Seychelles: An island nation in disbelief

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The Hon.Danny Faure, President of the Republic of the Seychelles, regrets to announce the passing of founding President Sir James Richard Mancham, who passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence in Glacis this morning.

President Sir James Mancham, the founding President of the Republic of Seychelles, was a true patriot, a veteran politician, and a committed advocate of national reconciliation. He was a defender of liberty and champion of human rights. “The world has lost a global apostle of peace, understanding, and unity. Seychelles has lost a true patriot,” said President Faure. “His dreams for a more united, peaceful Seychelles where there is true reconciliation, needs to be fulfilled by all of us here today.”



As a sign of respect to the former Head of State, the national flag will fly at half-mast until President Mancham’s funeral. On behalf of the government, the people of Seychelles, and his family, President Faure extends his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sir James Mancham.

Alain St. Ange, former minister of tourism and candidate for the UNWTO Secretary General position was amongst the first Sunday morning to issue this letter addressed to Lady Kate Mancham:

Dear Lady Mancham.

I heard with sadness the passing this morning of Sir James Mancham, and I write to express my sincere sympathy to you, to Alexander, to Richard and to Caroline and their families.

Sir James was not only our Nation’s first President but he was our island’s roving Ambassador who helped keep our flag flying high.

He said how he felt and we all know that he always had Seychelles at heart.

He will be missed as he was a mentor to many of us. He knew and appreciated the need to keep Seychelles visible and he never missed an opportunity to do so.

Please accept my sincere sympathy, and from far I pray you have the needed strength and courage to cope with this great loss.

Sincere regards.
Alain St.Ange

Maxim Behar, Honorary Consul General of Seychelles in Bulgaria writes:
The world will never be the same as of today, January 8, 2017

All we lost a great statesman and peacemaker, I personally lost my closest friend and teacher. Sir James Mancham the Founding President of the Seychelles passed away this night. Cannot believe and will never believe>
Sir James was like my father, just a week ago we had a dinner in his house with Solomon Passy and Gergana Passy and last Sunday we spent all day with him at an amazing unforgettable event at Beau Vallon.
The whole world lost a great statesman, wise politician and person to follow every single step he made, every single breath he too.

Deep condolences to his loverly wife Kate Mancham, to his son and colleague Alexander Mancham, to the whole his family and Seychelles peopkle all over the world.
Rest in Peace my dear friend, teacher and mentor!

The small island Republic is in a state of disbelieve, this Sunday.



Juergen T Steinmetz, publisher of eTN wrote:

All of us here at eTurboNews are absolutely shocked and saddened to have learned on the passing of Sir James Mancham.

Not only was Sir Mancham a great statesman with a vision and a commitment to the good and peace, he was a friend of eTN, and an inspiration to me.
I never forget the home-cooked dinner at his loverly home.

Please relate my personal and the condolences and prayers of our entire team to his family.

So sorry,
An Aloha from island to island
Juergen T Steinmetz & the entire team of eTurboNews