PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI –  Amid an undercurrent of continuing popular distrust and discontent leading to daily popular uprisings against the inept, incapable administration of Haiti’s president Jovenel Moise, a former macoute turn Lavalas Senator Edwin Zenny  had just thrown gasoline to an already volatile situation by endorsing the assassination of five Haitian families.


Senator Edwin Zenny, aka Edo Zenny, told Tele Boston Radio, (a Haitian radio station in Boston) during an interview that five Haitian families, including the “Vorbes” and “Rouziers,” must be “exterminated” in order for the country to have a chance at making progress.  Senator Zenny said those families are “sucking the blood” out of the masses, and the only way to get rid of them is to “kill them all.”


The interview was about the current situation in Haiti involving the daily popular uprising against the current government budget. The Haitian government purchases electricity from Haitian merchant families, and as our readers may recall, Omegaworldnews reported extensively on the “Petrocaribe theft” where millions of dollars had been allocated from the PetroCaribe fund to pay Haitian vendors of electricity. The vendors, according to ex-senator Zenny are the “Vorbes,” the “Rouziers” and three other families whom he did not name. He claimed that the businessmen are paying people to orchestrate and participate in popular uprisings because the current budget did not provide funds to pay them.  Edwin Zenny served as a senator representing the southwest part of Haiti (Jacmel) for several years in the early to mid-2000’-2015


This type of hateful speech fueled political violence during the administrations of Jean Bertrand Aristide resulting in scores of innocent people being assassinated because of people like Mr. Zenny who believed that those who espoused different political views are their enemies and must be exterminated. Between 1986 and 2008, thousand  of people were assassinated in Haiti by death squads supported and funded by members of the Lavalas party. Among them were Jean Dominique, a well-known journalist and agronomist and Mireille Bertin a Haitian lawyer.


Political violence would never and could never settle political differences. It is simply repugnant and inhuman to issue death threats against citizens who do not share your political or economic views. What is needed in Haiti is a legal system where no one is above the law no matter their station in life. The Haitian merchant class has been called and deservedly so, the most repugnant group of people any country has ever known, but the way to combat political differences is to engage in more rational discourse supported by respect for democratic principles where everyone is entitled to their opinions.


The “Vorbes,” the “Rouziers,” and for that matter the “Boulos,” and others are businessmen whose primary focus is on making money. They are not there to alleviate the plight of the Haitian people, that is the government’s job. To the extent that the government cannot, will not or simply unable to protect the people against “bloodsuckers” killing the “bloodsuckers” will not change the plight of the Haitian people, they will be other “bloodsuckers” to replace them. However, enforcing the laws against violators would be a good start.


For example, a few years ago, the Boulos who controlled pharmaceutical products in Haiti imported tainted medications that cost the lives of over a thousand Haitian children. Neither of the Boulos brothers was ever prosecuted for their crimes. In fact, if anything they have gotten more prominent in the business and political circles in Haiti. Haiti’s problems are many, and the “bloodsuckers” are not one of them. Every country has its group of “bloodsuckers” the only exception is when businessmen knowingly sell tainted medications that kill children, they go to prison for a very long time. In Haiti, the political class to whom Mr. Zenny belongs embraces the businessmen as long as the price is right.


The Rouzier family is known for investment in several sectors of the Haitian economy. They are involved in construction, electricity, foods, and automobiles. Mr. Rouzier has been one of Haiti’s most prominent businessman. The Vorbes have been a fixture in Haitian politics and business. Though none of the Vorbes has ever run for office, they are intimately familiar with every Haitian head of state. During the Aristide administration, the Vorbes did very well economically, having received many contracts totaling millions of dollars. And over the last forty years, the Boulos  like other Haitian businessmen have allegedly paid bribes to Haitian government officials for contracts as reported by several Haitian media outlets.


The problem of Haiti as we see it is not the “Vorbes” the “Rouzier” or the “Boulos.” It is the endemic corruption that has plagued the country and became the new standard in Haiti. Nothing gets done unless a government official gets paid. The arrest of Dr. Joseph Baptiste by the FBI for corruption confirmed that. Every Haitian president and his acolytes leave the government much richer than they came. For example, Joseph Michel Martelly was unable to pay his mortgage at his Florida home in 2010 but is now worth nearly 400 million dollars; Wilson Laleau, President Jovenel Moise’s current chief of staff and former finance minister under Martelly is reportedly worth 100 million dollars. The corruption is a cancer that is sucking off the blood of the masses.   


Ex-senator Edo Zenny has not been a model citizen either. He has allegedly been involved in drug trafficking (hundreds of kilos of cocaine made their way from Haiti to Miami, New York, and Canada, according to a convicted drug dealer who allegedly worked with the ex-senator) with several others including Kiko St. Remy, the brother of the former Haitian first lady Sophia Martelly. Mr. Zenny is also accused of being the leader of the “KAKO” criminal gang in Jacmel and has sanctioned the murder of several people including political and business enemies according to a recent report.  Perhaps, the ex-senator’s diatribes against the Haitian families may be more about a drug deal gone wrong, then a willingness to advocate on behalf of the masses.

Joel R Deeb



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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