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What the Privy Council is looking into in the Betamax affair

[L'Express] This week saw hearings for Betamax's appeal against the Supreme Court decision to set aside its arbitration decision at the SIAC. So how did a budding politically-connected monopoly to transport petroleum to Mauritius end up being derailed and what is it that is being decided at the Privy Council? (AllAfrica)

Mauritius Kick Started Covid-19 Vaccination Training for Health Workers

[WHO] Mauritius, despite being COVID-safe, kick started its COVID-19 vaccination training for health workers as part of its national COVID-19 response. A five half-day training programme was launched by the Dr Hon Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal, Minister of Health and Wellness on 11 January 2021 at the Ministry's Health Club room, Port Louis, in the presence of high level officials of the Ministry, including Health Directors, Regional Public Health Superintendents and Dr Laurent Musango, WHO Representative in Maur (AllAfrica)

Electoral spending - Why the ball won't be in the electoral commissioner's court

[L'Express] Rezistans ek Alternativ has asked the electoral commissioner to investigate the treasure trove of information regarding spending by the government side in constituency N°8 during the 2019 election campaign. The odds however, are stacked against them. Here's why what the ReA is asking the electoral commissioner to do will prove to be far more difficult and complicated than it seems. (AllAfrica)

Electric Buses - The Challenge for Bus Companies and Metro

[L'Express] An initiative in the offing is to operate Electric Buses (EBs) for the feeder services of the Metro. The intent is to finance partly the investment of 30 EBs which would be shared between Bus Operators NTC, UBS and RHT. The EBs would moreover be energised by Solar Power. (AllAfrica)

Team Nigeria to Participate in African Weightlifting Championships in Mauritius

[Leadership] Team Nigeria will participate in the African Weightlifting Championships slated for April 1 to 8, 2021 at Vacoas in Mauritius. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria to Participate in African Weightlifting Championships in Mauritius

[Premium Times] The country's weightlifters have been preparing for the competition since last year in order to put up a good performance at the championships, an official said (AllAfrica)

Electoral petition - The enigma of Anil Bachoo

[L'Express] Last week the former Labour MP and minister suddenly announced the withdrawal of his electoral petition, which demanded a recount of the 2019 election result in his old bastion of No.9 Flacq-Bon Accueil. (AllAfrica)

Antoine Domingue - "It's obvious that killers, or even serial killers, are on the rampage"

[L'Express] For the first interview of this year, we talk to Antoine Domingue, SC, a lawyer known for his straight talk. He talks about the legal and political issues the country is dealing with and sheds light on the police force, the 'Kistnen Papers' and the possible implications of these on the country. (AllAfrica)

Mauritanian Ambassador Bids Farewell to Gambia

[Foroyaa] Dr. El Hassan Ould Awan, Ambassador of Mauritania to The Gambia, has on Thursday bade farewell to the Mauritanian community and the Government of The Gambia after completing his mission in the country. (AllAfrica)

China-Mauritius relations - After false starts, how the Free Trade Agreement CAN deepen economic ties

[L'Express] 1 - The agreement (AllAfrica)

Fading Image of Clean Governance Hurts Investment Prospects

[ISS] The island nation must pay better attention to the warning signs to avoid the slippery slope of corruption. (AllAfrica)

Jean Claude de l'Estrac - "In the Wakashio affair, more than in any other scandal we have seen, it is the prime minister's personal responsibility that is engaged."

[L'Express] Kitchen Politics is a new feature we will be offering in Weekly every month. The interview is conducted in the host's kitchen while s/he is presenting a recipe of his/her choice. The aim is to have a good interview and a good recipe, which we relay in Weekly the same week. For the Youtube version, please visit the following sites: and (AllAfrica)

Oil Spill Threatens Mauritian Blue Economy, Will Take Decades to Recover

[SANF] An oil spill off the coast of Mauritius in July is threating the island nation's efforts to attain a blue economy. (AllAfrica)

Mauritians March in Second Post-Oil Spill Protest to Demand System Overhaul

[RFI] Mauritians have taken to the streets for a second rally after the Wakashio oil spill, calling for a "new Mauritius". Thousands travelled to the remote south eastern coastal village of Mahebourg on Saturday, in a day of activism, music, food and art. (AllAfrica)

Professor Narsinghen sees Mauritius less democratic than Zimbabwe in certain areas

[L'Express] Professor Rajen Narsinghen shares his views on our democratic system, as the world celebrates this 15 September the International Day of Democracy. The Human Rights expert is worried about the attacks against our Democracy and goes on to explain that in some domains, Mauritius has become worse than Zimbabwe... (AllAfrica)

Mauritius Oil Spill - Japanese Ship Operator Pledges to Help Pay for Clean-Up

[DW] The Japanese ship operator of the tanker that leaked over 1,000 tons of oil off the coast of Mauritius in July has pledged $9 million toward clean-up efforts. The oil spill has damaged mangroves and coral reefs. (AllAfrica)

Yousuf Mohamed - "If there is belief and stamina, there CAN be change sooner than expected."

