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A LOTO out of touch with reality

The unwarrantable and enduring attacks on the government by United Seychelles continue to show their unwillingness to unify the nation, especially when the country’s economy has been left in tatters and everyone’s efforts are being called into solidarity to save it.

Instead, their energy is being used to purposefully confuse the nation with selective information. The plan to combat COVID-19 is often criticised by the opposition party. Recently Hon. Sebastien Pillay protested at the 2305 confirmed cases of COVID in Seychelles, but the Leader of the Opposition purposefully forgot to mention the 1775 cases that have recovered from the illness, focusing on the bigger numbers to create fear and panic.  In reality, there are only 520 active COVID cases being treated currently.


With lives at risks and 10 Seychellois tragically succumbing to the disease, the government continues to appeal to the entire nation to respect the restrictions and safety guidelines currently in place, if Seychelles is to win against the pandemic. The situation of COVID-19 in Seychelles today totally differs from 10 months ago, with community transmissions recently added to the mix; a volatile situation that could have been much worse if not for the dedications of the health professionals.


With any change in government, it is fine to have reforms that are in the best interest of the country; sadly Seychelles has never experienced such transformation having been ruled by the same government until October 2020.  Therefore, it is concerning when United Seychelles would scream victimisation at the government’s effort to fix the abuse on the Unemployment Relief Scheme (URS) and social welfare permitted to go unabated under their watch.


Contributing significantly in creating a society dependent on the State’s financial assistance to put food on the table, United Seychelles would rather leave these same unsustainable systems in place, simply because it was their controlling mechanism as they had the power to approve or disapprove any applications based on their agenda and not on merit.


The FA4JR list of companies and individuals financially assisted is yet another testimony of the extreme level of mismanagement of funds taking place under the eyes of United Seychelles.  Keeping the FA4JR going was not an option as SCR1.2 billion has already been paid out, such action would have indebted the country to the brink of collapse.


As history would dictate, Seychelles lost its freedom on the 5th of June 1977. The ensuing violence of torture, murder and victimisation that followed the coup d’état and imposed on those not supporting their regime would result in a large number of Seychellois getting displaced and forced to leave their country in terror to watch from afar. For their comments and contributions to be disregarded as insignificant is an insult to their struggle and shows a lack of respect and empathy, thus creating a barrier towards national reconciliation.


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