Friday, 21 April 2017

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

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 biggest political grouping outside the LDS, which many believe is a loose coalition that is certain to disin-
tegrate before the next election, be it presidential or legislative.

There are a lot of bickering going on in both camps; LDS and Pl. The LDS has done a better job at masking their differences, however, evidence has now surfaced to suggest that LDS is also on the same collision course. We are publishing here a letter sent by email from Speaker Patrick Pillay to the LDS chairperson, Mr. Roger Mancienne. We have titled it: ‘Beginning of a split’. It is clear that Patrick Pillay has had enough both physically and mentally and will not last the duration of his mandate as Speaker or even as elected member for Anse Boileau. Even if he praises Wavel in the letter, we all know his disdain for the man.

The fact that Pillay is now proposing Philippe or Alexia as the new Speaker; one proportionally elected LDS member will have to leave the National Assembly. The question is who? If Philippe is appointed as the new Speaker then Jany will have to make her exit. However, if it is Alexia our money is on Flory who will have to be ejected from her seat. Is the LDS strong enough to sustain this kind of rupture at this early stage of its unification? Time will tell!

Beginning of a split!

Monday, April 10, 2017 6:30 PM

Dear Roger,

I am writing this after much soul searching, meditation and prayers. Lately I have been feeling
my age under the pressure of the speakership of the National Assembly. I turned 68 last Saturday!! I know you are one of the LDS leaders who will understand where I am coming from because I have been observing you and you are also tired… I had promised myself that I would fight to the end to see the back of SPPF/ Parti Lepep and to get them out of State House. Lately however, the attacks on my integrity and my reputation coming from my side of the political divide has become unbearable and has deadened my appetite to fight the common enemy. I have done my best. Wavel is doing a sterling job as LOTO and I am proud of him.

The little energy that I have can carry me through as MNA of Anse Boileau until the next NA elections.

I would like to suggest that that during the assembly recess which starts this Wednesday, the LDS Executive Council should consider and decide to appoint either Philippe or Alexia as a PR MNA in the Assembly and vote him/her as Speaker. Alexia would do well as the first Woman Speaker. She is a lawyer after all and has the necessary competence and knowledge to lead the Assembly to greater heights.

On another note, I do not feel comfortable sitting around the same table as somebody who is bent on smearing my name to gain stardom or martyrdom….. I hope you do not read more than what my simple intention is in taking this decision. I am aware that I will disappoint some people in taking the decision that I have. However, if I do not look after myself, nobody will.

I am copying this to all the LDS leaders so they are in the loop with regard to my decision.

With best personal regards
Pat


Independent

Biggest Crime against the People so far by this Administration

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.

After, the ruling both Wavel Ramkalawan of LDS and Charles Decomarmond of PL wasted no time in igniting the process to amend The Constitution of the Third Republic to overcome the latest hurdle between them and an early special pension for MNAs and Ministers. When the ruling that declared the amendment void and unconstitutional was being made at the ‘Palais De Justice’, the National Assembly was in full session and someone had texted Wavel to inform him of the Court’s decision. According to a member of the National Assembly, Wavel tried desperately to get Charles to look at the text message he had sent him informing of the Constitutional Court’s ruling. They got together to discuss the matter straight after the National Assembly. It was agreed that they will move quick to amend the Constitution. It was done at neck breaking speed without following proper procedures and with the full backing of the Cabinet of Ministers.

The amendment was not on the “Order Paper” for the 11th and 12th April, with absolutely no debate or mention of it during the last two (sessions) days of the National Assembly deliberations, before they went on vacation. It was all a hush-hush affair between them. This is how Parti Lepep and the LDS are repaying the people who voted for them. The cohabitation is now one big conniving exercise between PL and LDS to look after their own interest and that of their friends and associates.

Independent

Friday, 7 April 2017

National Assembly Pensions STOPPED?

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 extra-special treatment.   It would in normal circumstances be considered an abomination coming from a man who, amongst others, took a vow of humility.  His actions are appallingly and far from humble and make a mockery of service to the people.
Wavel Ramkalawan

When the perks and privileges of people - who have over the last forty years paid practically no taxes, made no sustainable contribution to the wellbeing and economic sustainability of our Island  Nation – caught red-handed in the plunder and squander that plagues us are being effected they can thank the millionaire priest to come to their aid.

The non-election of Wavel Ramkalawan to the National Assembly was for a good reason.  He did not deserve the confidence and trust of the people and they spoke at the ballot box.  Against this back drop another defeat has been handed in another bastion of our fragile democracy.

The Constitutional Court has reversed a decision made by the National Assembly to enact a law, led by Honourable Wavel Ramkalawan, to pay pensions to former members of the Assembly.  Like his previous defeat at the ballot box, Wavel will not take this lying down.

In the first instance, he used numbers to get him the post of Leader of the Opposition.  Current opinion is that the Honourable member will try to deploy numbers again to amend the constitution to suit his ambitions. It is dishonourable that a person uses the Constitution for personal ends and means – and will revert to changing it when events and decisions run counter to those ends and means.

As the Constitutional Court confirms that payments for political appointments have received specific attention in the Constitution, any act adding to the provisions of the Constitution is unconstitutional.  The only solution to get friends and acquaintances perks and privileges is to amend the Constitution.  The national interest or economic sustainability of such an action is of no importance.  This is especially so, when the pride of an election loser has again been bruised. He will stop at nothing to get his way.

Independent

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

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.
Mr Pat Pillay

However, the sale was sanctioned and the MNA’s voice was not heard. On top of that Mr. Patrick Pillay also purchased the plot mentioned above which falls in the reserve of the protected ‘Sou Souri banann’. There was a condition that he would not develop this property but use it as a buffer and for landscaping. As it is well known Mr. Pillay later sought permission to develop this same reserve (it is there on record) and he applied lots of pressure on the authorities because he had found an Arab buyer for the land. The Ministry of Environment and the Planning Authority stood by their decision and he was not given permission – something which angered and frustrated him very much.

We the residents of Port Glaud therefore do not trust Mr. Pillay to honour his agreement to keep this land as a protected reserve in the future when he can use his position of influence AGAIN to get permission to develop the land.

