Port-au-Prince – Several civil society organizations and opposition parties call for demonstrations in several cities in Haiti on Sunday to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse, accused of being at the heart of a "diversion ploy" of funds "by the Superior Court of Accounts.
"We demand that all the money-launderers be judged and punished, their property seized and turned over to the state for serious development projects, that the president resign and make himself available to justiceexplains Vélina Charlier, an activist from a civil society organization calling for the event.
The judges of the Court of Accounts last week published a report of more than 600 pages on the use of the Petrocaribe fund, a development program sponsored by Venezuela, which proves to be a litany of examples of calamitous management and corruption.
Among the hundreds of projects pinned, magistrates discovered that in 2014 for the same road rehabilitation project, the State signed two contracts with two companies with different names, Agritrans and Betexs, but which share the same tax number and the same technical staff.
Before coming to power in 2017, Jovenel Moïse was at the head of Agritrans, which received more than 33 million gourdes (more than US $ 700,000, at the then rate) for this road project. activity consisted of banana production.
Always perceived as a source of waste and corruption, the Petrocaribe fund has already given rise, in 2016 and 2017, to two senatorial surveys. Since the summer of 2018, the citizen movementPetrocaribe Challenge"The protests across the country have multiplied, prompting the Superior Court of Auditors to begin monitoring how the more than US $ 1.6 billion has been spent by the four successive administrations.
– "Eliminate the drifts"-
"A general audit of the public administration is more than necessary to eliminate the excesses"considers Velina Charlier, 38 years old and"Petrochallengeuse"from the first hour.
This call for sanitation of national institutions is shared by the Catholic sector.
His bishops said Saturday they want to see "at all levels of government and public service of women and men new in their mentality, their professional conscience and their competence".
Opposition parties who have been challenging the election of Jovenel Moïse for two years, are again calling on their sympathizers to demonstrate in peace on Sunday.
"We have the guarantee that the police will be on the spot throughout the whole territory to protect lives and property: we have made all the arrangements for everything to go smoothly", testified André Michel, one of the main opponents to power.
In February, Haiti experienced a week of violent anti-power demonstrations in which at least seven people were killed.
These riots led to the fall of the government in mid-March, but since then the political process to install a new cabinet has been blocked by Parliament.
Without ministers in office, with no budget yet voted for the fiscal year that began in October, Haiti is also threatened by a constitutional crisis because the holding of parliamentary elections in the fall is uncertain.
This institutional fragility aggravates the economic crisis facing the country. With inflation exceeding 17%, coupled with a sharp devaluation of the national currency, the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable families are increasing.
In this country where more than half of the population is under 20, 60% of the population lives below the poverty line.