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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…

Pti Cowboy has landed the jackpot

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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 A…

Glenny Savy Stands firm to LDS Demands

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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”.

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 becom…

Francois is A Liar

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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 …

Fake News? Read Le Seychellois!

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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 …

The true colours of Wavel Ramkalawan revealed

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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 Seych…

The BIG conspiracy

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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…