The ‘Peuple Admirable’ is becoming increasingly cynical about politicians and their political actions. There is a general perception being sensed that politicians are of the same breed of people with same feathers, who cannot be believed, who cannot hold their promises and above all, who cannot be trusted upon. It is becoming rare to find such political breed of people who really think above their individual interests and comfort and to think about the common good.
The ‘Peuple Admirable’ is becoming increasingly cynical about politicians and their political actions. There is a general perception being sensed that politicians are of the same breed of people with same feathers, who cannot be believed, who cannot hold their promises and above all, who cannot be trusted upon. It is becoming rare to find such political breed of people who really think above their individual interests and comfort and to think about the common good. The pervasive use of politics to promote self interests is giving rise to a growing democratic malaise as evidenced by the decreasing level of political trust, increasing cynicism towards politicians, growing disengagement of the people especially the young from politics and the widespread dissatisfaction on the political institutions to deal with the real issues affecting the life of the common people.
The political scenery has been lately dominated by the endless Power game going on between the leader of the opposition and the Prime Minister in their bid to form an alliance between their two parties which they reckon to be the largest parties of the country. For nearly about two months, both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the opposition colluded to suspend the sessions of the National Assembly for an indefinite period, during which the “koz koze” for the Alliance between them were plotted. For nearly two months of ON/OFF negotiations between them, the problems of the people and the issues of the country were relegated to some other level . For nearly two months after having each sent off their respective partners, they failed in agreeing on the conditions for the alliance as well as on the criteria of power sharing between on one hand the prerogative powers of the Prime minister and, on the other, the executive powers of the eventual President in the context of the constitutional reforms for a second Republic. The switch for the Alliance between MMM and labour party is “OFF” again . For how long, time only will tell and this time, nobody has dared to bet his life that it is “OFF” forever.
The game for the Alliance is over, but the Power game is not over. The contenders on the political chess Board are changing sides again with the opposition forces in the National Assembly being strengthened at the expense of the Government whose majority lead is only one. The Government has suddenly become a vulnerable prey to the opposition where its leader has suddenly discovered his vocation and vigour to denounce the pending problems and scandals being encountered. It is clear that the leader of the Opposition is trying to recover from the significant deficit in credibility which he went through during his “Aller…. Vini…. Koz,Koze…. ON/OFF ….”. His attempt to “Koz …. Koze” with the other opposition forces did not turn out as he expected, due exactly to these significant credibility gaps. He would have been isolated in his endeavours, having no support from the other opposition parties, to stage a street demonstration in front of the National assembly to protest against the prolonged closure of the Assembly.
Fortunately enough, he was saved by the Prime minister’s statement made earlier to convene the National Assembly beginning of July to debate the Provisional electoral bills. The leader of the Opposition has shown his intentions to come up at opportune timing with motion of disallowance to embarrass and challenge the weak government majority to force anticipated elections.
People are getting enough of these political distractions which consist of criticising by all means the political friends of yesterday, to courtship the potential ally of tomorrow without any sound rationale and ideological basis. Politics needs to involve serious and harder thoughts about ( 1) consolidate the democratic structures for the modernisation of the economy for more unity, more equity and social justice, (2) consolidate the democratic morality by the elimination once and for all of those corruptive abuses which are corroding our society, ( 3) consolidate the democratic responsibility for promoting meritocracy and transparency in whatever we do , with expedient actions to sanction irresponsibility and incompetences wherever found (4) consolidate the democratic solidarity for better economic equality, upgraded quality education and health services and elimination of extreme poverty. Hence the political class can no more be working in the dark without any sense of the expectations they should fulfill and be responsible of their actions.
It is the legitimate hope of each and every Mauritian citizen to see the emergence of a modern and vibrant republic model which will reject communal racism and religious categorization in whatever form it may be, in favour of the promotion of Mauritian citizenship in all its dimensions , a dynamic republic model which will remove all inefficiencies and inequalities for a fairer and equitable system which would see more women and youth empowerment and last but not least a forward-looking republic model which will continuously reinvent itself for a full social integration and participation of the whole nation in the socio-economic development of the country. It is thus in that spirit , that the provisional electoral bill for the restoration of the fundamental right of a Mauritian citizen to stand as candidate for the next elections and the total removal of the compulsory requirements for the classification and categorization of people in terms of races, religion and way of life in the proposed electoral reform should be regarded, as a stepping stone to put the Republic on the right trajectory for modernity under a new set of defined articulated values and beliefs to reinforce unity and the Mauritian citizenship.
It is thus in that very purpose that the political leaders need to take a fresher look into finding the right policy actions which will charter the country towards a modern, equitable and environmentally sustainable society .We need as well to reinvent the way we do politics with a view to attracting more and more citizens imbued with the right quality criteria into the political circle. People will become more involved if they see more responsive, accountable and effective political institutions.