Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s unpopularity / by Joel R Deeb

OMEGA WORLD NEWS

Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s unpopularity

OMEGA Editorial position, September 23, 2017

By Joel R Deeb

 

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President Jovenel Moise, after US trip, returns to Haiti in midst of public discontent and meets most embarrassing expression of disapproval yet.  As he seems to do everything to worsen the crisis, many questions remain puzzling and unanswered.

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The Return…

Haitian President, Jovenel Moise, arrived at Port-au-Prince’s international airport on September 22 after a short visit to the United States; where, through speeches, including at the United Nation’s headquarter, and discourses with Haitian community leaders, he gave his Government the highest marks for what he deems “an outstanding performance during its first seven months in office”.  His glorious auto-assessment, however, differs bluntly from that of the average Haitian; and, apparently, also from the perception of the Haitian diaspora, as demonstrated by the flurry of protests staged at almost every juncture of his trip.

Voices of Discontent…

While the groups voicing discontent during his United States visit were sometimes small (under 5000), they were present at every one of his events.  Furthermore, social media criticism during that time, soared to heights never experienced before by Haitians.  From blogs, to Facebook, all the way to phone messaging applications, the era of electronic communication did great disservice to the image that President Moise desperately sought to promote.  Amongst the various themes of dissatisfaction, and what is deemed to be an ill-conceived economic program for 2017-2018, a flurry of insults against President Moise held the forefront.  And, when that was not enough, Haitians from all walks of life, attacked the President’s lack of protocol, his ill-fitted suits, including what is becoming known as his wife’s chronic inelegance, to put it mildly. As stated by a concerned haitian entrepreneur, “when discourse gets so personal, it usually indicates a malaise that is far deeper than meets the eye”.

Failed propaganda…

In any respect, it is now becoming evident that when the President returned to Port-au-Prince on Friday September 2017, he suspected that the Executive branch’s disapproval rate had reached new heights.  Why else would he have enlisted interventions by members of his Cabinet to help him stage the perfect “welcome home”?

In a style adopted by Michel Martelly’s presidency, Jovenel Moise orchestrated what he anticipated to be a show of support from adoring crowds, whose mere presence was to contradict the Press’ reports of his growing unpopularity.  Allegedly assured by his staff and key government officials that all measures had been taken for his safety, while supportive citizens would march along his side, Jovenel Moise decided to exit the international airport on foot.

Lack of discernment…

Against sensible recommendations and against the terms of his own recent public declarations where he presented himself as a man of compromise, President Moise, in a fast-rhythmic pace, characteristic of aggressive tribal warlike posturing, took to the streets with his entourage.

He initially appeared confident to the point of arrogance.  He would walk down the main avenue by the name of Haiti’s greatest forefather, General Toussaint Louverture, surrounded by robust guards, political personnel and great numbers of passionate loyalists of the PHTK party (under which he was elected), and show the world that he was loved.  A well-known retired political analyst once said: “Could it be that all peacocks upon opening their colorful feathers, so bright from the front, promptly forget that, by the same token, they invariably uncover their ass1, so readily visible from behind?”

Failures of welcoming committee…

What started as a somewhat arrogant but colorful moving group of people, some with matching T-shirts to the effigy of the President, others with dark function suits, police uniforms and even with army camouflage costumes, rapidly changed into a hurried mass when stones thrown by anti-Moise militants brutally rained on the President’s parade.

The rest is a series of pitiful attempts by President’s Moise and his Prime Minister Lafotonant’s communication teams to repackage the moment but circulating images leave no mistake as to what occurred, particularly when the Haitian President had to be shoved into his nearby vehicle, by security staff.  His power march was cut short by falling stones, spreading tear gas and resounding riffle shots.

Refusal to confer…

It can only be determined, at this point, that, as suspected by OMEGA, the President, apart from being possibly plagued with a certain level of naiveite, or lack of sophistication, has not had the acumen to pick a good team and seek advisors of integrity.

One day before this incident, incident that has further eroded the President’s authority and prestige, OMEGA published an interview with the President of the legislative branch confirming that “dialogue” was of the essence.  The President of the National Assembly who, in the name of stability, has greatly supported all good will effort to calm the volatile ambiance of dissatisfaction, could not have been clearer and we quote:  If we are in a democracy and there are groups who have revindications, there must be dialogue.  Communication must be permanent.  While Senator Latortue was the first to open this door which we had hoped the President would graciously welcome, he is no longer the only one.  So, if President Moise cannot bring himself to follow in the footsteps of the more institutional head of the legislative power, he could certainly heed the call of other likeminded politicians or civil society members who are preaching dialogue as well.

Persisting questions…

As we remain puzzled by the extent of the misreading of the Executive branch and its stubbornness in refusing conciliation, many questions plague us:

WHY DOES JOVENEL MOISE KEEP ALLEGED CORRUPT OFFICIALS IN HIS INNER CIRCLE WHEN DISTRUST IN HIS GORNMENT’S INTEGRITY IS HIS GREATEST WEAKNESS?

AND WHAT NARROW INTEREST IS CAUSING JOVENEL MOISE TO REFUSE COMMON SENSE AND SOUND ADVICE FROM SEASONED POLITICIANS?

WHY WON’T JOVENEL MOISE HEAD THE REPEATED SUGGESTIONS TO FIND COMMON GROUNDS WITH THE PROTESTERS, EVEN WHEN IN HIS SPEECHES HE SAYS HE WILL?

AND WHY DOES HE NOT ENLIST THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE TO HELP HIM REINFORCE THE FOUNDATIONS OF A STABLE GOVERNEMENT?

WE HAVE ALWAYS ENDORSED THE PETROCARIBE REPORT ON CORRUPTION, SO IT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE THAT ONCE AGAINS, WE AIM TO ASK WHY THIS GOVENRMENT WILL NOT AT LEAST CONSIDER THAT REPORT AS A BASIS FOR LAUNCHING A PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFORM?

Finding the answer to these non-exhaustive interrogations will be the investigative line of OMEGA this week.  Unless we have a possible madman in office, which is farfetched and unlikely, Jovenel Moises’ seemingly egoistical, stifling and non-inclusive style, must hide some greater scheme.

A member of our board once said:  Nothing is anodyne in politics, especially if a leader enacts strategies that are obviously against his people’s common good.  OMEGA WOLRD NEWS’ readers may look forward to further editorials from our staff writers in coming days.

 

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Haitian-American Joel Ramphis Deeb is a Professional Political Consultant with over 20 years experience providing sound analysis, interpretation, problem solving skills land public policy recommendations for solving various political problems that affect national security, public safety and the effectiveness of government, Chairman and CEO, Omega  Analyst, Strategic Studies / Counter Terrorism Action Plan, Latin America 1980 – Present. Congressman Gilman’s Remarks at Haiti Conference Today at Washington Convention Center :, Finding the Path to Redevelopment Before the 40th Annual Congresssional Black Caucus Legislative Committee

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