We therefore now appeal to both you Mr. President and Speaker Patrick Pillay to do the honourable thing and return this reserve to the people of Seychelles – more specifically to the people of Port-Launay.

Speaker Patrick Pillay has already benefitted from the purchase of prime beachfront property to which he was not entitled, plus 4 to 6 plots of farming land which he then sold to a Belgium naturalized Seychellois, plus ex Savy house at Fairview. We believe he has received enough favours when he was holding high positions in the government.

Let him now lead by example and return the protected land to government and take back his money which he paid – AND NO MORE PROPERTIES IN EXCHANGE PLEASE.

Residents of Port Glaud

Independent

No More Special Pension for Politician



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 Constitution.

Now - and it is a very big NOW - is the LDS and Wavel going to try and persuade the President to put through an amendment to the Constitution of the Third Republic with the sole purpose of pleasing him and his friends?

We need to point out at this stage that this pension for ex-ministers and MNAs is a sordid affair in the sense that these people has never contributed even a single rupee towards any special funds to be getting such a hefty pension from the National Assembly. In all the countries (UK & Canada, etc....) with a similar scheme the members have to contribute to a special pension fund when they are in office so that they can draw on a separate pension when they eventually retire.

In our case in Seychelles the ex-MNAs and ex-ministers are drawing two pensions; one from the National Assembly, where they contributed absolutely nothing and another one from the Seychelles Pension Fund where contributions were made based on their salaries, when they were in office. It is a grave injustice that has been put right on Tuesday by the Constitutional Court. We applaud the judiciary for standing with the people of this country and not siding with the voracity of crooked politicians.

Independent

Friday, 31 March 2017

The most famous hat in Seychelles

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 inheritance money that he still owes them. This will be an amicable way to resolve this matter with his brother and sister outside the court.

Independent

Maxime Ferrari masterminded the coup d’état

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 go in voluntary exile. Maxime also said that James Pillay was responsible for putting a gun around his waist and that it felt awkward; however, he did keep it on for a whole day. And the pistol that Jean Francois took to school at Seychelles College, who gave it to him? James Pillay?

A source close to former President Rene is now saying that Dr. Maxime Ferrari was the mastermind behind the coup d’état with the full backing of the French Government at the time. The French had wanted to do away with President Mancham, because the charismatic First President of Seychelles was too close to Britain and pro Americans. Ferrari recruited Albert Rene and the others to carry out the dirty deed on the 5th June, 1977, against the innocent people of Seychelles. When Rene had told Ferrari that they needed to wait for Mancham to be out of the country, Ferrari said that Mancham was expendable; meaning that Mancham could be killed. Ferrari also insisted that the coup d’état be directed from his house as the French Ambassador wanted him to oversee the whole operation. Dr. Ferrari confirms in the interview that the whole operation on that night was conducted from his garden at Sans Soucis and that the French Ambassador called him at 8am to congratulate him, on a job well done.

It should be underlined that the French provided Seychelles with its first vessel (TOPAZ) for the Navy after the coup with the most senior officers onboard being all French Nationals to help consolidate power in the hands of Albert and Ferrari. The French provided two experts (namely; Jacques Chevalreau and Michel Bourdeau) in intelligence gathering to assist Albert Rene and Maxime Ferrari with spying on the citizens. Ferrari also got the French to assist with a special advisor to Rene; he was called Jacques Garcin the son of Jean Garcin who was great friends with Ferrari. Jean Garcin assisted in the setting up of the SMB. The little arrangement with Albert Rene was that he would hand over power to Dr. Maxime Ferrari after five years. When Rene wanted to prolong his stay in power, it created the deep mistrust between the two traitors. During the first five years as president – Albert Rene formed close ties with the Americans and the British and didn’t have to rely on France, anymore, to stay in power. Rene subsequently arrested the French officers on Topaz and threw them out of the country along with Jacques and Michel. And Ferrari retired to the South France after his mandate with the UN in Africa came to an end.

Many people are jumping up and down to congratulate Maxime Ferrari for giving the interview, just like the French Ambassador did on the 5th June 1977 – this newspaper is grateful to the Doctor for speaking out. However, we are firmly convinced that he is not telling the whole truth. 

Independent

Monday, 27 March 2017

National Assembly closes for Aldabra vacation

The National Assembly will be closed for business next week because of a vacation to Aldabra by the honorable members. Many people have called this newspaper to complain about this situation. They are saying that the first thing this National Assembly did was to amend the law to lower the pension age for former ministers and MNAs. They are looking after themselves and their friends first and foremost. This was well before the 13th month salary (bill) was presented for the approval of the National Assembly.

In fact, if it was not for this newspaper the 13th month salary would still be a long way away. It was pressure from The Independent newspaper that forced its enactment late last year. The LDS tried to get the bill delayed with the possibility of a complete retraction. They were under tremendous pressure from their benefactors in the business community. In the end pressure coming from this newspaper and “people’s power” won the day, there was nothing LDS or PL could do to stop the 13th month salary from becoming law. However, the stevedores are still out in the cold despite Jean Francois Ferrari’s many promises to look into their plight. When it comes to the stevedores it seems that JFF’s tongue is stuck up the backside of the Speaker. We will keep reminding him of the promise he has made to fight for a better deal for the “down and trodden” (pil lo zot) upon stevedores.

The vacation to Aldabra by the MNAs is a deplorable situation it shows the true colors of the so-called people’s representatives – at a time when many Seychellois families are struggling to put food on the table, the people they elected to find a solution for their hardship decides to go on a luxurious vacation.  

Independent

Changes to the Offshore Companies and Proceeds of Crime Acts Need to be stopped!

In supporting changes to the law aimed at making the offshore less transparent and an easier place to hide dirty money, the LDS appears to be trying to turn the Seychelles into a jurisdiction of financial secrecy where criminals can bank with impunity. It is intentionally supporting changes in legislation for the primary benefit of a small number of offshore insiders and their overseas clients. In so doing, they are placing Seychelles at risk of mistrust and sanction by the international community. At the economic level, they are heightening the risk of loss of international banking services to businesses and ordinary people alike. At the domestic level, they are making it more difficult and even impossible to confiscate the banked monies of drug-trafficking kingpins, many of whom sponsored LDS for the last two National Elections.

