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LDS is calling for full mobilisation for a mass rally on Sunday 23rd September, 2018 at Pointe Larue.

The event will mark the 2nd Anniversary of the LDS majority in the National Assembly, after the 2016 elections. LDS is asking the people of Seychelles to mark this occasion as the beginning of change that our country needs. The National Assembly has set a new direction for Seychelles.

But it is time to renew the battle for change. LDS seeks the support of all for its call for fresh Presidential election. 

WE NEED A NEW GOVERNMENT!

The Government led by Mr. Danny Faure has stalled. Decisions are not being taken and many problems are dragging on. Mr. Faure himself is stuck in the practices of the past and is unable to take action against the pressing problems such as drugs and corruption. We need a new start. 

COME AND SUPPORT OUR CALL FOR CHANGE! 

LDS will launch actions to call for new Presidential election and to get support of the people of Seychelles for this.

LDS believes the time is right to renew the call made in early 2017, under the logan “We want an Elected President”. This is because there is now ample proof that the current administration is failing in its responsibility to provide leadership for the country, and in particular to resolve the numerous problems that we contunue to experience.

The new call will be launched in a motion brought by the Leader of The Opposition, Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan, asking the National Assembly to call on President Danny Faure to resign to make way for a fresh Presidential election.

This motion will not have any binding Constitutional effect, because under our Constitution the president is directly elected by the people and cannot be removed by parliament through a motion.

The motion will be followed by rallies and meetings in which LDS will ask the people of Seychelles to back this call. This will demonstrate the people’s will which is the basis of democracy.

Dates and  venues for these events will be publicised and LDS seeks overwhelming support for this call.

Seychelles national football team faces African superpower Nigeria on Saturday. 

It is the case of a mouse against the super eagles. But what can make the difference is the support that our boys can get from the whole country.

We need to rally behind Seychelles! 

Seychelles coach Gavin Jeanne has done his best to downplay expectations. He has recognised the long odds that we face against one of the most powerful teams on the continent, with a lot of resources at its disposal. 

The coach has also spoken of the difficulties he has had in pulling the squad together and the resources to put it in readiness. 

But we know the players are keen for this test. We will give them all the support we can and hope the day will be theirs, and ours. 

Ale Sesel

Picture : Migrant workers in Seychelles

The department of employment has announced that government will pay off migrant workers being repatriated if their employers have failed to pay them.

According to the Principal Secretary for Employment, Jules Baker, Government will pay workers facing deportation from the Trafficking in Persons Fund so they can go home with their salaries. These payments could add up to a cost of around R800,000 to R1 million. Government will then take action to make the employers reimburse the payment.

While this scheme may solve one problem it could lead to another. Dishonest employers may wriggle out of their responsibility altogether.

Tough action is needed to ensure that employers who bring in foreign workers meet their obligations in full. The payment of salaries to workers, Seychellois or foreign, must have priority in any funds or assets owned by the employer.

According to the labour department, there are currently nine businesses that are reneging on employment laws and the main violation among this group is non-payment of workers’ salaries and additional benefits such as overtime. Other violations include improper accommodations and abuse of working hours.

PS Baker has announced that some regulations will be strengthened in response to the current crisis.  Laws will be amended to impose stiffer fines for employers failing to meet their obligations, and the mechanism for work permits will be stricter.

But these regulations need to implemented rogourously if the problem is to be solved. The laissez-faire attiitude of key ministries is the main reason why the situation has reached a crisis.

 

All decorated but nobody came

Parti Lepep has come to a hard crash. A public rally at Anse Boileau on Sunday has turned into a total failure.

The rally was the first public activity organised since a series of meetings held to elect district committees were held several months ago. Advertised on TV, it was not short of publicty and the venue was brightly decorated.

Byt what never materialised is the crowd. Scheduled to start at 2.00 pm, there was no one until around 4.00 pm and then only about 10 people ever showed up.

No major party officials showed up either, although there were a few organisers who stayed mostly out of sight. The rally never happened.

The flop will be a big blow for Parti Lepep as they seek to gain their footing. The party has been discredited, largely by the revelevations of financial abuses and corruption for which they are being held to account. 

It is not clear where the Party stands in relation to the Danny Faure presidency. According to reports there have been talks between the factions to try and patch things up between them but they are still in disagreement about the future presidential candidate and who will be what if they win an election. 

For the moment, it is clear PL has a lot of thinking to do about its future. 

 

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