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Land, Citizenship, Abuse of power

The story of Lara Prokopyeva has all the issues of controversy that are at the centre of political debate right now. It reads like an example of the questionable decisions and actions taken by both of our latest prsidents. The National Assembly brought the story into public knowledge through a question brought by Leader of the Opposition, Wavel Ramkalawan.

President James Michel granted Seychellois citizenship to Lara Prokopyeva and her husband, Sergei, a day before he left the office of the President, using the power which allows him to do this in cases where the person has rendered meritorious service to Seychelles. After the cases last week, where President Faure has been shown to have abused this privilege, it was James Michel being shown up for it. In all of these cases, there is not the least sign of any meritorious service. This abuse is apparently  standard behaviour for Parti Lepep Presidents. If there is one thing they have leanred it is how to abuse the Constitution.

Sergei and Lara were able to get citizenship even if there had been adverse comments about them in the files of other government entities. They have also been able to purchase land  which had initially been part of the land bank. At the time of controversy erupting, they were also in the process of seeking a diversion of the public road, at great expense to the state, so that they could maximise the use of the land for business purposes. They obviously thought they could get away with, seeing the effort they have put into it already. Seychellois will breathe a sign of relief that this will not now happen, but will also lament the abuses that have taken place behind their backs.

The National Assembly will now examine the list of 59 cases in which Seychellois citizenship has been given over the last two years, We can expect that some of them will demonstrate again the abuse of Presidential privilege.





1. Hon Egbert Aglae – Member for Port Glaud 

Eski Minis i kapab dir ek sa Lasanble ki leta proze reabilitasyon Cap Ternay?

a. Ki bann konponan kle sa proze?

b. Eski plan final in fini aprouve?


2. Hon Regina Esparon – Member for Glacis 

Eski Minis I kapab eksplik sa Lasanble ki fason peyman pou bann carer ki pa pran konze ou son ranplasan i ganny kalkile?


3. Hon Regina Esparon – Member for Glacis 

Eski Minis pour Lafanmir ek Zafer Sosyal i kapab donn detay sa Lasanble dan ki fason ki sa Donasyon R300 mil rupi sorti kot UNESCO ki ti ganny donnen pou bann Disabled ti ganny depanse.


4. Hon Regina Esparon – Member for Glacis 

Eski Minis pou Lafanmir ek Zafer Sosyal i kapab donn detay sa lasanble dan ki fason ki sa donasyon R90mil Donasyon sorti kot labank Barclays ki ti ganny donnen pou bann Disabled ti ganny depanse.



1. Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan  –  Leader of the Opposition

Lasanble Nasyonal i eksprim:

a. son gran dezapwentman dan lafason ki Lekzekitiv pe diriz pei; 

b. son konsern profon ki napa aksyon efektiv dan ladministrasyon pei; 

c. son lenkyetid ki striktir leta Sesel pe deteryore; 

e alor i demande ki Msye Danny Faure i pran en aksyon onorab e demisyonnen imedyatman koman Prezidan dan lentere nasyonal, pou permet lepep Seselwa swazir son prosen gouvernman.


2. Hon. Waven William  –  Member for Grand Anse Mahe

Prenan kont kou lavi ki pe ogmante, e sa nesesite pou revwar kad saler, e gratite parmi lezot mezir ankor, sa Lasanble I demann Governman dan sa revisyon ki pe fer pou:-

I. Koriz bann lenzistis e inegatlite a tou nivo kot I posib, tenir kont kalite travay, eleman risk, tann servis, leksperyans e konesans.

II. Met lanfaz dan kondisyon lanplwa ki ogmantasyon I baze lo bon performans, prodiktivite baze lo bann target.

III. Ki bann dokiman lagreman travay e kondisyon kler I ganny etabli pou sak pozisyon dan tou sekter.

IV. Travay ek Sekter Prive me pa enpoz lo zot pou swivre dan moman apropriye.

V. Met ouswa ranforsi regilasyon pou ankouraz Sekter Prive pou ede Kontrol kout lavi kot I posib.

El-Materi - case in point

The granting of Seychellois citizenship to foreigners at the prerogative of the President has opened a new battleground between Danny Faure and Parti Lepep on one side against LDS and its majority in the National Assembly on the other. 

The rift has opened with the revelation that President Faure has granted 59 persons citizenship over the past two years. This is a shocking number and the whole country is outraged. In its objection, LDS reflects the concern of a large majority of Seychellois. 