Most ordinary people and even many MNAs don’t understand the underlying motivation behind the amendments. It seems that the LDS has been misled into supporting legislation that is bad for the country. It has been misled by a number of irresponsible insiders from the offshore sector. Their interests are represented in the Assembly by Ahmed Afif, who has denied to the Assembly that he was linked to a particular company associated with offshore financial services interests.  Documents shown to this paper suggest otherwise.

What is clear is that there is a concerted agenda by a small number of offshore insiders to undermine transparency in the offshore, the rule of law and the ability of the State to protect its financial services from being abused by criminals and terrorists. Consciously or unconsciously, the LDS has allowed itself to be hijacked for this purpose and been persuaded to vote as the majority to support the first of these abortive amendments.  The thrust of the amendment was to ensure that the identities of the Directors of offshore companies could   remain hidden from all public access (from banks, journalists or ordinary members of the public alike). Such ‘anonymous’ companies are in great demand by those conducting criminal and even terrorist enterprises because it enables them to conduct trading activities and move funds anonymously. This scenario will also provide a fertile ground for corruption. A good example is the use of a number of Seychelles offshore companies to breach the sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear missile programme between 2009 and 2015.

A more informed Parti Lepep member of the National Assembly rejected the bill and has stated that he will not recommend the bill be assented by the President. It is critically important to the economic welfare of this country and to its international reputation that the President does not give his assent.
A victory sign for money laundering

It is not clear why this type of legislation was given priority in the first few months of the National Assembly’s term.  Sources close to the party deny that they received election funding from those pushing the legislation. Other stakeholders such as the Bar Association don’t seem to have even been consulted. What is clear is that Seychelles has become a ‘captured state’, where the offshore financial services interests have gained control of the domestic political opposition which controls the Assembly.  Laws governing the offshore financial services sector are being created by a very small number of offshore insiders in collaboration with offshore financial services overseas. Their clear intent is to make the Seychelles a secrecy jurisdiction, a money laundry they can sell around the world for their own profit at a time when every other country in the world is tightening its regulatory environment.

Government has done well to expose the very misguided offshore companies (IBC) Act and must do so again with the POC Act. President Faure must put the interest of Seychelles first and foremost in considering any changes in the law in relation to the IBC Act.

Independent

Is Ahmed Afif a threat to National Security?


This is the question we should be asking ourselves, having served this government in key areas for twenty odd years - Ahmed Afif must know a hell of lot what went on during all these years that he was a major player in this government. However, he is keeping quiet and his silence over many issues is definitely not in the best interest of this country.

This newspaper has been following and observing Ahmed Afif since his election to the National Assembly. We believe that it is now time to expose Ahmed Afif for the liar that he is, in his demarche to front the agendas of his associates just like he did when he was in Government.

We are publishing a letter to show that Afif lied when he said in the Assembly that he had no association with any offshore company. It is also alleged that Ahmed Afif was party to the negotiations of the contract between government and the Irish. There are strong indications that Afif might have also signed on behalf of the State. Ahmed Afif has stayed silent in the National Assembly  all through the debacle over the contract between the Irish and GOS. He must now address this issue to say whether he was party to that contract or involved in any manner or form or not – he owes it to the people to come clean on this matter.


Source: Independent

Friday, 17 March 2017

Body Language Expert Analysis:

We gave this picture to our body language specialist aka Ed to give us his expert opinion on the people in the photograph. There are five people in total in the picture; a lady and four men all wearing different colour t-shirts. The lady is wearing a white baseball cap, earring and a necklace; she is dark skinned. However, there is very little that our expert can tell us about the lady as the rest of her person is not in view.

The guy in white cap, dark glasses and dark blue t-shirt are indicative of things to hide; many skeletons in the closet, so to speak. The chap in the yellow polo-shirt is a Tiger Woods impersonator; the kind that goes to church every Sunday with the family and gives generously to the church collection so as to escape the horror of the afterlife.       

The two males with their backs to the camera and hands in their pockets are very bad news to whoever decides to do business with these two fellows. They are good at putting their dirty hands in people’s pocket and keeping it there for as long as they can get away with it. They are also not wearing definitive colours, which is a sign of dubiousness and unprincipled character. You have been warned……

Independent

National Assembly in Disarray

It is a known fact that when you have an un-elected official as the head of elected members you are heading for trouble.  This is exactly the problem with a “Cohabitation through Collusion” National Assembly led by a person trying to hide his ownership of a bullet-proof BMW.  Will such a person be able to make a public declaration of assets?

We all expect to see the ‘plastik’ manhood carrier duck, dive, bobbing and weaving his way out of the fiasco of his own making – the attempt to please two masters at the same time!  Whilst trying to present a semblance of fighting for democracy in Seychelles, he is busy trying to keep democracy on a tight leash in the National Assembly.

The strategy is a short-term one as the constituents from various districts are beginning to realise that their dreams of the better and brighter future are being pegged on the ambitions of a single man.

A case in point is the current attempt for victimisation resolution. Discussions on the issue held in the National Assembly, apart from the initial live SBC broadcast or internet, are not available for public scrutiny on the National Assembly website. The deadline of 31st March, 2017 will be long past when the details are actually available for public scrutiny.

Currently available verbatim are at a three month backlog. This means that it will be July or August 2017 when the verbatim for March 2017 proceedings will be available.  Any questions arising about the issues raised will therefore only be academic.  The ensuing public discourse will therefore not be in the spirit of promoting fairness and democracy in the Seychelles.

In turn, this raises another issue of victimisation with respect to people who do not have access to diurnal televised Assembly proceedings.  Where do these people go to seek redress?  Will it be to the Reds or the Greens?  Who is responsible to ensure that the National Assembly acts within the framework of its proceedings – this situation is one where the National Assembly is acting as prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner – with no recourse on dissatisfaction?

