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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION WELCOMES STATE OF NATION ADDRESS

The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Wavel Ramkalawan has welcomed President Danny Faure's State of the Nation Address.

 

He said that going forward; the words have to be translated into action.  Mr. Ramkalawan said that actions are needed in the combating corruption and in rectifying past injustices.

Mr. Ramkalawan also called for certain points announced in the address to be effected immediately. “I welcomed the decision to close the Marie-Louise prison but one of the things that I would be pushing for is that they close it immediately. Why should we wait for September for the prison to close?” 

Along the same line, Mr. Ramkalawan urged the government to immediately implement the decision of putting CSR tax by parastatals into a special fund for building houses. “We are at the beginning of 2017 so this should be done now so that we start building up the fund and come 2018 we will have quite a bit in the fund and the projects can just take off.” President Faure had announced that the measure would take effect in January 2018.

In his address, Mr. Ramkalawan also spoke about the individual responsibility of each citizen and more education with regards to the social assistance budget.

LEADER OF GOVERNMENT BUSINESS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY RESPONDS TO STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

The Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly said the ruling party, Parti Lepep has well received the various points raised by President Faure in his State of the Nation Address 

Honorable Charles Decommarmond praised the President’s frankness for admitting that there are several issues in the country requiring attention. He called on Seychellois at all levels to take responsibility to effect changes. “We cannot rely always on other people to come and do things for you” said Mr. Decommarmond.

He also stressed on the need for a change in mindset and for increased proactivity. “They must also do what the president says. President says something but the ministries don’t do it. Why? So I want people to understand that action should be taken where people do not deliver.”

Mr. Decommarmond also called on the Ministry of Finance to facilitate capital loan so that the Seychellois can go forward to invest in his country. In his address, Mr. Decommarmond also touched on topics such as morality, spirituality, drugs and alcohol. “As a people we have to think on these issues and come up with solutions and proposals so that we can then take action on what the president has put forward.”

TRIBUNAL OF INQUIRY IN KARUNAKARAN CASE MEETS FOR SECOND TIME

The Tribunal of Inquiry set up by the Constitutional Appointments Authority to investigate in Judge Karunakaran's professional conduct met for the second time on the 16th February.

The tribunal comprises of former Chief Justice Federick Egonda Ntende and Supreme Court Judges Samia Govinden and Burhan.

Judge Karunakaran is being defended by lawyer Philippe Boullé and lawyer Elvis Chetty is the counsel to the tribunal.

Mr. Boullé put forward three points for the tribunal to consider. He firstly referred to Article 134 of the constitution of Seychelles and asked for clarity on whether his  client’s suspension was due to misbehaviour or an inability to perform his duties. The tribunal gave no clarifications citing that they are still at the beginning of their investigation. Lawyer Chetty said sufficient evidence was provided to the tribunal to file a case.

Mr. Boullé also requested for a stay of proceedings on the basis of an ongoing case before the Court of Appeal regarding to the suspension of Judge Karunakaran. Lawyer Chetty said that it was premature at this stage to make this move. Request for the recusal of Judge Burhan from the Tribunal of Inquiry was also rejected as affidavit had not been presented.

The tribunal ordered Lawyer Chetty to file a list of witnesses together with a list of documents not later than 21st March 2017 and Justice Karunakaran to do the same not later than 30th April 2017.

The tribunal will commence hearing of evidence on the 27th May 2017.


 

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CBS ANNOUNCES DEMONETISATION OF HIGHER VALUE NOTES

The Central Bank of Seychelles has announced the demonetization of the previous series of Rs.100 and Rs. 500 notes.

Transactions using the 1998 to 2005 series of the two higher value denominations of Rupees banknotes will only be possible until June 29th 2017. After which, members of the public will have to exchange their banknotes at the Central Bank of Seychelles.

The Head of the Banking Services Division at the Central Bank of Seychelles, Mike Tirant gave details about the process which he said will be carried out in phases. ““We are going to do it only with the higher value denominations which we feel will add value to the public at large because now they can benefit more from the improved security features that have been put on the new family of bank notes.”

Noting that issues may be encountered during the exchange, the Central Bank is working alongside commercial banks and the Credit Union to allow members of the public to exchange the older notes for the new ones. For individuals who do not have a bank account, they may be able to exchange their notes at the Central Bank of Seychelles provided they present adequate identification.

The accepted forms of identification include national identity card, driving license or passport for Seychellois nationals and passport for non-Seychellois. There will also be a form to be completed with details about the source of the money.

Mr. Tirant added that Central Bank has to screen all transactions. “The central bank on its part because it has to abide by these regulations we have to screen all these transactions that have come in. If he suspects there has been any wrong doing then they may report them to the relevant authorities that deal with money laundering and counter terrorism financing.”

Since the launch of the 2016 series of Seychelles banknotes, in December 2016, 72 % of the previous 100 rupees series and 79 % of old 500 rupees have been removed from circulation.

PRESIDENT FAURE MET WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM UNESCO

President Danny Faure met with 2 senior officials from the International Bureau of Education of UNESCO in Seychelles to attend the Biennale conference on early childhood education.

Dr. Mmansetsa Marope was the first to meet with the Head of State. She congratulated President Faure on the fact that Seychelles has been chosen as an example of early childhood for other countries.

She said that since 2010, Mr. Faure has been pivotal on transforming early childhood development not only in Seychelles but worldwide that the representatives of 18 countries who are here to attend the conference are to learn from Seychelles.

“The enormity of the Seychelles is in this political leadership; its technical leadership. The world is here today precisely to look at the enablers that underpin the success of Seychelles, these are relevant to any country of any size and there are equally smaller countries than Seychelles that have not made the same progress as you. There are bigger countries that have not made the same progress as you,” said Dr. Marope.

The Chairman of the International Bureau of Education, Dr. Hamoud Al Hati later met with President Danny Faure.

YOUNG SEYCHELLOIS ON MISSIONARY WORK MEET WITH PRESIDENT FAURE

President Faure met with 2 young people doing missionary work in South Africa.

Anielle and Achille Confiance are waiting for the chance to one day form part of the Logos hope crew.

The 2 young people are who are members of the Pentecostal Assembly of Seychelles will be conducting a 2-year training course in South Africa for people who are to go on missionary work or on the Logos Hope itself.

5 Seychellois actually applied for placement on for the placement on Logos Hope but so far only 3 have managed to get a place on board.


 

 
 


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