Yves Germain JOSEPH
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.
Toward the creation of a Verification Commission in Haiti.
On Monday, April 11, 2016, the Interim President Jocelerme Privert sent letters to all political parties, whether represented in the Parliament or not, to discuss the establishment of an Electoral Verification Commission. The discussion would start from April 12, 2016, as per the terms of the Commission as mentioned before. The Head of the State has said, it is his obligation to define the role of the Commission based on the consensus of all involved stakeholders to avoid all future crises. We might remember that in last month, even the Haitian Human Rights Leaders, composing coalition of RNDDH, CNO, CONHANE and SOFA, had recommended the necessity of a verification process to uphold Haitians' right to vote and to avoid a major political and electoral crisis.
Here is a picture of Minister of Plannification, Yves Germain JOSEPH and President Michel Martelly.
When Haitian President Michel Martelly called a vote that would extend parliament and thus facilitate elections for the country, a deal that was being brokered by the United States, members of the political parties of the opposition failed to show up leaving the proposal floundering. The opposition has made their feelings - that the President has played a game to place himself in the de facto position, ruling by decree - and also their intentions - to keep their protests alive until they accomplish their one mission, to get the President out of power - well known.
Haiti isn't new to political unrest, as the world has seen documented, but in recent years, a new era of democracy had begun and hopes were high for that to continue. When issues began last year that would lead to the current dissolution of parliament, the governing administration blamed the opposition senators, and they in turn blamed the President.