A l’occasion de congrès du Parti travailliste, Cader Hossenally a, au nom du PMSD, adressé une lettre au Premier ministre et leader du Ptr Navin Ramgoolam. Nous publions la lettre ci-dessous.
My Dear Navin,
Please accept my warmest greetings on the eve of the 71st Annual Labour Conference Party, and many congratulations on your 23rd year as leader of the Labour Party. You still possess the essence of youthfulness and I am sure the Labour party will have many more years to come under your leadership. However, when I look back to when you first arrived on the political arena in 1990, you walked into a national event where the country was victim of semi-dictatorial ideology with many ethnic communities victimized by the then Prime Minister. Indeed, my own party and my own beloved leader, the late Sir Gaetan Duval was victim of Jugnauth’s cupidity and subsequently thrown into prison ; a trade unionist known as “Algoo” handcuffed to a hospital bed for defending the work force of the nation and during the same reign, top newspaper editors were contemptuously treated as “Lichien lagalle”. Furthermore, I still remember prior to your arrival, in 1985, how the same Prime Minister that your party helped bring to power in 1983 branded your party as “Poubelle-de-l’histoire”. Then in 1987 your party supported the then Prime Minister for the sake of national unity.
When you left Prestigious Health Institution in London and returned back to your native Mauritius, you appeared as a savior to your nation. At that time, part of the press was a strong ally of the then government and portrayed you as a playboy doing nothing more than making a token gesture at politics. However, they neglected the fact that Ramgoolam blood runs through your veins.
Since your arrival in politics, you instilled courage in the youth to rise up and join the democratic process and close an era of dictatorial thought that had plagued Mauritius throughout the 80s and 90s. As soon as you became Prime Minister in December 1995, the Mauritian nation woke up and enjoyed one the best Christmas in living memory with a new political vision in place. During that time there was a New World Order out and the world was a changing place – the Non-Align movement was diminishing and the African Union was at its weakest point, it was a time to swim amongst sharks.
In 1997, you was let down by your then ally in government and you had to manage government affairs single handedly with the sudden departure of Bérenger.
The test of character happened with the By election of Flacq when Satish Faugoo was elected. This was the beginning of the partnership between Xavier Luc Duval and yourself. Then arrived the darkest hour of your career with the death of Kaya in 1999 and the subsequent aftermath. Joselyn Minerve resigned, fighting on the streets, nation frightened, communities divided, buildings burning and weddings and any public events all cancelled. The nation was frozen and had lost its free spirit and many politicians prayed for your subsequent downfall, however, Xavier Luc Duval came to your needs and stood shoulder to shoulder with you and faced the situation. We recovered and lead our nation into an era of growth and formed the historic equal opportunity bill together. Since then, we have served our duties to support you without any regrets and will continue to do so for the prosperity of our nation and its future generations.
Please accept the PMSD congratulations and regards for your leadership, and we wish you a very successful Labour party congress.
Cader Hossenally C.S.K