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THE ELECTORAL MANIFESTO OF THE LEPEP ALLIANCE – BETWEEN BLUFF AND REALITY

Reading through the Electoral Manifesto of our heterogeneous government, we no longer know whether to laugh or cry about it. Crazy and broken promises. And we are asked to be patient.
Let’s look at the facts:

1. Equal opportunities for employment
The Lepep Alliance had made appointments made under the old regime its hobby horse and had promised to call for applications for the positions to be filled, but it is clear that that is all quite the opposite is happening.
We invite you to see the facts for yourself:
a. Papa Badhain, father of the Minister of Good Governance – appointed Chairman of the DBM,
b. Kaushik Goburdhun – quickly appointed head of the ICAC, although according to the Leader of the Opposition, the choice had fallen on another candidate. Kaushik Goburdhun is a relative of the Minister of Good Governance.
vs. Dinesh Babajee, defeated MSM candidate – appointed Chairman of Employers Welfare Fund.
d. Raouf Gulbul, defeated MSM candidate – appointed Director of the Gambling Regulatory Authority.
e. Avinash Meetoo, son of an MSM mayor in charge of the Information And Communications Technologies Authority.
f. Pravin Jugroo, cousin of MSM Chief Whip Mahen Jugroo at the State Investment Trust
g. Maya Hanoomanjee, defeated MSM candidate for Speaker. A first in the annals.
h. Prakash Maunthrooah, Campaign Manager of the MSM and on whom allegations of fraud weigh – Advisor to the PMO and on the board of directors of Air Mauritius.
i. Vishal Mauracheea, MSM activist – at the National Institute for Cooperative Entrepreneurship Council.
j. Sherry Singh, from the P.Jugnauth clan at the head of Mauritius Telecom.
k. Surya Gayan, wife of Minister Gayan at MGI.
L. Vijaya Samputh, very close to Minister Gayan at the Cardiac Centre.
mr. Ramalingum Maistry, defeated PMSD candidate for the Mauritius Ports Authority
n. Robert Pallamy, PMSD member at Cargo Handling Corporation
o. Robin Appaya, Campaign Manager for Minister Soodhun at the Ministry of Lands and Housing
p. Richard Driver, PMSD member at the Ex-Servicemen Trust Fund.
q. Shamila Sonai Ori, MSM Advisor, Sister-in-law of P.Jugnauth at the Protection Of Borrowers.
r. Avineshwur Dayal, son of Raj Dayal at the Civil Service Conciliation Service.
s. Brenda Tanacody, MSM member at the Mauritius Examinations Syndicate.
t. Deshmukh Kowlessur, close to P.Jugnauth who operated Tropical Times, all the restaurants at the airport before Airway Coffee, at the Competition Commission.
u. Bhagmat Daumoo, agent of Minister Seeruthun at the Mauritius Meat Authority
c. Dr.R.Bheenick, defeated MSM candidate for State Trading Corporation
w. Raj Dhaliah, defeated MSM candidate at State Trading Corporation
x. Kee Cheong Lee Kwong Wing, former MMM deputy who secretly moved to the MSM, became the head of the SBM. The SBM constitution had to be amended to accommodate Lee Kwong Wing, who did not have the required experience.
y. N.Hanoomanjee, daughter of Maya Hanoomajee appointed to the leadership of the SPDC when she was not even in the country and, according to her, not even aware of the position she was going to occupy…
z. Y.Choomka, member of the MSM, Chairperson of IBA who self-recruits as Director of IBA

2. Democratization of the Economy.
Relaunch the Employees Real Estate Investment Trust to involve workers in real estate development.
Offer free shares of different companies in the cane industry to small planters and workers in this industry.
Opening up green energy production to cooperative societies.

Regarding real estate development, we will have seen that it is only big capital that has interests in smart cities. Large capital benefits from certain advantages on taxes, in particular the Land Conversion Tax and VAT. 
And here is the Prime Minister who comes to declare that land development is not the engine of economic development. This sends the wrong signal to promoters.
For the cane industry, the small planters are not Looking through the Electoral Manifesto of our heterogeneous government, we no longer know whether to laugh or cry about it. Crazy and broken promises. And we are asked to be patient.

2. Democratization of the economy.

Relaunch the Employees Real Estate Investment Trust to involve workers in real estate development.

Offer free shares of different companies in the sugar cane industry to small planters and workers in the sugar industry.

Opening up green energy production to cooperative societies.

Regarding real estate development, we will have seen that smart cities where it is only big capital that has interests. Large capital benefits from certain advantages on taxes, in particular the Land Conversion Tax and VAT. 

And here is the Prime Minister who comes to declare that land development is not the engine of economic development. This sends the wrong signal to promoters.

For the cane industry, the small planters received nothing, except their little friends. How can the Government offer free shares in companies in the cane industry, when they are private companies?

The production of green energy is on hold, the production of ethanol is compromised and there is no major CEB project for the production of green energy. 

On the contrary, the government is preparing to install two heavy oil engines for the CEB and make the village of Albion a petroleum hub.

3. Financial Services

Encourage more strongly international companies to establish their headquarters in Mauritius. She also wants to create an Africa Social Fund which would intervene in microfinance and social issues.

With the actions of the Minister of Good Governance, especially regarding the double taxation agreement with India, the sector finds itself in an impasse. The result of the government’s revanchist policy scared away investors and there was massive disinvestment in the financial sector.

4. Creation of 100,000 jobs in 5 years.

This promise appealed to voters in 2014, and the unemployed saw a glimmer of hope, but they quickly became disillusioned.

Instead of creating jobs, the government has done everything to increase the unemployment rate. With the dismantling of the BAI, this had an impact on the business climate and caused an economic slump.

5. Review the points license.

It is true that the points license had created unpopularity for the Ramgoolam government, but we were far from imagining the negligence of the drivers behind the wheel. The cameras only measured the speed at which our motorists were driving.

Insurers recognized that the number of accidents had fallen with the implementation of the points license. The system should be improved but not abolished.

Out of pure demagoguery, the Lepep Alliance had promised to review, but ended up abolishing the system before returning with a revised formula. But in the meantime, the effect of this decision was not long in being felt.

Since the start of 2016, there have been 50 deaths on our roads, and that’s not counting the many injured whose lives have been forever shattered.

A.J.

Announcement

Souvenir Advance Magazine 18 Sep 2017, launched by Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Leader of the Mauritius Labour Party.

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