His name is Leslie Voltaire. For nearly two decades now, he has been a major player in the political gutters of Haiti, as a presidential adviser or cabinet member, helping the self-proclaimed neo-communist clique running the country achieve their aims of creating a socialist society modeled on Castro’s Cuba, while serving the United States deceitful schemes, and lies after lies, purporting to make the holding of fake elections the new and only standard of democracy in our hemisphere.
And, like the other members of the presidential clique of pseudo-communist parasites who claim their power and influence from their close friendship with Mr. René Préval, the sitting president of Haiti, Mr. Leslie Voltaire’s leftist credentials, earned as a political activist on behalf of former president Allende in Chile, always seem to evaporate when big money can be made from contracting with the government of Haiti, without the hassles of a public bidding process, to deliver one thing or another to the people of Haiti. As is usually the case with such arrangements in Haiti, Mr. Voltaire received every single penny due to him under the contractual obligations of the state, while he delivered nothing, according to credible sources contacted for this investigative report.
It is not surprising then to learn, that as a trusted presidential adviser roaming the corridors of Haiti’s national palace since 1991, Mr. Voltaire has leaned heavily on the government to amass a personal fortune now worth about U.S. $ 200 million dollars. Moreover, his personal connection to Mrs. Elizabeth Préval, Haiti’s First Lady, has recently landed him a contract worth U.S. $ 30 million dollars per month, to remove rubbles left behind by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12 of this year. Mrs. Préval is the former wife of Lesly Delatour, a former Minister of Finance and Governor of the Central Bank of Haiti, and a long time ally of Mr. Leslie Voltaire. In fact, many in Haiti believe that a blood relationship exists between the families of Mr. Delatour and Mr. Leslie Voltaire.
It does not hurt Mr. Voltaire either, of course, to have in his camp Haiti’s current Minister of Tourism, Mr. Patrick Delatour, the First Lady’s former brother-in-law. The First Lady, you will recall, is an appointed member of a commission tasked with overseeing all post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Haiti, while Mr. Patrick Delatour has recently raised more than eyebrows in a New York Time article for his apparent conflict of interest as the co-owner of a construction firm doing business with the government of Haiti, of which he remains a member.
Has President René Préval ever asked his trusted adviser, Mr. Leslie Voltaire, how many of our Haitian brothers and sisters could be housed and fed with $ U.S. 200 million dollars? Or, how many Haitian children could be fed and educated with $ U.S. 30 million per month? What does Mrs. Elizabeth Delatour Préval, the president’s wife and economic adviser, think of the economic impact of such vile corruption on private investment in a market economy?
Will impunity continue to shield these pseudo-communist crooks from being accountable to the people of Haiti? Not this time. Not as we get ready to rebuild Haiti, the right way.
Omega Staff Writers
21 Mars 2010