Some of the recipients of citizenship, such as the Tunisian businessman Sakher el-Materi and two young persons recruited to the national swimming team, have been revealed. These demonstrate how the constitutional principle on citizenship has been abused. But most other cases have yet to be known by the public. 

President Faure has shown a gross abuse of his presidential privilege in granting these citizenship under the principle of meritorious service to Seychelles. As the National Assembly made clear in debating the issue on the two swimmers, no meritorious service has been rendered yet to permit the President to use this justification. 

El-Materi is the case which has aroused controversy also over who supported or ‘sponsored’ the application. He is a fugitive from justice in his native Tunisia and there is the suspiciaon that a lot of money has changed hands in his bid to secure a safe haven in Seychelles. Accusations have been made and the National Assembly has declared that it is keen to investigate the case further to settle the questions.

LDS has reaffirmed its policy that Seychellois citizenship should not be sold or granted and only the most exceptional cicumstances can justify any other consideration. 

In order to deal with the critical issue of spouses of Seychellois who need to work to maintain their families, LDS is in favour of granting residency with work permit, but not citizenship.

Danny Faure and his predecessor James Michel have abused the presidential privilege which they should have held in absolute trust. 

The National Assembly has pledged to look further into the abuses and to call for action to correct the past abuses and prevent further cases.


LDS launched the call for new presidential election in a major rally on Sunday at Pointe Larue.  Supporters turned out in large numbers, braving the blustery weather and drizzle. Party leaders took turns speaking on the theme, and touchingon other current issues.
The occasion was also the second anniversary of the LDS majority in the National Assembly, from the 15-10 election victory in the parliamentary elections of September 2016.
Regional representtives were among the speakers, led by Rosie Bistoquet from Pointe Larue itself. Cascade Representative George Madeline and Anse Aux Pins MNA Clifford Andre folowed in the line-up. Apart from national issues, they were also able to elaborate on concerns for their district. MNA Andre addressed the security failures at Montagne Posee prison, which is in his district and which has been in the limelight for many months.
Several other MNAs addressed the rally on topics of national concern such as cost of living, poverty,  poor delivery of services, and corruption. These included Mont Fleuri MNA Jean-Francois Ferrari, Anse Etoile MNA Ahmed Afif while St. Louis MNA Sandy Arissol was in his usual role of orshestrating the program.
Roy Fonseka and Philippe Boulle addressed opportunity for Seychellois and obstacles for small buisness. LDS party leader Roger Mancienne called for Seychellois to continue the drive for change and Opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan expresed the party’s determination to call the current President to account for failures and lack of decision, and pledged that action would continue to put pressure for new preidential election.
The call for presidential election will be supported by a motion brought before the Assembly this week by the Opposition Leader.

The Sittings of the National Assembly will be on Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th September 2018.

The Bills Committee chaired by Hon. Bernard Georges will present its annual Report for September 2017 to September 2018 to the House followed by the Designated Minister, Mrs. Macsuzy Mondon who will respond to Questions for Oral Answer from several Members, namely; Hon. Egbert Aglae, Hon. Wilbert Herminie, Hon. Wavel Woodcock and Hon. John Hoareau. The Questions from the Members will address certain maintenance issues regarding several Sporting facilities in different districts, as well as the multi-purpose courts that are not in good condition. 

After Question Time, the Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, Mr. Charles Bastienne will be making a Statement on the Comprehensive Plan for Agriculture.

The National Assembly will be taking the Second Reading of the Immigration Bill, 2018 to be presented by the Minister for Employment, Immigration and Civil Status, Ms. Myriam Thelemaque and the Constitutional Posts (Special Pension) (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which is a Private Member’s Bill to be presented by Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan, the Leader of the Opposition. 

In addition, there will be two Motions presented:

Hon. Waven William – Member for Grande Anse Mahe is calling for the Government to review the criteria that planning are utilizing, that is delaying the development of the districts whilst taking into accounts the local and cultural context.

Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan – Leader of the Opposition is calling for the National Assembly to express:

a. The disappointment in the way the Executive is leading the country

b. The profound concern that there is no effective action being taken within the administration of the country

c. The worry that the state of the country is deteriorating 

And therefore is calling for Mr Danny Faure to resign immediately as the President in the interest of the Nation and to permit the people of Seychelles to choose their Government. 

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