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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 …

National Assembly closes for Aldabra vacation

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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 …

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

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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 suppor…

Is Ahmed Afif a threat to National Security?

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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 …

Body Language Expert Analysis:

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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 an…

National Assembly in Disarray

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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 Nati…

"Escobars are murderers”, Wavel said

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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 at…

The cohabitation will FAIL!

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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 Par…