Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Grand Exercise in Deception

The District consultative meetings of President Michel

Now that the curtain has fallen on the comedy in 25 acts to cover the districts, where President James Michel of Seychelles and his ‘team’ were facing the ‘people’ to speak about the future of our country, it is time to assess what has really come out of these meetings.

We all know that this was carefully orchestrated with the huge help of Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) to get Michel and his government to gauge the political support that they currently hold in the districts after the decision to embark on the IMF program. As he tried to reassure the public in all the districts that the reforms were on the right track, he could not escape the various criticisms being dished out left, right and centre about the failings of his government since he has assumed power. So instead of focusing on talking about the future of the country, Michel and his team were confronted about the inefficiencies of his government in all sectors. The message coming out was very clear. The SPPF and now Lepep Party has failed the people for the past 3 decades. The present needs to be fixed fast before he can get any support in the future.

Michel calls it a grand exercise in democracy. How ironic when people are denied their democratic rights under the constitution (freedom of association etc…) and then he decides that meeting with a handful of mostly his own supporters in the districts constitutes democracy. It would be best to call it a grand exercise in deception as the sole purpose of these meetings was to deceive the people into believing that everything was fine, the economy was doing well under the reforms, currency was stabilizing, we need to unite etc…

Unfortunately, for those who have been following the SPPF throughout their history in power, it has always been about lies, deception and ‘bat latet’. The reforms that we have embarked on will take us more than 15 years before we see any light at the end of the tunnel. But not even a year on, Michel chooses to distort the facts by claiming that we are already there! And according to him, we will be out of this in no time. Many will remember when he came out after his first election to declare that ‘nou lekonomi y solid’. We were very far from the truth. While behind the scenes, the pillaging and siphoning off of funds were going on to reward the architects of the revolution; the people were being deceived into believing that all was well. Today, Rene, Mukesh, Sarah, Ramadoss, Savy brothers, Leopold Payet, and many others are living the lives of millionaires while the people of Seychelles return to poverty not known since the British days.

Michel was somehow voted in with another mandate (after spending millions of funds including our own social security reserves) and he declared arrogantly that he did not need the opposition to run the country. ‘Kile lopozisyon, les Jj travay!’ Now that the situation has turned on its head, Michel is out to deceive again. He wants unity; he is calling on every Tom, Dick and Francis to ‘Koste’ so that we can chart the course of a new Seychelles. He now needs everyone on board as it is in the interest of his own political survival. Michel cannot be trusted. He will manipulate any situation to his own advantage and has a total lack of sincerity. Who can trust a man who helped Rene gain power via a violent coup d’etat and then declared that his hands are clean? Who can trust a man who helped Rene and his cohorts to rob the country of billions of dollars while he was Minister of Finance? Who can trust a man who let Francis ChangLeng, the Central Bank of Seychelles Governor, steal millions from the State coffers?

Michel has now realized that things ‘on the ground’ are far worse than he feared. His closing address at the Bel Ombre meeting (which by the way was a gross abuse of state funded television air time) seemed like a desperate rallying call to all his dwindling middle leadership and supporters to double their efforts and reach out to the Lepep that they have lost touch with since his last election. The economic reforms are already the writing on the wall for the demise of Michel and his clan. A president who does not have much to do than to listen to problems in respective districts shows how much work he has on his agenda! He is perhaps slowly realizing how much he has lost touch with his people and how inefficient his government has become. As he tries to turn to the people to guide his leadership, he is confronted with problems, problems and more problems. From rubbish bins to basic lighting in districts, to an inefficient bus service and district administrators that work for their own pockets. Is this the future?

Another exercise to visit the districts soon? I don’t think so. He will be better off receiving dignitaries by the loads and try to look presidential… while waiting on the leader of the opposition to come along for tea so that he can weave his web of deception and try to come out as the leader who can unite the people of Seychelles.

James Michel lacks the intelligence, vision and integrity to take this country beyond party politics towards a healthy recovery for the benefit of our future generations. He is part of the stock that violated the constitution in 1977 and cannot preach democracy on a moral high ground. His grand exercise will always remain one of DECEPTION as he was part of the group that dismantled democracy in our country and replaced it with inefficiency, an impotent judiciary, and three decades of misery for its citizens. UNITY is beyond him and his legacy will always be one of a “deceptive thief in the night”.


Anonymous said...

