Editorial Comment. Mr. Michel Martelly’s presidency has stalled. The Haitian Senate disqualified first Prime-Minister pick Daniel-Gerard Rouzier because he failed to prove that he is a Haitian citizen. Second pick Bernard Gousse was rejected even faster because of his horrible human-rights record. Mr. Gousse had previously persecuted at least one of the senators who evaluated his dossier. The Haitian Senate is cooler still to Martelly’s project to renew the mandate of the illegally created Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC; also called the Commission Interimaire pour la Reconstruction d’Haiti, CIRH) a brainchild of Mr. Clinton and his wealthy friends. Below, a report of the Senate’s Public Works Committee.
Dady Chery, Editor
Translated from the French by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery
The Public Works Committee of Haiti’s Senate met on Thursday, August 11, 2011 with Ministry of Public Works, Transportation and Communication (MTPTC) representative, Jacques Gabriel, about several ongoing projects attributed to the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) and other important issues. Committee Chairman, John William Jeanty said that the meeting with Minister Gabriel shed light on what he calls IHRC “bluffs.”
According to the understanding of the second Senator from the Nippes Department after the meeting,
“A set of projects that the IHRC [Interim Haiti Recovery Comission] claims to have financed for the MPTC [Ministry of Public Works, Transportation and Communication] had actually been funded by donors like the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank [IDB], before the Commission was formed.”
The Senator accuses the IHRC of appropriating for its balance sheets the projects of several ministries. He said that the participation of former United States President Bill Clinton, whom they are passing off as the facilitator of funding to the IHRC, is not as substantial as we are made to believe.
Other topics such as the operation of Electricité d’Haiti (EDH), the network of telephone operators, the National Center of Equipment (CNE) were also discussed, said engineer Jeanty without giving more details.
The Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Communication said he furnished clarification on some projects mentioned in IHRC documents for which information on financing has been “long in coming.”
This especially regards, he said, plans for the construction of roads mentioned in the Commission documents under the heading “Support for Transport”, which provide as examples the stretches Gonaïves-Ennery, Croix des Bouquets-Malpasse, and Petit trou-Petite Riviere de Nippes.
“We provided an update on these projects and discussed the possibility of launching the projects that are already approved, or initiating studies for projects not yet evaluated”,
said the outgoing Minister of Public Works.
Sources: Haiti Chery (English) | AHP, August 11, 2011 (French)