Global broadcast: Regis Francourt
27th March 2024
By Lewis BetsyIt was good to have a meeting of the TRNUC Victims’ Association broadcast globally online and hear what was said. Indeed, I hope President Ramkalawan took note.Association official... more...
Musical welcome: A Maore cultural group
25th March 2024
Former Seychelles tourism minister Alain St.Ange has been promoting the merits of the Vanilla Islands.Now an independent tourism consultant, he was speaking in Mayotte, which he visited during a lectu... more...
Much missed: Elvis Dias in younger days
14th March 2024
By Lewis BetsyThis is such a sad time as I have lost another dear friend, Elvis Dias.He died four days after his 66th birthday and with family and friends, I attended his funeral at Our Lady of the Vi... more...
By Lewis Betsy  The scandal of what is happening with the Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission is an outrageous insult to the people of Seychelles. In his State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Ramkalawan referred to the TRNUC, but he never offered anything serious or concrete concerning what would happen to the victims. I had previously warned that the Commission looked doomed to fail.  Yet it must not fail. The Government must not let the victims down. The truth is that the TRNUC has become a joke for the LDS Government. They are playing politics with it and applying a delaying tactics strategy with the victims.  The time has come to say enough is enough. My case number is No 2 and I am sure by now the Government must have had an idea where mine and all the many other cases were heading. It is not that difficult. We simply want justice and compensation for all the hurt we have suffered since 1977.  Naturally, we need answers to achieve closure.  In the meantime, we are forced to wait and trauma continues to impact families. Those that decided to stay in Seychelles have also suffered, but it was their choice not to bring their cases to the TRNUC.  It appears there is a blame culture going on: We are not children of Seychelles now because we brought our cases to the TRNUC. However, the suffering goes on for all.. For some victims it is too late. They have died with no answers forthcoming. So I ask: Where are the lists and names of the perpetrators? Why is the President keeping the lists from us? Is he protecting someone? Of the few perpetrators who came to the TRNUC, only five or six of them publicly said sorry for what they had done. And that was it. I note that many other known perpetrators are out and about in town, mixing freely with the public. It has become a sick joke and we, the victims, are suffering. The fact is I believe the TRNUC has become such a shambles that no one wants to deal with it. The LDS have the power they want and are cynically running the country without a care in the world. They have no sense of responsibility or duty. The LDS government is trying to wash its hands when it comes to paying the victims – though I see that they managed to find the money to pay all the Commissioners.  Yet who set up this scenario in the first place? It was Ramkalawan and former President Danny Faure. Timing is all, of course, and there are elections next year. We’ve got to watch it, or LDS might use the victims again to get another term in office. The more you think about the issue the more it makes you sick. How on Earth are we ever going to achieve unity in Seychelles when this situation persists?
11th March 2024
By Lewis BetsyThe scandal of what is happening with the Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission is an outrageous insult to the people of Seychelles.In his State of the Nation Address (SONA... more...
Hope: Lewis Betsy meets President Danny Faure at State House on 16th March 2017 to discuss unity.
11th March 2024
By Lewis BetsyI write this with a great sense of loss and despair. For decades now I have campaigned for my beloved Seychelles to achieve unity.It is now March 2024 and there is nothing like it in sig... more...
1st March 2024
By Lewis BetsyWe heard optimistic words about the future of Seychelles from President Wavel Ramkalawan in his State of the Nation Address for 2024, but will these hopes be fulfilled?He talked about th... more...
Expert: Alain St.Ange addresses the audience at the African-Asian Union ceremony
29th February 2024
Seychelles tourism expert Alain St.Ange was part of the awards panel that declared Sharm El-Sheikh the Tourism Capital City 2024.The former Tourism Minister for Seychelles who now heads his own touris... more...
Devoted mother: Helen Azolan
31st January 2024
By Lewis BetsyIt was with great sadness that my wife and I said a final farewell to our dear friend Helen Azolan.Helen, a much-loved mother of four, died aged 64, and Seychellois families and friends ... more...

Seychelles Life: an important announcement

22nd May 2024

By Lewis Betsy

Hello everyone, I would like to announce changes to my website, Seychelles Life, that will take effect from the end of June.

We are taking a sabbatical for a short period and after that date will not be publishing or updating our stories.

The reason is one of necessity: For some years now I have been wanting to complete work on a book about my life and the Seychelles. Due to the demands of the website and other commitments, this has not been possible and consequently the project has been on hold.

I think now is the correct time to amend that.

The book project is dear to my heart and will detail my experiences and events in Seychelles and the UK over my past 73 years as well as my hopes and aspirations for the future. I want it to be as accurate as possible – and that takes time.

Consequently, some of you may hear from me at some stage for requests and/or confirmation on certain facts and details.

Yet, please be reassured that Seychelles Life will return.

There is much happening in Seychelles and my mission to campaign for reconciliation and unity remains undimmed.

Seychelles Life was established to reflect our community throughout the islands in all its many forms.

We reported on politics, tourism, sport, business, but above all aimed to capture the vibrancy and positive nature of the Seychellois people at home and abroad.

I love my homeland. The website was for the people and, because of that, all about people.

With the elections coming up in 2025, and the many issues that defined, and indeed damned, past governments still in evidence today, there will be much to report.

The future of democracy and harmony in our islands is at stake. The Ramkalawan government has a mountain to climb in dealing with among other things justice for the victims of the 1977 coup. The Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission was set up to handle this key issue and the outcome as I write is far from clear.

There are other problems: the sheer hostility of our political life, the national drugs scandal, corruption, government inefficiency, our relationships with other nations, the incompetence of some administrative departments. Yes, the list can go on.
I gather the General Election will take place around November 2025 with President Ramkalawan taking his mandate to completion.

We have seen in the past elections that there have been lots of bargaining going on among the politicians with promises and all sorts of offers. This is taking place right now.

The talk of the town is also that the LDS government is losing popularity and, who knows, President Ramkalawan might call the election early.

We will see.

This time it is going to be a strong battle between the two giant political parties, LDS and US.

Already we have seen smaller political parties closed down and leaders changed and I am sure there will be a lot more of the same to come.

On Sunday 27th May, United Seychelles has organised a rally. It will be interesting to see the outcome.

Meanwhile, my mission in the coming years, as in the past, will be to continue to secure peace and fairness, democracy and respect in Seychelles. We have been through a lot together. We must now ensure the best possible future for our children and their children.

For now, Seychelles Life will observe and hold its tongue, but we will be back soon to comment on the key election issues of 2025.

The website will be geared, as before, to report on what is happening in our beloved islands. Remember, we will always be there for you.