The public holds Minister Bachoo responsible for the flash flood victims because of the lamentable state of the drainage systems and poor follow up of the safety norms of the road infrastructure upgrading and constructions undertaken throughout the island. It is argued that the debris caused by the works in progress is not cleared in timely manner jeopardizing the citizen.
The National Transport Organization (CTO) running the ill-fated bus like every other public enterprise from hospitals to civil service is highly politicized with wrong people manning sensitive positions in this small island. Political patronage and interventionist attitude have crippled the institutions. Efficiency is not a national concern. There is a total crisis of management at every level. The institutions are at best operated and not managed although the Republic can boast of highly educated and qualified cadres and despite the public life being highly regulated.
Managing means planning the future and taking decisions, making people accountable through proper implementation of policies! The key people and handymen so appointed have so easy access to the political masters that those right people in responsible positions avoid taking decisions, playing safe. The system and management is therefore the casualty with the result that the consumers from the lower strata of the civil society find themselves helpless victims.
Mauritius politics has chartered a direction that looks like dragging its feet into a labyrinth from where it would be next to impossible to come out. The public sector is perceived to belong and owned by the Indo Mauritians and the private sector is believed to belong to the general population comprising the Whites, the Afro–creoles and hybrids issued from their intimate liaisons, owning the major business houses built from money accruing from the sugar sector labored by the Indian indentured labourers. The Indians in particular have a genetic preference for any governmental job no matter what the status irrespective of castes compatibility.
Officers manning the Town and Country Planning and local government establishments beside the central government are all generally from the Indo Mauritian stock, approving applications, giving permits and licenses. Discovering the island from towns to villages one can see for himself the lax culture which reminds one of the culture prevalent India.
Corruption and carelessness is rife throughout the Republic. One is stunned and perplexed how an outgoing member of the Legislative Assembly from the rank of ordinary M.L.A to minister and his wife and children start driving dream vehicles after one term of tenure with secondary residences in gated environments, splashing branded goods. More perplexing is the story of the mistress acquiring sumptuous bungalows and with fat bank balance and business interests!
All this have a cost. The quality of service and performance of the sectors under the responsibilities of those becoming rich and wealthy overnight obviously suffer. Politics is a business. It is no longer a vocation to serve the nation! In India, the Ambassador cars were the trade marks of the politicians and high civil servants and pundits. In Mauritius it is the German high ends no matter whether the common man’s means of transport receives timely maintenance or not.
The bus driver’s spouse declares in a newspaper interview that her unfortunate husband used to complain about the defective brake of the vehicle. The Prime Minister has a weakness for calling British and Singaporean experts in every core area either to buy time or perhaps because he does not trust his in house advisers and cadres. The nation is gradually wondering whether he should not contract out the management of his government to them.