SENATOR BEAUPLAN’S PETROCARIBE REPORT IS A WASTE OF GOVERNMENT RESOURCES.

SENATOR BEAUPLAN’S PETROCARIBE REPORT IS A WASTE OF GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

MIAMI, FLORIDA – On November 6, 2017, Senator Evaliere Beauplan released with great fanfare a report that he claims was comprehensive and would eventually shed light on the misappropriation of 2.3 billion dollars of the PetroCaribe fund. The report is not only a waste of government resources because the Senate had to hire an accounting firm to compile the information, but instead of shedding lights the report complicates matters more. The report is a compilation of easily verifiable lies, innuendos, misleading information, half-truths, and laughable accusations. In sum, this report is a political attack on the few honest government bureaucrats in Haiti.

 

To the extent that there may have been legitimate questions regarding the mismanagement and or misappropriation of the PetroCaribe fund, and the government officials involved in this nefarious activity, those questions had already been answered and put to rest by the prior investigation conducted by Senator Youri Latortue. Senator Latortue’s investigation was done in a professional, non-partisan manner where those who were the target of the investigation had an opportunity to testify and clarify specific issues. Among the people who testified before the Latortue’s committee was former prime ministers Jean-Max Bellerive, Laurent Salvador Lamothe, in addition to Michael LeCorps the key person responsible for the management of the PetroCaribe fund.

 

In addition to former government officials, several officials from companies who had received no-bid contracts could testify and present their side of the story. Witnesses had provided additional documents at the request of the committee, in addition to documents submitted to the committee by the companies. Based on this evidence, the committee was able to determine who were the culpable parties, the extent of their involvement, and concluded that 14 officials should be investigated further and possibly indicted for corruption, malfeasance, and theft.

 

Beauplan’s report should not, and cannot be taken seriously. The report should rightfully be called into question because of the political undertone and the manner in which this so-called “investigation” was conducted and the way the report was released to guarantee maximum media coverage. The committee’s conclusions are based on nothing except innuendos, lies, misleading information, half-truths, and insignificant minor issues such as contracts missing seals of approval from the court of auditors; or companies who did not attach to the contract required corporate documents. All these minor issues do not necessarily lend credence to a conclusion of corruption.

 

Investigations should be launched only when the matter in question warrants such investigation. In the case of the PetroCaribe, there have already been a prior investigation that addressed all the issues with regards to questionable expenditures, violations of government policies, pay-to-play schemes, and payments to companies who had no intention of commencing or completing the work for which they had been contracted.

 

Beauplan’s report was an attempt at “me too,” and that proves to be a monumental waste of government money, time and resources. The 659-page report could have been compiled by anyone. The report is comprised of a summary which provides no new evidence, reveals no new facts, but simply regurgitates what the world already knows about the PetroCaribe from the Latortue’s report. The other parts of the report comprised of a list of the five governments (from Rene Preval/Bellerive to Martelly/Paul) and the names of former ministers for each government; followed by a list of companies that received contracts from the five governments which are already known by the media and the public.

 

What is interesting about this report is that unlike the Latortue report, which was non-partisan, this report seems to focus on certain people without basis in facts. Additionally, it concludes without evidence that these people should be prosecuted meanwhile others whom the Latortue’s report found to have committed serious graft were completely left out of the Beauplan’s report.

 

For example, in the Latortue’s report, the Minister of Tourism, Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin was not involved because there was no evidence suggesting otherwise. In the Beauplan report, she was included as having been a person who mismanaged the PetroCaribe fund while others like Olivier Martelly, the son of former President  Michel Martelly who undoubtedly was involved in the misappropriation of the PetroCaribe fund were not mentioned. The former chief of staff of President Martelly, Valerie Milfort, whose husband’s company received over 10 million dollars from the PetroCaribe fund for work he had not performed was not included in the Beauplan report. 

 

So, the question we have for senator Beauplan is this:  what kind of investigation did you intend to conduct? And for what purpose? It appears to us and other thinking people, that this report was designed to confuse the issues, to absolve the guilty parties, make new unfounded accusations against the innocent, while seeking to focus the public attention on the people that could and would undoubtedly represent a political threat to Senator Beauplan’s political plan.

 

Omegaworldnews wants our readers to understand that even if politicians are found not to be involved in the PetroCaribe misappropriation, they may be involved in other schemes to defraud the Haitian people using their power and position.

 

Omega Staff Writers

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