Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Drug Money In Elections, Unlawful Discharges, Warned Against At CSC/CA Sit-In

Haiti: Drug money in elections, unlawful discharges, warned against at CSC/CA sit-in

Sit-in at CSC/CA where protesters from MONOP demand no unlawful discharges and no drug money in elections.
Sit-in at CSC/CA where protesters from MONOP demand no unlawful discharges and no drug money in elections.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Protesters at Friday's sit-in at the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes (CSC/CA) demanded drug money not be used in upcoming elections. It was part of their hostile chants against a "plot" to give discharges, outside of the law, to former officials that had amassed a record $2.9 billion [US] debt in recent years.

Amid hostile chants for former leaders of the state, Preval-Bellerive and Martelly-Lamothe, André Fadot of the National Popular Opposition Movement (MONOP) said, "we're here to demand that the Superior Court of Auditors not give documents to officials involved in the waste of public funds."
Protesters at the sit-in organized Friday, April 17, 2015, outside the offices of the CSC/CA pointed the finger at President Michel Martelly who they claim aims to issue discharges by decree to state officials who would have otherwise had their financial management reviewed by a bicameral commission of the Legislature following an audit of the CSC/CA.

Light should be made on the management of public funds by officials of the State, who aim to go to elections, requires MONOP, cited in an AlterPresse article.

Approximately 40 former ministerial records, for the purpose of discharging, were received at the CSC/CA.

Drug Money Elections

"This drug money will not fund the elections," warned the protesters, as to refer to the seizure of 77 kg of cocaine and 10 kg of heroin on the ship "MV Manzanares", that carried a load of sugar from Colombia.

The seizure was made, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in a local port Wharf Jeremie, located in the town of Cité Soleil (north of the capital) by the Brigade fight against drug trafficking (BLTs) with " Drug enforcement agency "(Dea) of the United States of America and the United Nations Police (UNPOL).
Resale value would be estimated at about 10 million US dollars (Us $ 1.00 = 48.00 gourdes; 1 euro = 60.00 gourdes today).

This police operation against drug traffickers occurs in a context where Haiti is facing the problem of financing the Haitian elections, and in turn, the issue of political party financing and their candidates in future elections.

"We do not believe the upcoming elections can be held. The meeting, organized by the Electoral Council, for a reduction of political parties, is a signal to the impossibility of organizing elections. These parties should have resumed protesting on the streets" suggested MONOP.

Cocaine Flavored Elections

In 2015, questions and suspicions are issued on the origin of future financing of candidates in the upcoming elections.

An article by Leslie Péan, titled The cocaine-flavored elections had already recalled the fears expressed by the United States of America, facing the risk that the campaign for the 2010 elections is "may be contaminated with funding coming from illegal activities, including drug trafficking continues to be a destabilizing factor in Haiti. "

Friday, April 13, 2015, a meeting was held between the government and the registered political parties, with a view to reducing the number of political entities may participate in the upcoming elections and to avoid any confusion that may hinder the selection of voters.

While criticizing some of the old activists of the opposition movement - who embarked in the process of coming elections - popular round table intends to continue the fight against poverty, corruption, unemployment and insecurity, said Fadot.

He called on justice officials to impose sanctions against Martelly, Lamothe and the new Prime Minister Evans Paul, who would be responsible, among others, in his eyes, the liquidation of the PetroCaribe funds.

Serious anomalies were recorded in the use by the Haitian government, funds from the PetroCaribe program, which allows Haiti to have cheap oil at preferential rates.

The waste of more than one billion US dollars by the current political administration - in his scandalous use of PetroCaribe funds - have contributed to the increase in the debt of the country, denounced several sectors, including opposition to Martelly.

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