Blog: A Taste of Things to come
Whenever there is a police investigation involving a person close to the MMM or the MSM or relative of the Jugnauth clan the immediate reaction of Paul Berenger and the Jugnauths is that this amounts to a political vendetta.
When Ms. Maya Hanoomanjee was arrested the MSM members of government resigned as an alleged sign of solidarity with her but we must see in that, with hindsight, a protest. When Pravin Jugnauth was arrested the then President of the Republic who is clamouring everywhere “pays pé couler” without saying how, stated unashamedly that “ICAC pé faner”. That past president and now a runner for the office of the prime minister must be livid with rage that Moody’s has upgraded Mauritius from Baa2 to Baa1 in view of the measures taken to make our economy more resilient in spite of the Euro zone turmoil and the prevailing financial climate.
Now that Prakash Maunthoorah has been arrested along with Siddick Chady and others in the wake of the Boskalis affair, Paul Berenger and Pravin Jugnauth are saying that this a political vendetta. When Siddick Chady was being investigated by ICAC, Paul Berenger was saying that Navin Ramgoolam wanted a cover up of the case. Now that the police are investigating the case with added elements of criminal offences that do not fall within the purview of ICAC, Paul Berenger has come out with two gems: the case has been reopened because Siddick Chady has distanced himself from the Labour Party and ICAC has been incompetent. One would never know where these Berenger gems come from.
One of the most famous or infamous cover ups of Mauritius has known is no doubt the brutal stoppage of an investigation by the former ECO into allegations of corruption against a former MMM Minister. ECO was dismantled and its Director sacked within hours. And the other day under the cover of parliamentary immunity Paul Berenger attacked ICAC – we should immediately recognize in this move who in particular he had in mind – and showed once again his utter contempt for institutions. One of the most infamous political vendettas that this country has known was the totally unjustified arrest of Sir Gaetan Duval on an allegation of murder on the mere word of a habitual criminal given at the private residence of Sir Anerood Jugnauth at La Caverne. How did this individual find his way there is a mystery. La Caverne is neither Ali Baba’s cavern nor the police station for that matter. Who prompted that individual to repair to La Caverne is also still a mystery. When we add to this case all the politically motivated sackings of permanent secretaries, the Director General of the MBC, the late Jean Delaitre, staff of the MBC, the use of the colourable device to deprive Navin Ramgoolam of his parliamentary seat, we simply shudder of the taste of things to come if Mauritius is cursed in having the MSM in power again.
There is no doubt NOW that if the MSM is back in power over the shoulders of the MMM there will be total immunity for the kith and kin of the Jugnauth clan and the MMM supporters and institutions will be thrown to the dogs. Should we beware?
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