Seychelles Freedom Party
Docklands, Room 16, Newport, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
Tel: (+248) 4 325312 Mobile (+248) 2 515174
November 11, 2011
Mo Ibrahim Foundation
3rd Floor North
35 Portman SQ.
ATTN: Mr. Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of Foundation
Dear Mr. Ibrahim:
I am writing to you as a leader of the most vocal opposition political voice in the Seychelles, The Seychelles Freedom Party (SFP), to register my deep growing concern of the rapidly degrading political landscape in the Seychelles, caused fundamentally by the lack of sincerity, and lack of genuine commitment to true Democracy, Good Governance by the ruling Communist party in the Seychelles for 34 years.
Briefly, the ruling party had closed the National Assembly early, to run speedy elections, before the mandate had run out.
Four (4) months prior to these elections, the ruling party President- Mr. James Michel announced in National Day festivities on June 18th, 2011, that he wanted a serious opposition in the National Assembly, inferring a cooperative opposition. Failing that, he said he we will replace the opposition with another party.
On the Eve of National Assembly elections, a Boycott was called by the Seychelles Freedom Party, and this was followed by the Seychelles National Party, the New Democratic Party calling for a Boycott of elections as well.
The fundamental rational behind the Boycott was that Seychelles had ushered in Democracy Eighteen (18) years ago, and throughout this time, democratic reforms were being buried by the ruling Communist party. We had the window dressing for Democracy, a highly paid opposition in Assembly, with 38% salary increases and even a pensioned for life opposition with 70% of salary being pensioned, but true democratic reform has been systematically ignored for years. The highest paid opposition was the Leader of the Opposition, paid and pensioned like a Minister. I believe that pension is now Sr. 32,000.00 per year.
Other issues that we grappled with are the lack of independence of the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), the use of a one party state Public Orders Act that prohibits Three (3) persons from meeting in Public.
Additionally, the Newspaper Act and the Seychelles Licensing Act is archaic one party state and serve only to control the populace in a submission mode.
In addition to this, human rights organizations were denied registration using the Land Registration Act in 2011.
Political parties have not been free to co exist in Seychelles without fear, intimidation, threat of violence. Last year, our offices were broken into. Computers and printers taken. Campaign materials stolen and files broken into and taken. The details of these items taken from our office, found there way arrogantly on the pages of the Communist party paper called “The People” . This included printer model numbers etc…
Two activists were threatened with murder last year. No investigation took place. Our Secretary General Mr. Jean Paul Isaac was detained by the Police in December 2010, and beaten while in their custody. The Human Rights Commissioner wrote to him and told him to file a case. Subsequently, she wrote to him and told him not to file a case to protect the culprits and the government of the day.
In May 2011, the Seychelles was sanctioned by the UN Committee of Human Rights in Genève, Switzerland for not filing any Country Human Rights Report for 18 years required under United Nations Conventions.
As we have had a loyal opposition held prisoner by high salaries and perks over the years, no pressure has been placed on the ruling communist party to file Country Human Rights Reports annually. The Government claims it lacks financial capacity to do this. But this false and human rights is an issue still being buried in the ground like many of its victims in the past.
Most recently, the sham National Assembly elections showed that the majority of Seychellois did not vote for a 100% Communist party ruling National Assembly. Yet, the Communist party retains all seats.
Today, no opposition sits in the National Assembly, in violation of the Constitution of Seychelles. Yet, the Commissioner of Elections Mr. Hendrick Gappy, validated the elections results, and allowed a bogus National Assembly to be sworn into office. He should have “Null and Void” the Elections and called for fresh elections that represent the true undisputed will of the People.
In line with this, we have cited over 40 provisions of the Constitution of Seychelles that have been abrogated over the past 18 years to defeat the true intention of the Founding Fathers. Even the Founded Fathers, have been denied recognition on the official Protocol Listing, a gross offense in any democracy, and a poor example of proper Governance in any country. However, this is an excellent display of political arrogance.
In the face of this growing quagmire of political failure, I respectfully alert the Mo Ibrahim Foundation of the these developments in Seychelles and will be happy to provide you with more details if you should so need them, to help Seychelles get back on the right track.
Seychelles Freedom Party