Blog: The Putrefaction of the Opposition
Sir Anerood Jugnauth left the office of president to "save" the country. The question that comes to mind is whether he wants to save the country or his son and his empire. What if he passes away tomorrow as we would all, will Mauritius be rudderless? Is Mauritius the property of the Jugnauth clan?
Cehl Meeah a former suspect in the gruesome murder at Gora Issac Street in 1995 makes a serious allegation against a minister alleging that he has transferred an amount of Rs25 million abroad. Paul Berenger who as deputy prime minister was the first one to welcome Cehl Meeah to his office and cuddle him after the murder charges were dropped against him immediately adds that there is huge cover up in the Gros Derek investigation. But Cehl Meeah who was allegedly involved in the abduction of a minor girl is too much of a coward to file a written complaint with the police because if his complaint is false he may be prosecuted for false and malicious denunciation in writing.
When Cehl Meeah was summoned by ICAC to give particulars of his allegation he had no documentary evidence of any transfer of money. When pressed for details his attitude was one pregnant with sheer cowardice and sordidness, a feature well known to the members of the present opposition who are acting as despots and desperadoes in their unquenchable thirst to grab political power immediately. He stupidly stated that he would make statements under the cover of parliamentary immunity.
That reminds us of the serious allegation of murder made by Paul Berenger against Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam under parliamentary immunity in what is now known as the Sheikh Hossen affair. Now Cehl Meeah and Paul Berenger are bosom brothers and can well eat from the same dish of ignominy.
When ICAC issued the communiqué that Cehl Meeah had presented no evidence of the alleged transfer of money the wrath of Paul Berenger reached a peak that betrayed his despair that no evidence was forthcoming. As both he and Cehl Meeah had been hoisted by their own petard Paul Berenger had to find a scapegoat and that was ICAC. Paul Berenger has always indulged in cheap demagoguery, baseless attacks, and utter contempt for his opponents because he has never been able to campaign on a clean platform of ideas and policies. It was an armada of lies that he, Sir Anerood Jugnauth and Harish Bhoodoo heaped on Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam that led to the 1982 victory of the MMM. That victory was shortlived and Sir Anerood Jugnauth was saved by that very Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam that he had so mercilessly demeaned during the 1982 campaign.
The ignorance of the law that Paul Berenger displays is simply commensurate with total inability to understand simple logic. He expressed surprise that Cehl Meeah had been summoned by ICAC while a police investigation is going on. Either out of sheer ignorance or out of deliberate design or in a fit of irrationality he totally overlooked the fact that an allegation of transfer of huge sums of money is capable of amounting to money laundering and ICAC is mandated to investigate that. Under section 50 of the Prevention of Corruption Act the Director General of ICAC has the power to summon a person for the purposes of examination or to produce books, documents or records. Cehl Meeah lamentably failed to produce anything much to the chagrin of Paul Berenger.
Paul Berenger also expressed the view that the ICAC communiqué was politically motivated. Here too the ignorance of Paul Berenger on how ICAC operates is staggering. Under section 81 of the Prevention of Corruption Act the Director-General has the power to disclose, for the purposes of publication in the press, such information as he considers necessary in the public interest.
A huge saga has been staged around that empty bomb shell of the alleged transfer that came from the figment of some fetid imagination. A minister of the government was targeted in the context of an electoral campaign at the Local Government level. Most of the media, as is often the case, gulped down the story as well as those bloggers who shield cowardly behind anonymity, even if they risk a poisonous indigestion. Was it not in the public interest to inform the public of what is going on? At least this is a far cry of the attempted cover up of the Mauritius Commercial Bank scandal when Paul Berenger as Minister of Finance allowed a long delay to elapse before calling in the police.
Instead of coming up with policies that would differentiate them from the Labour group in the Local Government contest the MMM leader and his bosom brother Cehl Meeah are campaigning on a platform of lies, baseless accusations, venom, that clearly indicates the degree of putrefaction the opposition has reached.
Let that episode of false accusations in a series of many others be an eye-opener to the public. No one will be safe under a regime of Paul Berenger and Sir Anerood Jugnauth that would be marked by brutality, vendetta, lies, false accusations and the ostracizing of large chunks of the population with the exception of the stooges of Sir Anerood Jugnauth and his family as well as the blind followers of Paul Berenger.