Deception is right and I praise the writer of this article. James Michel is an impostor and after Albert Rnee, he is the biggest liar ever to live in SEychelles. He is an uneducated fool who thinks he is a great man, making stupid speeches about global warming and sea level rising when he knows nothing abuot those subjects. The district meetings showed that he is as bad as Despilly William and all the other idiots we have in SEychelles who thinks they are great when they are nothing. I hope Michel and Rene and all these other SPPf leaders die soon so that we can have our country back. I pray eveyr night that they meet the devil soon.

Anonymous said...

As a person who has voted SPPF since the 1980s, I can say clearly that I was sad to watch the simagri debates. I watched most of the debates and could not understand why a President who should be running the country was sitting there trying to solve minor problems of the districts. Why do we have MNA's representing districts, as well as SPPF district administrators? Where is SPTC management? Where is the Minister of Lands, Minister of Health?

The debates showed that this Michel Government is the most inefficient one ever. The people were right to complain and Michel should be ashamed of the people in his own Government. He should fire these high level officials rather than the little people at the bottom. In the end, it shows that SPPF has no leadership qualities and the people should speak clearly at the next elections and vote them out once and for all. Only then will Seselwa koste for the good of the country. As for me I will be voting for anotehr person but not James Michel.

Anonymous said...

James Michel and the SPUP/SPPF/PL governments have indeed failed grossly in the past and still have not yet managed to sail the ship in the right course, but I believe he deserves credit for making an effort to clean up the mess left by France Albert Rene. I will also give JAM credit for having the balls to meet the public and take critism from right, left and centre and taking action based on those fingers pointed at him and his party which is more than what can be said about Ramkalawan and his SNP. I say "his SNP" as he treats it as his personal lebensraum(living space) where he acts as leader and dictator. He despises any critism and gets very defensive, not to mention aggressive, each time critism is directed to him. The actions of Ramkalawan since the last 2 elections I'd say deserve to be categorized as "a grand excercise in deception", both to his voters, members of his party and not least to all Seycehllois.

Anonymous said...

Vox Dei says:

Excellent article and good comments above.

BUT i am however certain that despite the "uneducated" man at the head of SPPF/PL he will defeat the so called educated and most intelligent of all candidate that the Opposition will put up against him.

Why? The SPPF/PL are better organised in every way, hard working when it comes to election, united despite differences, and most of all want to win.

The Opposition is the opposite of everything the SPPF/PL but they are especially and particularly lazy!!

Was the exercise by JAM useless. No. Why? He got airtime, faced criticism, talk to a good chunk of the population and me a number of them. Face it, the majority of the population intellect is more or less limited. Most of them were happy that their concerns, which may be mundane to the "intellectual bourgoisie" that forms the bulk of the Opposition support and leaders, but important to him.

Does it matter that Tromelin or some other obscure island is in a treaty (apprently which was the cause of the break up of the alliacne) or that Taiwan or Chinna or whateever the fuck the name of those countries are attacks each other (apparently that was what triggered of the discord beween the SNP/DP), the answer is a big fat NO!!! What concerns the ordinary Seychellois is bus problem, water ect...can JJ fix that. If he does he guarantees a vote, if he does not he may still guarantee the vote. Have we noticed the shifting the blame scenario, does it work. Probably does. Blame Mr Morgan, JJ says. Doe that work. I think it does!!

I say the exercise was a success for JJ, of bad taste maybe but will be vote dividends!

Anonymous said...

I salaute the writer. He has more balls then JAM packed in an underwear!

People must not lose sight. Jam bankrupted Seychelles as Minister of Finance then as President.

Water problems, lack of buses, lack of drains, lack of adequate school supplies, lack of cars for Police, lack of attention to the drug problem cost of living are all problems he caused. Simply.

Going to the Districts was an exercise to come to appear like a nice guy.

Ramkalawan cannot go to the Districts like Jam did because he has no better alternative. His circle is made up of people who would not do much better then JAM right now.

Good hard working people are out there. I do not lose hope. Obama tells us everyday not to lose hope, in spite of facing a hopeless JAM.

Failure is his real medal.

Anonymous said...


If the Opposition can show up to elections united, they win.

Then we can get all our debts pardoned.

Then we can get rid of the all the tata buses and replace them with french trains and cable cars made in Sweden.

We can replace the puc generators with wave machines that take advantage of the currents under water. This will cut Seychelles fuel bills.

The point is with change, there are great possibilities. Without it, we are a bit like a pig pen that is never cleaned out.

Time to focus on the clean up Vox!

Christopher Gill

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