[L'Express] This week, Weekly sits with heavy-weight Senior Counsel Yousuf Mohamed to talk about the protest march held in Port Louis on Saturday. We also took the opportunity to ask him about the outcome and the way this is likely to go. (AllAfrica)

Vulnerable Coastal Communities Must be Protected From the Effects of the Oil Spill

[The Conversation Africa] On 25 July 2020, the Japanese ship, MV Wakashio, ran aground the coral reef off the eastern coast of Mauritius. The vessel discharged more than 1,000 tonnes of oil into the island's pristine lagoon including its Blue Bay Marine reserve. (AllAfrica)

Protest March - Sociopolitics of August 29

[L'Express] PKJ's response to the historic protest march of August 29 is an aberration. He comes on TV to tell us that he has the same preoccupation as the population and that our democracy is kicking and alive. Our preoccupation is the search for a functioning democracy where rights of people and nature are respected, development is delivered, where information flow is possible and citizens' right to know is upheld, where accountability and transparency prevail, where justice for all is the norm. In short, our preocc (AllAfrica)

Decisive and Timely - Mauritius' Response Curbs Covid-19

[WHO] Port Louis - In late January 2020 the isolation ward at Souillac Hospital in the south of Port Louis had six people in quarantine. They had flown to the Mauritian capital from Wuhan city. This was long before the Indian Ocean island confirmed its first COVID-19 cases, but strict measures were already in effect to detect and prevent the virus from spreading. (AllAfrica)

What Is the Environmental Impact of the Oil Spill?

[African Arguments] The oil spill's long-term impacts on Mauritius' fragile ecosystems will take years to fully comprehend, but the signs are already clear. (AllAfrica)

Ill Effects of Tobacco - Info Clip Competition Rewards Six Young People

[Government of Mauritius] A group of six young Mauritians, three in the age category of 14-22 years and three aged between 23 and 35 years received, today, cash prizes of Rs 20 000 (winner), Rs 15 000 (first runner-up) and Rs 10 000 (second runner-up). A prize presentation ceremony to reward these youth following their participation in an Info Clip Competition on the theme "Kifer zenes fimé? Ki solisyon to ena?" was thus held at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, in Bell Village. (AllAfrica)

Govt Asks Japan to Pay U.S.$34 Million After Oil Spill - Report

[DW] Nearly a month after Mauritius declared an environmental emergency over an oil spill from a Japanese bulk carrier, the government has asked Japan to pay up, a report shows. (AllAfrica)

Prime Minister Pays Tribute to Former Indian President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee

[Government of Mauritius] The Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, paid tribute, this morning, to the former President of the Republic of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, following the demise of the latter. The Prime Minister was signing a Condolence Book at the High Commission of India, in Port-Louis. (AllAfrica)

PM Talks About the Reopening of Borders, MV Wakashio and People's March

[Government of Mauritius] The Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, announced, yesterday, in a televised message to the Nation on the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, that the reopening of the Mauritian borders will be carried out in three phases. He also spoke about the setting up of a Court of Investigation following the grounding of the Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio at Pointe d'Esny, and the People's March which was held on Saturday 29 August 2020 in the streets of the capital city, Port Louis. (AllAfrica)

Rajen Narsingen - "You don't have to a detective to know who is doing the mudslinging and stirring up communalism."

[L'Express] The Wakashio disaster that hit the island in the last few weeks has brought to the forefront the incompetence of the government and its irresponsibility in dealing with it. It has also acted as the last straw, following a series of scandals, that has resulted in the citizens deciding to take to the streets again in protest. We speak to Rajen Narsingen, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Mauritius, about his legal take on these issues. (AllAfrica)

Covid-19 - Mauritius to Reopen Borders in Three Phases

[Government of Mauritius] Mauritius is reopening its borders in three phases and the protection of the population remains the priority in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AllAfrica)

MV Wakashio - Solidarity Grant of Rs 10,200 to Those Affected By the Oil Spill

[Government of Mauritius] A Solidarity Grant of Rs 10,200 is being paid, as from August 2020, to fishers, fishmongers and Pleasure Craft Licensees/Operators/Workers. This monthly grant aims to compensate for the stoppage of sea activities in the affected regions as a result of the oil spill following the wreck of MV Wakashio. (AllAfrica)

MRA Seizes Cannabis and Mdma At the Parcel Post Office

[Government of Mauritius] The Customs Anti-Narcotics Section (CANS) of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) has, on Friday 28 August 2020, seized cannabis and MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) worth approximately Rs 136,000 from five unclaimed parcels at the Parcel Post Office, in Port Louis. (AllAfrica)

Trou d'Eau Douce Region Declared As a Restricted Zone for Fishing

[Government of Mauritius] The region of Trou d'Eau Douce up to Le Bouchon has been declared as a Restricted Zone for fishing, swimming and any other sea activities. This was announced, on Friday 28 August 2020, by the Minister of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Sudheer Maudhoo. He was speaking during a press conference held at the seat of the Ministry in Port-Louis. (AllAfrica)

MV Wakashio - Appropriate Containment and Mitigation Actions Taken, Says PM

[Government of Mauritius] 'Our country has been confronted with an unprecedented oil spill following the wreck of MV Wakashio. The concerned authorities took all appropriate actions within our existing resources and assistance from International Organisations and friendly countries, to contain and mitigate the adverse effect of this casualty'. (AllAfrica)