JAMES MICHEL & HIS ‘NEW KHASHOGGI’ ARAB FRIENDS
To set the Seychelles record straight, rewind to 36 years ago (360° about turn!) and you will be shocked to see history repeating itself. How ironic!
Back in the early ‘70s leading to our Independence, James Mancham had started his ‘friends to all, enemy to none’ diplomacy and invited investors to help build our country. Albert Rene & James Michel were vehemently opposed to this policy and the friends that Mancham was keeping. Their rallying call at the time was that our patrimony was being sold off, our sovereignty compromised, access to our beaches being denied... Sesel Pou Seselwa became the battle cry.
One of the prime ‘investor’ that Mancham was attracting was a billionaire arms dealer by the name of Khashoggi. He had bought several parcels of land including the whole of Beau Vallon beach. His mega yacht was a regular visitor to our shores.
Today in 2010, after more than 30 years of communism experimentation, we see James Michel doing a 360° about turn back to the pre Independence days, adopting a so called ‘economic diplomacy’! He has stolen a leaf out of Mancham’s book (he cannot think for himself!) and is now in the company of some ‘new Khashoggi’ friends. But he is not selling land at its market value (he does not have the brains & industrious acumen to carry out any business on behalf of his people) – he is gifting it for one (1) rupee. God knows how much ‘gous’ (रु. घूस, back shish, فساد أخلاقي, pots-de-vin, 贿赂, bribes, взятки) he and his cronies are pocketing with these deals. To add insult to injury, his propaganda machines will want us to believe that he has ‘a heart for every Seychellois’! No James Michel. You wanted to be judged by your actions. You have your heart (hand) in the pockets of the newfound friends that you keep for company such as Sheik Khalifa and Prince Talal.
The very same reason (excuse is more appropriate) that Michel and Albert Rene used to carry out their cowardly act of the Coup D’état has come back to haunt them. History repeats itself and how ironic that Khalifa has also been gifted the same land at Beau Vallon that Mancham had sold to Khashoggi. The ruthless communist regime of Albert Rene & James Michel had acquired this land “in the national interest” back in the days…
But worse, James Michel has given away the following to his newly found company of friends:
$$$ - Petite Anse to Prince Talal who has put up a Four Seasons hotel and residences complete with concessions galore. All profits and revenue tax free and total repatriation of funds.
$$$ - Several hectares at Barbarons, Mahe, (ex Seychelles Army chicken farm plus the whole mountain and valley); to Sheik Khalifa for his own personal use, complete with several other palaces (read personal playgrounds).
$$$ - The whole of Police Bay, Mahe to Sheik Khalifa who will turn it into his private marina (read maritime playground), where he can hide all his big yachts and toys. Check one of the toys costing US$ 485 million: www.aummaumma.eu/cache/varie/5027.htm or http://ma6aba.com/blog/2009/04/sheikh-khalifa-bin-zayed-alnuhyans-yacht/
$$$ - Huge chunks of land at La Misere, Mahe (ex US tracking station site) to Sheik Khalifa who is building a 6 story, four block, 3D palace for a holiday home. He imported over 2,000 illegal Asian workers under his own construction company called ASCON. Rumour has it that this palace complex will be linked with the Barbarons site via a cable car system!
$$$ - Several hectares at Anse Pasquiere & Pti L’Anse on Praslin to Prince Talal who is building a hotel (Raffles) and several residences to sell to his rich & famous friends. No revenue and no taxes coming into the country. Concessions galore…
$$$ - Several hectares at Beau Vallon, Mahe to Sheik Khalifa (under the cover of Abu Dhabi Development Corporation) sold off by Bel Ombre Investments (a pseudo holding company fronted by a non descript character) for no other than the powerful local kingpins in the name of Albert Rene Inc. and Mukesh Valabhji. Another massive luxury project will be in the offing…
$$$ - Several hectares on Providence reclaimed land, Mahe (Zone 21) to Sheik Khalifa where a housing complex is being erected to house his army of illegal immigrant works who are frantically working on his projects on a 24hr basis.
Today the so called ‘investors’ are not billionaire arms dealers but Sheiks & Princes armed (stuffed) with petro dollars. They have found Jason (James – the Jj one!) & his golden fleece and he is being hunted down!!
Surprised? Disgusted? Outraged? You better be and you have all the right to be! Unless of course you are Marie Louise Potter and her gang of demagogues in the national assembly. They want us to believe that James Michel has carte blanche to perform such sell outs and it is done in the interest of the country and its people! Give us a break! Aret bat latet Seselwa!
Next week, we’ll explore the Russian connection and then the South African influence followed by the Chinese and Indian invasion!
SESEL POU SESELWA!Talal
Khalifa (below James Michel selling out)