In such circumstances the only reasonable outcome is that the National Assembly will be making decisions on the run.  It is a reflection of the National Assembly in disarray.  Further array is predicted given the inkling for those with mandates abusing the same for personal and undemocratic purposes.

Independent

"Escobars are murderers”, Wavel said

Last week on Tuesday 7th March the National Assembly debated on a motion on drugs brought forward by Honorable Bernard Georges the National Assembly representative for the district of Les Mamelles. This is the motion as it appeared on the order paper:

Lasanble Nasyonal I demann Governman pou met an plas en Task Force ki enkli reprezantan Gouverman, Lasanble Nasyonal, distrik, paran e dimoun konsernen pou:

1. Pas anrevi sityasyon drog dan sesel

2. Etidye mezir ki nou e lezot pei in pran pou atak problem drog

3. Resevwar propozisyon sorti kot sitwayen e Lorganizasyon konsernen lo mezir pou konbat sa fleo

4. Elabor en plan d-aksyon konpreansiv anvi redwir e elimin problem drog sesel

Our translation:
The National Assembly is appealing to the Government for the establishment of a Task Force to include representatives from Government, National Assembly, parents and concerned citizens to:

1. review the drug issue in Seychelles

2. study the methods by which we and other countries are attacking the drug problem

3. receive propositions from the citizens and concerned organization on measures with which to combat the scourge

4. come up with an action plan with the aim of reducing and eliminate drug problems in Seychelles.

What follows is an extract (translated) from The leader of the Opposition speech in the National Assembly on Tuesday 7th March: “He has got his big car, he has got his big house, and his children are at the private school, during the school holidays he takes his kids to Dubai and elsewhere to Disney World – and you, you just sit there like slaves, let’s get out of this slavery…… Mr. Speaker I took the girl and placed her in my car (I know her dad is listening to me now)… I put her on the boat and her dad called to say thank you very much cousin….. Mr. Speaker she has gone back to Corgate Estate… she has returned to Corgate Estate!! It is a wasted life. And for me it is for this reason that we need to make war without pity…. If we were in Bogota, tonight several of us, our body would be retrieved from the gutter with a bullet at the back of the head. But we are living in Seychelles… and today I would like to talk to those who say they support the LDS…. I want to talk to the Escobar to tell them that if they support the LDS, they cannot be doing drug business… they cannot be bringing heroin in this country… if they support LDS, they cannot be doing that. So if they are doing heroin business I don’t consider them supporters of the LDS…… I will not associate myself with them. And Mr. Speaker we need to be sending clear messages… we need to save this generation…..………..”

Wavel went on to say that the Escobar has no interest for the country and that the only interest they have is their own selfish interest. He also said that the Central Bank should give seven days notice only for the immediate collection of all the old bank notes to catch the Escobar out with their dirty money. This newspaper in some part agrees with what Wavel Ramkalawan said. However, we need to highlight the hypocrisy of the man, his double standard a trait he is well known for….

The exercise by Wavel to set himself apart last week on Tuesday is one that brought out the coward in the fake priest and he will regret doing it in the manner that he did….  Wavel thinks he is smart; smarter than all the rest in the LDS and this will be his undoing. It is important to note that Wavel came to this National Assembly having been defeated twice at the polls in the presidential and the legislative elections – he got in through the back door with the help of the Escobar. The big vehicles which he said belong to the Escobar were present at all the political rallies staged by the LDS during the campaign for the National Assembly elections. Wavel knew them because many were giving money to the LDS and spending a fortune to get LDS elected. If Wavel was a courageous leader he should have spoken out, there and then, at the rallies that he didn’t want the support of the Escobar - to tell the Escobar now after the election, when the Escobar had contributed so much towards the LDS victory, which has provided LDS with a majority in the National Assembly is both self-serving and deceitful on his part. This is the behavior of a (con man) dangerous person to be likened to a poisonous snake in the grass.

In fact in all the years that Wavel has been in politics he has done next to nothing to help out with dealing with the drug problems. The millionaire priest is now so drunk on power and arrogance that he has forgotten his past. We also need to point out that when he started his deliberations last Tuesday - it was a case of looking at himself in the mirror; “the big cars, the big house, private school, the holidays”. If push ever comes to shove, can Wavel truly account for all his thrills and privileges? This is the question!!  

Source: Independent

Friday, 24 February 2017

The cohabitation will FAIL!

The cohabitation between the LDS majority in the National Assembly and the Parti Lepep Executive will fail to achieve favorable results for the people. This is our prediction. We hope that we are wrong for the sake of this country. It will not succeed because it is not being done in the national interest or in the interest of those who voted for change. This is a little arrangement between old friends (Patrick Pillay, Simone, William, Noelie, Ahmed, Clifford and their friends in the Government of Parti Lepep) and political opportunists (Wavel, Bernard and others) to look after their own selfish interests - the people’s need and welfare are not being taken seriously, it is getting only lip service.

The welfare of others in the top executive of PL and LDS are also at the core of their agenda. The first thing that the new Government and National Assembly negotiated was to lower the pension age for ex-Ministers and ex-National Assembly Members. It must be noted that the Government of Parti Lepep was well and truly cornered by the results of the National Assembly elections and for the first time in forty years they found themselves without a working majority in parliament. In certain respects they had no choice; however, the LDS does have a choice.

They have decided to protect those same persons they said were not doing a good job running the country. They had told their followers they wanted change and could only achieve it with a win in the National Assembly Elections (2016). They got what they wanted, and are now using it to make deals. They have deceived their supporters!    

The LDS is in this cohabitation for the wrong reason; they are in it to “wheel and deal” and they will negotiate away the interests of the people. Both Pat Pillay and Wavel Ramkalawan have a track record of doing exactly that; we can all remember when Wavel and compatriot in the SNP voted for the 2008 Budget, no questions asked. Pat Pillay knew all about the SPUP/SPPF atrocities against this country and the people, yet he jumped at the first opportunity that was provided to him to join in the plundering that was taking place.

