Deputy Arnel Belizaire faces a lifting of immunity, and imminent arrest, if he goes ahead with plans for paid Aristide/Lavalas agitators to disrupt Prime Minister Lamothe’s appearance before Parliament.
It has now become apparent as to why Belizaire, and his collection of Deputies, do not really want Lamothe’s appearance, but cannot say so. There was great pressure, and publicity underlining the Chamber of Deputies demand for details of certain projects. They claimed Lamothe refused, or couldn’t comply. What was originally an arrogant attempt to embarrass the Prime Minister has turned the hose back upon a long list of Deputies, involved in questionable projects and financial charades.
Some would say criminal projects, aimed at stealing the money.
For example, one problem project, so far as certain deputies are concerned, involves a road-building contract in the Jeremie area. This project is already underway, coordinated and funded by the Mexican government, even as some deputies are demanding money for what is actually the same project.
In other words, a massive “double-dip.”…or, perhaps, a very thick road. I go for a “steal the cash” concept.
Other projects, proposed by certain deputies, are focused upon using properties to which Title cannot be guaranteed.
More projects are proposed by deputies, fronting for companies that do not even exist.
And, there is more. Certain projects have been proposed only to have the Deputy’s wives as controlling directors of these projects, even though they have absolutely no expertise in the fields involved.
Haiti has the reputation of being one of the world’s – if not the world’s most corrupt nation. No one will ever stamp out corruption in Haiti or, for that matter, the United States, Canada, France or anywhere else. However, Prime Minister Lamothe, and his team, try to get the biggest bang for the dollars we have.
Prime Minister Lamothe is not Sister Teresa, but he is doing his best to limit excesses and ensure that funding is used to its best effect in Haiti.
It is time for everyone, the Church, business, what is left of the middle class, and the rest of our society to take a sober look at where we are, and where we want to go. I am sure that the Nation will not benefit from the Belizaire/Lavalas/Aristide agitation for instability. We have already been down that path a few times.
The old Creole proverb says it: “Bad is better than worse…” Not to say that Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is “bad” but to say that Prime Minister Lamothe is the best we have had since Duvalier’s departure in 1986…. So much better than anything the Aristide/Lavalas mob presented before, or offers for our future..
The Nation must remain on course and stay behind the Martelly/Lamothe team for whatever the future may hold.
It is 10:00 A.M. Monday morning and there are rumors of some sort of truce between the imbeciles in the Chamber of Deputies and the Martelly/Lamothe team. Let’s hope the majority in the Chamber of Deputies takes control and moves forward to solve the real problems facing Haiti now, and in the future.