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When he became President, Danny Faure said he would work with National Assembly to do what’s best for Seychelles. He presented himself as a leader who knew how to work across the political divide. It is a claim he has repeated often.

But his willingness has faltered. 

On the subject of salary increases for the Public Service, Danny Faure and the LDS majority in the National Assembly are at loggerheads. At his last word, Mr. Faure has stated that he will not accept any change in the proposal he has made for an across the board 5% increase for all public employees.

The salary increase was presented in the 2019 Budget, and was to tak effect on April 1. The National Assembly approved the sum of R62 million for the purpose in this years budget, to cover nine months. 

The LDS in the National Assembly has rejected the 5% for eveyone proposal, on the grounds that it gave very little to the lowest paid. Workers on minimum wage would get R250 only, while the highest paid would get R3000. Instead,it has proposed an equal sum of R525 for everyone net after tax, 

For the LDS, the salary increase is an occasion to do something definitive about poverty. It has presented its proposal as a one-time action to bring up the lowest paid. It has accepted that professionals and higher ranked public servants also need to be rewarded and that there needs to be sufficient progression in the salary scale to reflect qualifications, responsibility and authority. But striking a blow at povery is a priority at this moment. 

Danny Faure has nt accepted any of this, insisting that the 5% across the board must stand. He took the controversial step of publicising a letter he had sent to the National Assembly calling for them to approve the bill as it stands.

The LDS majority has asked for details of the numberof personnel at each salary level in order to be better able to make counter proposals. The Department of Public Administration has been slow in providing the information.

When it comes to policy differences, Faure has shown he is not willing to work with the National Assembly. It’s more proof that we need a fresh presidential election.


The LDS Youth Association has elected a new Committee in a general meeting of members on Sunday March 3rd, 2019. 

The five office bearers are  : Chairperson: Kelly Samynadin; Vice-Chair: Cheryl Philoe; Secretary: Gretel Porice; Treasurer: Veronica Simeon; Public Relations Officer: Trevor Uzice

Five ordinary members complete the  Committee. They are: Terrence Marie, Trevor Nourrice, Sandra Victor, Travis Mussard, Jasmine Noel . 

In their meeting, members discussed how to raise the profile of the Association and increase membership. They have also discussed a plan of activities which they hope will make for a busy year for them. 

Members of LDS have expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the LYA and encouragement for the new committee. Party Leader Roger Mancienne has pledged the support of the Executive Council of LDS. 

Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) has reviewed with the gravest concern the report on the tragedy of the ‘Sea Horse’ cargo vessel at Coetivy Island in August last year. This report  by the Marine Accidents Investigation Board (MAIB) has been posted on the website of the Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA) but has not yet received publicity in the national media.
The findings of the investigative body reveal a shocking array of mistakes, disregard of regulations and bad practices on the part of the authorities involved, namely the Islands Development Company (IDC), Seypec and the Prison Authority.
The MAIB found serious fault with the handling and transport of the volatile fuel  cargo as well as with the response to the accident. The details of the report leave a lot for the authorities concerned to explain, but more importantly to take into consideration to review their procedures and safety measures in place, not only for an incident of the same sort but also in the wider operations of their enterprises.
The President of the Republic and the Ministries implicated must take full note of the report and act with all due haste to address the issues raised. All national institutions must give full attention to it as well. The Seychellois public needs to be reassured that the authorities concerned face the responsibility for the incident and the tragic consequences, and that at least the appropriate lessons are accepted and acted upon.
The report has served as a reminder of the heartbreaking loss of lives in the incident and the grief that is borne by the families, relatives and friends of the victims which we continue to share.

Seychelles has improved in the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018 published by Transparency International. LDS can claim credit for this improvement because functional institutions and Government oversight are key factors in limiting corruption.

Since 2016, Seychelles has improved its score by 11 points on the 100 point scale. It stands at 66 for 2018, coming from 55 in 2016 and 60 in 2017. The scale runs from 0 to 100 with 0 as the worst  and 100 as the best. 

With the score of 66, Seychelles is ranked 28th in the world but the highest in Sub-Saharan  Africa, where it is followed by Botswana with a score of 61 and Cape Verde with 57. .  

LDS has been rigorous and persistent in combating corruption, exposing several cases which have shocked the country. It is now recognised that there is now more awareness of corruption and of the need to eliminate it. 

Transparency International has noted the relative good standing of Seychelles compared to other African countries which are still hampered by weak or dysfunctional institutions.

Seychelles also now has an organisation dedicated to promoting transparency. This is Transarency Initiative Seychelles.

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