For the first time in a long time the PL Government is apprehensive and not in control of everything something that they are not use to…... In 2017 they depend on the good will of the opposition for the smooth running of the day to-day affairs of the country. This situation has presented the LDS hyenas with an opportunity to sink their teeth into some fresh meat or rotten meat for that matter, something they have been waiting for, for several decades. Their lust for privileges, power and fame cannot be ignored it is being displayed openly in the National Assembly.

Patrick Pillay is trying to defend the un-defendable he has acted unethically by allocating two key positions with hefty (unjustified) salaries within the administration of the National Assembly to his sycophants without advertising the posts – destroying the notion of equal opportunity in the process. This is corruption, something, which the LDS said they would fight against. Patrick Pillay is yet to provide details of all the land he acquired from government and how much money he made from the properties, that he eventually sold to foreigners; he must do that in the spirit of transparency. This was another typical case of using public office for private gains. We are highlighting these matters here so that the people can be motivated to keep their eyes wide open over the next four years. “In fini tro tar pou fer Seselwa dormi boner”.    


Pti Cowboy has landed the jackpot

Mr. Daniel Cesar aka Pti Cowboy has landed the jackpot not at Gran Kaz, but at the National Assembly in the form of SCR50, 000 per month as a retainer from the National Assembly out of the generosity of his good friend Speaker Patrick Pillay. People are saying that this move by Speaker Pillay to retain Cesar is payback for legal assistance provided to him during the National Assembly election battle with PL last year. Political observers have commented on the fact that Cesar doesn’t possess the required pedigree to hold this job down in the manner that it should. They believe it is a favour from Pillay to repay Cesar for standing by him during his ordeal in regards to the Sri Lankan boy’s allegations.  Cesar also runs a Facebook group, ‘One Seychelles’, from his office (which is paid for by the taxpayers) in the National Assembly from where he launches insults and attack on anyone with a different point of view than LDS. This is highly unethical coming from an office in the National Assembly – What is the Speaker going to do about this situation?  It goes to show that Daniel Cesar will not be impartial in his advice to the Speaker on National Assembly matters. A reader has sent the piece below to prove his point that Cesar is not proficient enough to be the top legal advisor to an institution as important as the National Assembly:

From Mr. Daniel Cesar
"National Assembly Budget Parti Lepep Orizinal are screaming double standards at the National Assembly. Note that the National Assembly Budget has not increased. Secondly it is for the first time that the National Assembly has come under scrutiny in the open something that never occurred in the previous Assembly. When LDS won the election let us not forget Parti Lepep Orizinal sabotage with mass resignations, burn documents and wipe out computers as they thought that they prevent the Assembly from functioning. As Ton Pat explained those stayed on gave a hand and others were brought in. What I am paid is no secret as a Lawyer & Notary Public with my own Chambers with rights of audience in all Courts- retainers for most lawyers are more than that. As Special Adviser I also advise on legal matters and conduct other duties as and when required. The gripe of Parti Lepep Orizinal is not the 50,000 that am paid per month but One Seychelles - our Group. Charles DeCommarmond as Leader of Government Business and Sebastien Pillay as the Deputy before you both complain about FACEBOOK tell Seychellois who is the culprit MNA within Parti Lepep Orizinal that did the dirty by sneakily taking the photo of the vehicle for the Deputy Speaker and then have it posted on Facebook under Fake Profile. I will continue to expose Parti Lepep Orizinal - someday I will make a revelation and all Seychellois will know Parti Lepep Orizinal for what it is and Seychellois will never trust them again - just keep watching this space Parti Lepep Orizinal - if it was a foreigner earning it would be fine but not for a Seychellois Ordiner - Fer en INVESTIGATION dan UNISEY kot Pontiff Pwason i Chancellor for LIFE ek zot bann dalon - Am LDS and am proud to be LDS and will not stop until an LDS President is State House - Get use to the LDS Opposition! Nou pou kontiyen pil lo Parti Lepep Orizinal pou tou zot malis ek soufrans ki zot in fer zot prosen bann malfeter! Mon poz sa la pou zot dizere!!! Charels DeCommarmond dir ek Seselwa lekel sa de KONSILTAN ki ou annan ki lasanble ki peye e konbyen zot ganyen"??

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Glenny Savy Stands firm to LDS Demands

The LDS National Assembly Members are lining up to have a go at the IDC/GICC and Mr. Glenny Savy. So much so that several people are alleging that they want GICC to build houses for them. This follows information that GICC allegedly helped build a house at St. Louis and also donated generously in the reconstruction of a church at Bel Ombre. The vultures are furious that they didn’t get to partake in that kind of generosity. This is a typical case of ‘abuse of public office for private gains”.
I le plis Ek Son Ban Dalon

We all know that the church at Bel Ombre was built almost entirely by donations from Dr. Ramadoss, Franky Petrousse, UCPS, IDC/GICC and others. However, the Church still had to fork out SR4.2 million to pay the construction company. Into whose pocket did that money go is still a mystery until today? There are allegations that GICC was also providing Indian construction workers for free to work for people in the leadership of LDS. It was being done in the name of philanthropy, but it is now becoming a big problem, because the minors in the party also want to cash in on the patronage of the benefactor. It is really a case of killing the goose that was laying the golden egg.

They are launching attack after attack LDS National Assembly Members want houses from
GICCon the IDC and its CEO with the hope that he will cave in to their deceitful intents.
Even the Seychellois in its 1st Edition of the year had a front page article dedicated to the
cause. Maybe, Uncle Tom is planning on building a mansion? So far IDC is standing firm
and not giving in to the local terrorists.

Independent

Francois is A Liar

Access to the beach is a fundamental right under the laws of Seychelles. However, over the years there has been a myriad of confusion regarding the issue. The fundamentalists have
wasted no time in howling their disagreement whenever there was a violation of this basic
birth right. The political establishment has also made capital of the issue to try to gain
popularity with the masses;

This newspaper is taking a fresh look at this situation and we will be publishing a series of articles to establish the level of violation in 2017 where it does exist. We know that the Beau Vallon Beach is totally opened to the public twenty-four hours a day, even if it has at least five big hotels along the beachfront. Access to the Anse Royale Beach is also unimpeded and the beach can be accessed at several points along the main road. In comparison with Beau Vallon, access to the Anse Royale Beach is on a par.

