Haiti: Senator Moïse Announces Hearings with PM Lamothe and Ministers
- Viernes, 15 de junio 2012 14:35
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Senator Jean-Charles Moïse said Thursday he had found support from his colleagues to convene the head of government and some of his ministers.
Senator Moïse (Nord/Inite) made these and other statements following resolutions taken by the senate to convene Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, the Minister of Finance and the Economy, Minister of National Defense and the Minister of Justice, on June 18th and June 21st.
It was only last week that the prime minister presented a progress report and future outlook to parliament on the occasion of his administration's first month in office.
According to Senator Moïse, senate colleagues who had supported the ratification of the prime minister were not impressed with the PM's report and for this reason have decided to further consultations with the new government.
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"There were many colleagues who were opposed to me during the time of ratification that have come to join me."
"The reason they say is that when they were listening to Laurent Lamothe's report, it was a weak report, a headache of a report and a shameful report."
"So many colleagues decided, considering how President Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe don't have any notions of the state so ultimately they are destroying the state."
Venezuelan Ambassador, Persona non Grata
The Senator of the North is concerned about the uses of the PetroCaribe funds, which are not money granted to Haiti but loans that are to be paid back starting in 2030. Some senators now consider the Venezuelan Ambassador an 'unwelcome person' for having given positive reports of the Martelly administration despite recognizing the mishandling of them.
"Today we recognize that there are many branches in the international community that don't want to give money to the country, because they say there is too much corruption."
"The only money we have are the PetroCaribe funds and Martelly is misusing it."
"Martelly is misusing it with the question of 'Ti Maman Cheri', 'Aba Grangou', 'Lekol Gratuit', 'Katye'm Poze' all of these things are to launder money in the country."
"And listen, I have spoken to a lot of people on the national and international level and we have revealed that the Venezuelan Ambassador has produced a series of reports favorable of Martelly."
"For us here, we don't have a choice, as he is here and is observing how they [Martelly-Lamothe government] are misusing the state's money in the PetroCaribe fund and he never says anything... well for us we declare the Ambassador from Venezuela persona non grata."
Arming Former Militants
Senator Moïse believes PetroCaribe funds have been used to arm nearly 2,300 former soldiers and aspiring soldiers throughout the country. For this reason the Minister of National Defense will be convened.
"It is with Venezuelan money that Martelly has bought guns to aid former soldiers and degenerates that walk among the army people."
"Considering Martelly is immoral, he would never sit on the principles of law to lead the country of Haiti... they have been destroying the state since they risen to the head of the state."
"Today the people of Haiti do not need to wait for anything from Martelly... he is only assembling a group of elites in the country and giving them monopolies, corruption is left and right, ultimately we will convocate a series of ministers so they can come and answer questions that we have to ask."