held that the 2008 Amendment was ultra vires the powers of the National Assembly and therefore falls to be declared unconstitutional and void.

The court made the following order:

a. The provisions of sections 2(1) (c), 2(2) (d), 3(1) (c), 3A (1) (d) and 4(d) of the National Assembly Members Emoluments Act are unconstitutional and void.

b. This order will have prospective effect. No order is made with regard to payments already made under the Act.

c. Notice of this finding of unconstitutionality is to be served on the President of the Republic of Seychelles and the Speaker of the National Assembly in terms of Article 130(5) of the Constitu…

The most famous hat in Seychelles

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After our article last week and a picture showing Honorable Ramkalawan wearing a hat that was allegedly given to a member of his family as a gift, many people have called this newspaper to ask where they can buy the hat. After some research we discovered that the hat an “Akubra” can only be bought in Australia. This is where former President Rene bought the hat for his employees working at the sheep farm in Australia.

The hat has been made famous in Seychelles by Honorable Wavel Ramkalawan who has been wearing the hat to the select committee for the outer islands visits to the islands. The company that manufacture the hat have contacted this newspaper after reading our article to inform us that they are prepared to pay Ramkalawan advertising fees if he is prepared to wear the hat at least once a month during the National Assembly sessions. We are of the view that the Honorable Gentleman should take up the offer and the revenue could be used to pay his sister and brother for the inher…

Maxime Ferrari masterminded the coup d’état

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Doctor Maxime Ferrari has participated in a video interview with the political programme “Annou Koze Sesel”. The Honorable Flory Larue was the anchorwoman and it was posted on YouTube on Sunday 26th March. The whole country is still talking about what the good doctor had to say. But, a closer analysis of the interview will reveal that Ferrari did his utmost to downplay his role in what took place in Seychelles after the infamous coup d’état until his exit in 1984.  

Whilst Flory tried to get Ferrari to accept that their actions on the 5th of June was treasonous – Maxime Ferrari tried to wriggle out of it by blaming President James Mancham. It stands to reason that if they were not happy in the coalition government - they (SPUP) could have pulled out and let the people know what was going on. Maxime Ferrari spoke of some documents in the Archive in the UK. These documents don’t exist, Maxime was lying to cover his actions of June 5th and what took place subsequently, until he left to …