Several beaches in the South end of Mahe have been the cause of controversy in the past as far as access for the general public is concerned. One such place is at Baie Lazare, at the former Plantation Club, which is now under the management of the Kempinski Hotels. The Kempinski Seychelles Resort at Baie Lazare possesses one of the best beaches in the country; it stretches along the full length of the hotel and its beauty is incomparable. The locals have been enjoying this gift from the creator since time immemorial. The trouble with access started when the new owners changed the (original) public access to the hotel and the beach; a new access road from (Anse Soleil Road) the other side of the property was constructed. The original access road became a private entrance for the owners and the administrators of the property. The general public was not ready for that change and it was not taken lightly. However, things have now settled down and normality has been restored to this part of paradise.

The Baie Lazare ‘Kempinski’ beach can now be accessed at two different locations, without constraints; through the main entrance to the hotel, which is (100m) on the left along the Anse Soleil Road, which leads to the Four Seasons Resort or you can carry on straight along the Anse Soleil Road and do a left just before the car park at Four Seasons, this vehicular access will take you straight down to the beach. They are both much longer than the original access, but it is worth the time when you get there.

Our reporter went to the Baie Lazare Beach through the hotel main entrance along the Anse Soleil Road, recently. He was met by a security guard at the gate who wanted to know the reason for his visit; having been told that our man was going to the beach, the barrier was pushed aside and our man was allowed to drive through without problem. And on the beach he met with many locals, who said that they had no problems accessing the beach.


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Fake News? Read Le Seychellois!

Wavel is throwing bricks from a glass house.


The article published on page 7 in the first issue of Le Seychellois for 2017 is highly satirical; it is a case of the monkey laughing at the tail of the chimpanzee. Wavel is exceedingly frustrated with Parti Lepep because (according to him) State House and L’Espace Building are disseminating totally different messages and he doesn’t know who to believe. ‘It is high time they sort themselves out’, he wrote.

Is this a case of the pot calling the kettle black? Can the Honorable Gentleman explain the situation between LDS and SNP and LS, why is he sitting at Arpent Verte, when the headquarters of LDS is across the road from the hospital? Why, is he still sporting his green wristband even at funerals and green shirt in the National Assembly, when the party colour is Blue? Who is Wavel trying to fool? This is a clear sign of division, if proof was ever needed.

The official leader of the LDS is Mr. Roger Mancienne - why are we not hearing from him? Who is the real leader of LDS? This situation is similar to the two Presidents he is accusing PL of having. We agree with many points he highlighted in his article, but, things are not different with the LDS; where permanent disarray exist between him and Patrick Pillay; just last week they were fighting (like two old women) over who should have visited Marie-Louise prison. Subsequently, Wavel is doing his own thing with his SNP in preparation to ditch Pillay; remember Roger Mancienne is an SNP stalwart and LDS leader, he will side with Ramkalawan. Patrick Pillay is not sitting idle he is back  forging a fresh relation with his former political colleagues in anticipation of fresh elections; Pillay is also determine that Wavel never becomes president. “It is high time they sort themselves out”.

This newspaper is an independent observer. We are committed to unmask the politicians in their attempt to fool the people. Parti Lepep has a lot of problems, which must be sorted out fast to stop the hemorrhaging. The LDS is not faring any better, there is a big pretense that all is fine, but one just has to scratch the surface. This current situation with the two biggest political organizations, present the country as a whole with a climate of instability. It will impact negatively on the socio-economic wellbeing of the country, unless they start to behave responsibly by getting their act together.  

It must be noted that PL is in charge of the Executive and LDS the Legislature - and the fact that they cannot agree on anything in public and has to deal behind the scenes is another big problem. The fiasco with the 2017 Budget is causing stagnation in the economy. Instead of finalizing the debate on the 2017 Budget to allow for a smooth
start of the financial year 2017 - they chose to go on holiday – and now they are blaming each other for the uncertainty that is creeping into the real economy. Wavel is trying to exonerate himself of any blame through the said article on page 7 in Le Seychellois, Issue No 1. He must accept 50% of the blame for the mess he helped create.      

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

The true colours of Wavel Ramkalawan revealed

The Honourable Leader of Opposition’s head is getting too big for his stumpy body and soon he will topple over. It is obvious that Wavel’s populist politics have no boundary and that he will stop at nothing to try and get ahead of the pack, even if it means destroying the country in the process. The latest evidence of that came at the Seychelles Pension Fund symposium this week, where Wavel said that the official retirement age should be reduced to 55yrs. This is not the words of a wise leader. This is the words a man who is hungry for power and hence will stop at nothing to try and get there.

The statement by the Honorable Leader of Opposition was met with applause and cheers from the crowd – it is not known if the clapping was to show approval or shock. However, after the meeting the reality and implication of what the man had said had sunk in and the crowd left the hall in a somber mood; muttering to one another about the proposition from the man who wants to be President of Seychelles one day. It was a shocking reality even to some in his own circle. They started to realize the implications of what the LDS leader had proposed and the impact it will have on the wellbeing of the country and the people.  

The verbal diarrhea came after the presentations, when members of the public had the opportunity to interact with the speakers and get answers to all their queries with regard to pension. This is when the clever little fellow from LDS dropped his bombshell. Even Donald Trump would have struggled to better that one – it was a masterstroke from the millionaire priest.  

Now, it is important for the Leader of the Opposition to provide the public with more details on this proposition of lowering pensionable age. And if it was a mistake he should also come out and say it before it becomes a national storm like his 13th month salary shenanigans that backfired in a big way. It will be the responsible thing to do!

