President Jovenel Moses is preparing to trample the Haitian justice system
In the face of one of the worst economic and political crises Haiti has ever known, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse is trying to reinvent himself as a reformer.
But rather than tackling the real problems of the country, he focused on the business sector – the energy sector in particular – as the root of everything that affects the country.
As part of this mission, he arbitrarily abuses the authority and judicial power of the state for political ends and takes a dangerous path to authoritarianism, while turning a commercial dispute into a criminal case in order to divert the Haitian public from its disastrous reign.
In a tactical hijacking, President Moïse publicly attacked independent power producers E-Power, HAYTRAC and SOGENER.
President Moïse politically arms the state apparatus and the Haitian judicial system.
He dangerously incites old social demons and class divisions, politicizing commercial grievances and throwing investors into the criminal arena.
He arbitrarily ordered the unilateral termination of electricity contracts, ignoring both the legal framework defining ways and means of conflict resolution, and the international conventions to which Haiti formally subscribed.
Blinded by the need to deflect popular discontent, he and his advisers do not fully appreciate the consequences of this arbitrary act on future investments and the supply of electricity to the population.
To add to all this, his government has now issued arrest warrants against the board of directors of SOGENER, the widow of the late President René Préval and former government ministers Préval / Alexis, who signed amendments to original contract of 2005.
Stuck in a self-imposed crisis engulfing his mandate, Jovenel Moïse seeks to hide his incompetence by replacing Haiti in the era of authoritarian rule. The Haitian legal system is subject to the will of the “supreme leader” of the country and this should be even more alarming. The President has deliberately kept silent about the serious fall of the Haitian currency, the record budget deficits and inflation at two figures, the mismanagement of the oil market crisis, the numerous corruption scandals and the waste and theft of PetroCaribe funds by his political family.
He intentionally concealed the difficulties faced by the state-owned company, Ed’H, in distributing and marketing the electricity produced, which is the real source of our energy problem.
This has kept this entity in a state of permanent bankruptcy.
It may be necessary to revise these contracts and reorganize the entire sector, in order to create better conditions for attracting the necessary investments in the country.
But in a demagogic approach, Moses prefers to criminalize energy producers rather than just renegotiating contracts.
In a country suffering from chronic power outages, the president finds in private electricity providers the ideal scapegoat to distract the public from the real problems of the moment.
He rejects the fact that his name is cited 69 times in the official corruption report on Venezuela’s PetroCaribe agreement with Haiti.
In addition, he and his wife are accused of illegally contracting DERMALOG, a European company, to create a new national identity and a new voting card for Haitians, despite persistent objections from government auditors and several members of the government. Parliament. In addition, he refuses to provide public information on how his administration has spent money in several government agencies, programs and contracts.
Our president-entrepreneur must not forget that it is this same judicial system that he is now trying to dismantle, which will guarantee him a fair trial when the time comes.
So far, the United States and the United Nations – which continues to lead a small human rights mission in Haiti – have remained silent.
But the Haitian public should know his opinion on these autocratic excesses and the removal of the judicial system by the executive.
After all, the UN mission is mandated by the Security Council to advise the government on political and legal issues.
Legal principles and fundamental rights are flouted by a corrupt, illegitimate and unconstitutional government.
The democratic gains of 1986 are now under threat. Individual freedoms and the rule of law are under threat.