Weekly Island Round-Up - 23rd Aug 2021
Here are 3 things happening in Mauritius this week!
1) Mauritius FA denies it is in ‘turmoil’ as board members resign while police investigate accusations of a phone recording women using the toilets.
The president of the Mauritius Football Association has denied it is in turmoil after two board members stepped down over its handling of accusations a mobile phone in video recording mode was hidden in the women’s toilets at the association’s headquarters.
Police are continuing to investigate the claims made by the administrative secretary, Mila Sinnasamy, that the mobile phone discovered on 30 July was concealed in a blue basket placed in the water tank of the women’s toilet at the MFA’s headquarters in Trianon, 15km from the capital, Port Louis.
She claimed the device was being used to record users of the toilet, having been “placed in such a manner where if ever someone enter[ed] the toilet premises she would be clearly seen and if a lady removed her pants her private parts would be clearly seen”.
A Fifa spokesman also said they were monitoring the situation. “These allegations are very concerning and should be investigated accordingly,” he said.
2) Justice Lecoq and Ravann Koze pay tribute to Cassiya’s “Le Morne” to commemorate the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (Aug 23rd)
The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.
It is against this background that the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August each year.
This International Day is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples. It should offer an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions to which it has given rise between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.
To commemorate this day, the group Action Développement Le Morne (ADM) asked the singer Justice Lecoq and the group Ravann Koze to perform a legendary title of the group Cassiya, the song Le Morne.
3) Mauritius reports 96% plunge in revenue from tourism due to Covid-19. This is expected to rebound at the end of the year when Mauritian borders open to fully vaccinated travellers
Mauritius reported a 96% plunge in revenue from tourism in the first half as the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions deterred people from traveling to the Indian Ocean island.
Revenue was dropped to 578 million rupees ($13.6 million) from 16.08 billion rupees a year ago, according to the Port Louis-based Bank of Mauritius. Revenue in June fell to 20 million rupees from 383 million rupees.
Tourism is a major source of foreign currency for Mauritius and the industry may rebound as from the fourth quarter with reopening of borders to vaccinated tourists. Statistics Mauritius forecast arrivals of about 325,000 people in 2021 compared with 308,980 a year ago.