Independent

The BIG conspiracy

LDS and the PL Government are involved in a big conspiracy behind the scenes. Everything that you see being played out in public is a charade to fool the people. This newspaper is speaking out to stop the pretense before too much harm is done to society. This prevailing situation is not in the people’s best interest. It is a case where the politicians are taking care of themselves and their own first and foremost. This situation was kick started by the LDS in an effort to provide financial security to many of its top executive, who had not won National Assembly seats or were not qualified for Ministerial or National Assembly pension because of the age restriction.  This included people like Ms. Simone Decommarmond, William Herminie among others, who had not reached the retirement age of 63yrs. Parti Lepep didn’t have this problem because they could just create a position for their own in government with a big salary and problem solved! However, the LDS doesn’t have this kind of luxury so they had to strike deals. Subsequently, the law was changed by this parliament as a favour to LDS to provide former ministers and ex-national assembly members with government pension before they reach 63 yrs old.  

We can state, with conviction, that in a meeting that took place at State House in the last quarter of 2016, between the LDS Executive and the Head of State, the LDS made several unethical demands with the sole intention to provide financial assistance to certain persons in their top executive and inner circle. We know that Wavel pushed hard in the meeting for MNA’s pension age to be lowered to 55yrs. The amendment to the law was made soon after the meeting to bring down the age limit to 60yrs of age or 55yrs of age if the member had been in the Assembly for 144 months (3 terms) or if the member retired on medical grounds.  The evidence of the deals is clear for the enthusiastic observers to see: Why would the PL Government be overturning a decision they made barely ten months ago? If it was not a favour for the LDS?

The National Assembly is another place, which the LDS is using to good effect to provide well paid jobs to people close to them. Daniel Caesar has been rewarded with a lucrative deal as the legal counsel for the National Assembly, apparently he has set up shop - lock, stock, barrel and kitchen sink included, at the National Assembly; no pun intended. The LDS candidates for Pte Larue and Port Glaud have also been provided with a cozy little earner each – if they decide to jump up and down because of this article we will publish their salaries to show the corrupt nature of the LDS.

However, LDS’s partner in crime, PL is totally mute on the orgy in the National Assembly. Is it a case of, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil??

We also firmly believe that the appointment of both the new Chairman of IDC and the Mayor of Victoria are favours accorded to the LDS leadership by the ruling party. What are they giving in return? The people must start looking and thinking and not following blindly - before it is too late. You have been warned!!      

Independent

An attack on press freedom by LDS


The postings here extracted from the facebook page, ‘Seychelles Daily’, clearly show sthe level of intimidation that is being applied on persons with an opinion different to that of the LDS. This cannot be democracy no matter how you look at it – it is purely and simply an attack on press freedom in this case.

The SPPF/PL is well known for their lack of tolerance in the past, it is well documented over the years. However, in 2017 we have a situation where the past victims of intimidation, harassment and persecution have now become the perpetrators of these same crimes. This situation is fully encouraged and endorsed by the LDS top executive members – it is common knowledge that persons in the leadership of the party have fake profiles on facebook for the sole purpose of intimidating and insulting people with a different point of view or people who simply doesn’t agree with a statement they have made. Here at The Independent we term this situation democracy through intimidation – in fact both (PL/LDS) sets of supporters are guilty of that vile behaviour.

The Independent newspaper has been under attack since it first started in 2014; the Editor is insulted on a daily basis by LDS supporters in public, which hardens his resolve.   The retailers that sell the paper in their shops are more often than not harassed by LDS supporters and in some shops they have to hide the newspaper under the counter to avoid being confronted by aggressive (LDS) customers. Several shops refuse to sell the paper because we write articles criticizing LDS. Is this the democracy we have been fighting for forty years? Is this the kind of free press we fought SPPF for? Or are they (too) afraid of the truth? What will an LDS government do to newspapers that criticises them? These are relevant questions that must be reflected upon in this process of change and new ideas in 2017.

Independent

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Clifford Andre went AWOL from National Assembly duties


One of the National Assembly’s most corrupt MNA decided to spend his Christmas as far away as possible from his constituents – he left even before the National Assembly had ended their debate on the budget for recess to go on holiday with his family. This is corruption and a clear sign that the MNA places his interests before that of the people who voted for him. It is alleged that Clifford left Seychelles in the third week of December with a team of ten people destined for Dubai to allegedly spend three weeks at the Atlantis Hotel. This hotel charges 20,000 rupees a night. If he indeed spend three weeks there, it would have cost him SCR 300,000. This is a man who was taken to court by a lady over a SCR1.9 million transfer of a plot of land at Turtle Bay, which she never got. Clifford Andre a former Parti Lepep MNA is not genuine opposition – he joined the opposition
when he got thrown out by Parti Lepep, loosing the privileges he was enjoying. He is driven by bitterness and nothing else. It is also not clear how he was called to the local BAR, maybe he can clear that one out by releasing his certificates.

This newspaper was approached by several residents of Anse Aux Pins expressing their dissatisfaction with the MNA – many people were looking for him for assistance over the festive season; for a small bottle of cooking gas and Clifford was nowhere to be seen – he was swimming with the Dolphins in Dubai. Maybe, next time they will know whom to vote for…..      

Independent

Wavel wants control over both the CAA and ACC

The defacto Leader Of The Opposition in the National Assembly the Honourable Wavel John Charles Ramkalawan is hard at work trying to assume control over both the Constitutional Appointment Authority (CAA) and the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). The strategy is simple enough for the seasoned political analyst to understand and detect, but harder for an amateur observer. This newspaper is going on intelligence that has reached our office and on small talks between the players in the legal circles whilst sipping on 12 year old Chivas Regal – during network building and planning our future.

It is obvious that Wavel has a big problem with the composition of the CAA board members – he has made that clear during deliberations in the National Assembly – he wants to have a say in the composition of the board, maybe he should, but all things considered, he will have to wait for the current members’ mandates to run out. Many people believe that his main target is Jane Carpin, that may also be true, but Wavel has bigger goals and huge ambitions; he basically wants some sort of control over the appointment of judges. We know of three persons that Wavel would appoint Supreme Court judges, tomorrow, if he had his way; one lordship and two ladyships. He has also been applying pressure for the ongoing investigation against one Supreme Court Judge to be annulled and the Judge reinstated.

