mempep wrote:" I am not scared, not angry, neither upset nor frustrated, but I feel a sense of great sadness for the country. The image of Mauritius in the eyes of respected international organisations. I am strong in my mind because I know I have done nothing wrong here. But it is a disgrace to see all the forces I have been talking to you about, using instrument of State to attack me. This is just a continuation of the smear and intimidation campaign waged against me now for months. People here must ask themselves why is it so ? But, we all know that truth always triumph, sometimes earlier, sometimes later, but one day or the other truth comes out .I'm lucky enough because I can go back home to my life in a free country, but I feel very sorry for those I'm leaving behind."
The above is a quote attributed to Cunningham in Le Mauricien (21/08/2008).
Mr Cuningham is a bitter man who feels that he has been wronged and he is on a lonely crusade to prove his point. It is very true that in all societies and in all countries, there have been well documented cases of corruption. It is inherent in the nature of some unscrupulous individuals to achieve profit and gain at the expense of fellow countrymen or the state. It is however not right to taint a whole nation and picture the country as being corrupt because of some isolated cases. It there is any unlawful activies on the part of some people, I am sure our prime minister would take appropriate action so that the our beloved island is not shunned by potential investors. I do sincerely hope that Mr Cunningham does not continue to make these allegations as it is not fair to us Mauritians in general who I am sure have been made him very welcome over the years he has lived on the island.
mempep wrote:I don't think it's bitterness as much as dismay and disappointment. Cunningham has not tainted the whole nation, simply made his view known. The treatment the issue of corruption and how it's dealt with is what taints the nation if that's what you think. The Governments lack of will to tackle corruption at it's highest level has to be concern for everyone.
Cunningham was brought in to help clean up a problem - so there is recognition of a problem. You will not have sufficient evidence on a matter if you do not look for any evidence - the UK official that confirms he had written letters over a few years to be ignored regarding the whisky allegations certainly makes one wonder.
Isn't it called plausible denial or something like that ?
Cunningham had nothing to loose. His tenure was due to expire in a matter of months anyway so to say he's bitter is most unlikely. So why would he have raised these issues unless there was some basis to his beliefs ? Besides his "dismissal" or "negotiated resignation" was a result of his pushing the issues, not the other way round.
Seems to me that there is a mauritian attitude or culture that what people think is more important than sorting out the problems. Most reasonable people I would have thought would respect someone more for dealing with their problems than pretending they don't exist.
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