Wednesday, October 5, 2016


(Section 2 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2016) defines corrupt as follow:

"Corrupt" means the acts of soliciting, accepting, obtaining, giving, promising or offering of a gratification by way of a bribe or inducement, or the misuse or abuse of a public office for advantage or benefit for oneself or for another person, and "corruption" shall be construed accordingly;”

Party Lepep has created an “Anti-Corruption Commission,” to be chaired by none other than Duncan Gaswaga a former Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Seychelles. This raises several questions, the first of which is, why a Ugandan Mr. Danny Faure?

Bearing in mind the above definition of “corrupt” I ask the following questions:

If Mr. Gaswaga has acquired Seychellois nationality we need to be informed of that fact, and we also need to know whether it was under section 5 (2) of the Citizenship Act 1994 which gives the President total discretion to grant citizenship to a person who, in his opinion, special circumstances exist even if they are not otherwise entitled or eligible to Seychellois citizenship?

Or, was he granted Seychellois citizenship under section 5 (3) of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2013 which curtails the President’s discretion to grant citizenship by the imposition of a “Citizenship Eligibility Committee” to which all applications have to be submitted and which will have to be satisfied that all the criteria set out under the new section 5 (3) are met, especially when bearing in mind that a member of the Citizenship Eligibility Committee is Basil Hoareau who is a partner in the Chetty & Hoareau Chambers, and a member of the Commission emanates from there.

The credibility of the Commission depends on the personal integrity and honesty of its members. It is therefore of paramount importance that the above questions in regards to the Mr. Gaswaga are answered honestly. Secondly, if The Ruling Party is serious about fighting corruption, one of the first pieces of legislation to be brought before the sixth National Assembly is a “Freedom of Information Act”. Article 28 (4) “the State recognises the right of access by the public to information held by a public authority performing a governmental function subject to limitations contained in clause (2) and any law necessary in a democratic society”. And a Whistle Blowers Protection Act. Without these two pieces of legislation there can be no credible war against corruption.

Parti Lepep has given us other “commissions” before, such as the Human Rights Commission which has not been seen or heard of, since its creation. It did not even utter a squeak when Robert Banane was shot and killed in prison. We also have an office of “The Ombudsman” which, to all intents and purposes shut down after Judge Gustave Dodin left the office to become judge, not forgetting the notoriously embattled  Electoral Commission chaired by Mr. Gappy, which is not only  being fought  in court, but also on the Streets of Victoria.

Alexia G. Amesbury