Here is a picture of Former prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive cited for the mishandeling of post hurricane contracts. The President of Commission of Anti-Coruption, Senator Youri Latortue, cited Former Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive for receiving close to seven million of American dollars in bribery or kick back from Dominican companies
Jean Max Bellerive Cited For Receiving Seven Million in Bribery
On July 27, 2016, the President of the Commission on Anti-Corruption, Senator Youri Latortue cited the name of former Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive (in office 11 November 2009 - 18 October 2011) for possibly receiving close to US$ 7 million kickback for awarding multi-million dollar contracts to some Dominican companies immediately following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. During the time of issuing these contracts he was the Prime Minister under President Rene Preval. Bellerive was born in Port-au-Prince in 1958. His father was a prominent doctor of the World Health Organization (WHO). Bellerive left Haiti at a very young age to study in Switzerland, France, and Belgium. He is a graduate in Political Science and International Relations; he decided to return to Haiti in 1986, shortly before the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier. He has worked with many public institutions such as the Secretariat of Tourism, the National Port Authority (APN), the Haitian People's Bank (BPH), the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) and the Ministry of Haitians Living abroad. In last March, the interim president Jocelerme Privert included him in his executive team as the Chief of Staff.
May 27, 2016, Eustache St Lot, former director of BMPAD kept in custody by the prosecutor of Port-au-Prince to face with the former minister Wilson Laleau.
Mr. Eustache Saint-Lot, the former General Manager of BMPAD (Monetization Office of Development Assistance Programmes), was held in custody along with his lawyer Patrick Maitre Lawrence by the Commissioner of Port-au-Prince Parquet, since Friday, May 27 till June 3, 2016. They were kept under an order of the Director of the Public Prosecution at a police station in the capital, awaiting the arrival of the former Minister of Economy and Finance, Wilson Laleau who is traveling abroad. However, they were released later on a bail of 100 million gourdes. Wilson Laleau spent five years in the Martelly administration as the Minister of Trade and Finance. He has been also summoned by the new Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince. Mr. Jean Danton Léger. As per opinion of the new Government Commissioner Léger, Mr. Eustache Saint-Lot and former Minister Wilson Laleau had given contradictory statements against each other in separate hearings in regard to the management of PetroCaribe fund amounting to $1.5 million. The Commissioner wants to question and hear these two men together in the same place and at the same time "to get the truth out of the bottom of the well."
Here is a picture of Wilson Laleau on the Right and Eustache Saint-Lot PetroCaribe contradiction on the Left.
May, 2016 - Former Minister of Economy and Finance, Wilson Laleau and general manager of the Office of Monetization of Development Aid Programs (BMPAD), Eustache Saint-Lot contardict eachother at separate hearing in regard to Petro Caribe Fund management
Since the interim President Jocelerme Privert came to power, he has repeatedly denounced the disastrous state of the public finance and has reiterated his commitment to eliminate the looting of public funds, as much as possible. However, as per the last news, the Government Commissioner Jean Danton Leger is still waiting for Minister Wilson Laleau's return and Minister Laleau has not shown any sign that he will come to the rescue of his friend. There is a general opinion that the PetroCaribe fund was a frequent subject of embezzlement by many political partiers during the regime of Michel Martelly.
5/11/16 - Former Director of BMPAD, s, having difficulties to give explanation to the Commission Anti-Corruption of the Senate regarding a contract signed between the Haitian government and the company ESD Engineering and his services for the maintenance of Electricity companies built by venezuela. Michael Lecorps was making $888 thousand US dollars a Month working for the same company.
At a hearing of the Ethics Committee and Anti Corruption Senate, on May 12, 2016, Michael Lecorps, the former Director (between 2013 and March 2015) of the Office of Monetization of Development Aid Programs (BMPAD) has said that the management of fund of his institution was proper under his direction. Such management of PetroCaribe funds was certified by the audit of the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes (CSCCA) as "in the line of the laid down provisions". The funds were disbursed by the Treasury as per mentioned guidelines only on the requests of the Ministry of Finance. The BMPAD had no intervening authority to supervise the implementation and execution of the projects undertaken by the respective departments. Management of PetroCaribe funds during his tenure, including the quick transfer of oil funds to Venezuela, had been always transparent and disclosed on the institution's website.
Misuse of PetroCaribe Funds - May, 2016 - Hearing of former Minister of Planning and External Cooperation(MPCE) Yves Germain Joseph revealed that after completing 8 km road out of an 18 km road contract (44%), GTC Construction firm received $21 million(over 95%) out of a total contract of $ 22 million.
A recent statement of former Minister of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE) Yves Germain Joseph reveals that GTC Construction firm out of a contract of $22 million under PetroCaribe fund to build an 18 km stretch of roads has received $21 million or 95% of the contracted amount after completing only 8 km or 44% of the work! We might also remember that in last December, this honorable minister was once accused by one of his girlfriend of misappropriating over $5 million of public funds. There were other reports of his involvement in a number of acts of corruption and misappropriation of public funds.
Here is former Haiti Prime Minister Gary Conille explaining his role in funds from PetroCaribe to the Permanent Committee and Senate Ethics Corruption Committee in April, 2016. He washes his hands 0ff PetroCaribe funds like Pontius Pilate at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus.
On April 14, 2016, Garry Conille, the former Prime Minister of Haiti (18 October 2011 - 16 May 2012) was summoned by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission of the Senate, to share some information about the management and disbursement of PetroCaribe fund. He had made it clear to the commission that he had some reservation about the procurement procedures and the documentation of some projects under the fund and thus, unlike some of his predecessor Prime Ministers, he did not sign the disbursement resolution. On becoming the Prime Minister, he came to know that on 12 May 2011, three contracts valued at 348 million were signed between the State of Haiti and the Dominican firms, bending every procedural rule. He did not even sign the first resolution taken by the Martelly administration on February 28, 2012.
Despite attempts to undermine the arrangement between Haiti and Venezuela, PetroCaribe proves to be a great source of help for the country.
Beside the help in oil through PetroCaribe, President Hugo Chavez helped Haiti in the construction of its industry, agriculture and social services. The Venezuelan president also forgave Haiti's debt, estimated to be US$295 million
Nicolas Maduro, the head of state of Venezuela visited Haiti on an official tour to discuss the possibilities and scope of the renewal of special funds for the relief and development of Haiti. During his visit, the new head of state of Venezuela stated that he as here in Haiti to represent the former Venezuelan President, late Hugo Chavez. He stated that it was Chavez's wish to return to Haiti. Maduro had a long discussion with the Haitian President Michel Martelly at the Presidential land.
The Ministry of Agriculture has announced a three year agricultural recovery plan for strengthening the agriculture so that Haiti becomes capable to take part in the oil against food exchange program with Venezuela. The concerned minister said, use of agricultural products as currency is a good idea to pay debt for oil. However, to reach that stage, Haiti must increase its agricultural crops from present level so that after meeting the local consumption need we have enough for exchange. The ministry has already selected 16 products (such as, cocoa, coffee, peas, beans, banana, etc) to begin negotiation with Venezuela.