A quick look at these situation shows that if he could get his man and two women appointed, plus the reinstatement of the other one – he will immediately be cutting favour with four Supreme Court Judges. In fact he will have full control over the judiciary when the other ‘snakes in the grass’ are taken into consideration. This is why Wavel is putting pressure for the CAA Chairperson to appear before the National Assembly, it will provide him with an opportunity to force the dissolution of the current board – if that happens he will have a very big say in the composition of the new board – he will ask that the nominees comes before the National Assembly for approval and with a majority in the National Assembly, he will pick his men and/or women to do his dirty job. This is a serious matter that must be scrutinized extensively.

Now, the Anti Corruption Commission board members are also a big problem for Wavel – he wants it disbanded and fresh members appointed. WHY? It is for the same reason that he wants the CAA Board disbanded; he wants influence over the ACC to accord protection to certain (CORRUPT) persons who are now in his camp. We will publish an article to expose this particular shenanigan and who he wants to protect in another edition…...... watch this space!

Independent

Saturday, 14 January 2017

DRUG LORDS CALLING THE SHOTS - will LDS offer amnesty

Politics has reached an all-time low in Seychelles with organized criminals running the agenda in our National Assembly I am utterly ashamed and disappointed to say we have arrived at a point where the interests of a small group of death peddling wealthy drug traffickers are being pushed by LDS who rather than outlining their plans to tackle the drug epidemic LDS appear hell bent on destroying the agencies who are tasked with tackling the issue to please their paymasters in the drug trade.

It is hardly coincidence that at the very time the NDEA and FIU are poised to take out the most prolific drug lords in Seychelles the LDS launches unfounded attacks on both organizations and have gone as far as proposing changes to the law to protect wealthy drug dealers. We must ask ourselves is this what we voted for, a country where a small minority of legitimate business people and a bunch of organized criminals become even more wealthy on the backs of ordinary decent citizens. LDS wants the Irish to go, ask yourself why and if you are honest you will see that it is because the Irish have had the courage to take on the drug lords. They attack the Irish because they have been effective in controlling the problem and have upset their drug peddling supporters.

When the LDS complain that when the NDEA is doing its job by being proactive and they are upsetting criminals when they search them and their houses. LDS wants the NDEA to stop harassing drug dealers unbelievable when LDS quote complaints from the public we must ask what public they are talking about - is it the criminal fertility that they are fighting for. Where in the world would you see a National Assembly destroying national institutions? I as an LDS supporter was sickened by the behavior in the Assembly of certain members of our party. They have shown that rather than being statesmen they have behaved like bitter thugs hell bent on seeking revenge and driving a wedge deeper into the divide, shame shame shame on them.

I as an LDS supporter I will not stand by and watch LDS be hijacked by criminals and turn Seychelles into a place where criminals are benefiting from our national institutions, it is time for LDS to disclose its relationship with drug lords and indeed anyone who is involved peddling drugs. I call on all decent supporters to contact your MNA and ask them why they are pushing drug trafficker’s agenda. Ask them if there are plans to offer an amnesty to wealthy drug traffickers who have destroyed countless families. Rumor amongst LDS supporters is that they are following this line because our party leadership has been threatened by drug dealers this may be true but it is more likely that someone has profited financially, let us hope and pray that our party is not founded and run on drug money.

It is time that we focus on the problem of crime and drug dealing. We must support the agencies tasked with fighting crime we must work with and strengthen these agencies.

As for the loud mouth veteran Lepep members where are they coming from, are they also compromised, for years there have been strong rumors about these members it appears they are frightened of what the NDEA knows about them so they have aligned themselves with LDS members in the assembly to jointly destroy the only credible defense we have against drug Escobar’s taking over our country. Shame, shame shame on them too.

I am ending with a final and extremely worrying thought, if LDS is successful in destroying the NDEA and the FIU what is the future for us, I dread to think where Seychelles will end up, LDS current policy is like dismantling the life boat at sea and saying we will work it out when we are drowning. We Seychellois are smart intelligent people who will not allow ourselves to be taken for fools and slavishly follow this madness, ask your MNA to outline to you how LDS propose to tackle drug dealing and associated crime and are there plans to offer an amnesty to drug traffickers so they can enjoy their blood money with politicians sharing in the loot.

Contributed...

Independent

Wavel misinforms the population. Is he digging for gold?

The Leader of the Opposition (LOTO) is hard at work and in many instances misleading the populace in an attempt to reach state house by 2020 at all costs. However, we must admit that the LOTO and his gang has done brilliantly so far at pulling the 2017 Budget apart to look into the hidden details that had the potential to plunder the taxpayers.

Wavel having lost all presidential elections since 1998 is now going for a win
win situation no matter what will be the results in 2020. He will either be President or a very wealthy priest. It is fair to say that Speaker Pillay is now totally isolated politically and finds himself sitting on a sharp object, one false move they will have his behind for whatever it is now worth, politically – they see him as getting on in age to be of any threat in 2020 to PL. Even the corrupt little Maldivian is now tucked firmly under the millionaire’s priestly robe. How many of them will fit under it is anyone’s guess. Jean Francois is fighting his way back under the robe after leaving the party in 2012 and stabbing father in the back for many years before coming back to full time politics in 2016 when things started to look more promising. We are sure that Wavel will not forget his betrayal in a hurry. 

The Honourable Father KP is using his position in the National Assembly to target the people he doesn’t get along with and to also dig for gold, allegedly. Many political observers are saying that the Arabs have become a favorite target for the LOTO for obvious reasons. In the last few sessions of the National Assembly before going into recess until February, the LDS leadership had an unjustified dig at Sheikh Khalifa.    

Wavel stated that an aircraft belonging to the UAE’s Head of State refused the health authority access to board the plane for inspection and clearance procedures, which is a requirement for any incoming aircraft. This newspaper have checked with the airport authorities and all other agencies involved at the airport to ascertain the truth – it has been confirmed to us that the aircraft in question went through all the necessary clearance procedures required under the rules and regulations and at no time was a health personnel or any other official refused access to board the plane.

The question that remain to be answered is: Why would Wavel be spreading the wrong information? Is it a genuine mistake or is our priest digging for gold?

Independent