© Reuters. FILE PICTURE: People passing by a wall with a picture of Haitian President Jovenel Moise being shot dead by unknown assailants at their home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 7, 2021. REUTERS / Robenson Sanon
Author Andre Paultre and Sarah Marsh
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – The widow of the assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moise on Saturday accused dark enemies of killing her to end democracy, fighting for their rights in the Caribbean.
Moise was shot dead Wednesday morning at his home in Port-au-Prince by what Haitian authorities say is a group of 26-year-old trained assassins in Colombia and two in Haiti in the United States.
Suspicion has grown, however, over the issue, with the families of two Colombian people reportedly being hired as security guards.
Martine Moise, who was injured in the attack on the governor’s residence and went to Florida for medical treatment, said her husband had abused her for political reasons.
“You know who the President is fighting for,” he said in a Twitter post, not naming anyone.
“He sent troops to assassinate the president and his relatives because of roads, water, electricity and the referendum and by-elections at the end of the year so that there would be no change in the country.”
The late president spoke of the darkness that has been playing out after years of conflict under his rule – opposition politicians and oligarchs were outraged at what he said was an attempt to clean up government and political alliances – and called for a referendum to change Haitian law.
The referendum, scheduled for September 26, together with presidential and legislative elections, could overturn the Prime Minister’s decision, reshuffle the legislature and endorse the presidency. Critics have claimed power.
Moise’s assassination obscured plans and unrest in Haiti, with the government calling for US and UN troops.
The United States says it has no plans to provide Haiti with military assistance here https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombian-suspects-haiti-presidents-killing-arrived-via-dominican-republic-2021- 07-09, when requested to the United Nations may require the approval of the Security Council.
POWER OF POWER
Late Friday, Mr Moise, who was elected Prime Minister before he was assassinated, seized control of Haiti, accusing him of plotting against Claude Joseph, whose government has so far responded to the killings.
Ariel Henry, a psychologist whom Moise named Prime Minister on Monday, told Reuters on Friday that he was now the highest authority in Haiti, not just the longtime Prime Minister, Joseph, but that he was forming a government.
“After the assassination of the president, I became a high-ranking, law-abiding and permanent president because there was a law that elected me,” he said.
Mr Henry said his government would form a new electoral council that would set new dates for elections to be held “as soon as possible.”
But Henry has not been sworn in, and Joseph, who was appointed prime minister in April, will not be present.
The power struggle has sparked controversy over who is the rightful leader of the 11 million people in the country.
Elections Minister Mathias Pierre said Prime Minister Joseph would remain in office until September 26.
Meanwhile, the Haitian Senate, which currently has three of the 30 filmmakers, has chosen their title https://www.reuters.com/article/us-haiti-president-senate/haitis-senate-says-its-head- is due instead of President-idUSKCN2EG00K, Joseph Lambert, on Friday to become the long-term President, a document released by Reuters.
Haitian Constitution of 1987 states that the head of the Supreme Court should be the interim President. But inconsistent changes claim to be the Prime Minister, or, last year of a Presidential decree – as was the case with Moise – for parliament to elect a President.
To add insult to injury, the head of the Supreme Court died last month after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in a few countries that have not yet received the vaccine.
There is no parliament where the parliamentary elections held in late 2019 were reversed amid political turmoil.
Haitian officials did not give reasons for the killings or explain how the assassins crossed the border into Moise.
None of Moise’s bodyguards were injured in the attack, and the election minister, Pierre, told Reuters.
In a power struggle in 2017, Moise’s executives faced numerous protests, first on false allegations and its financial history, and later as a result of violent and uncontrolled use of force amid gang violence.
Seventeen men are believed to have been shot dead by Haitian authorities in a mountainous area of Port-au-Prince, while three were killed while eight were still in custody, police said.
Steven Benoit, a former filmmaker, told local radio station Magik9 on Saturday, “The president was killed by security guards, not by Colombians. The latter were hired by Haiti.”
Benoit was not available Saturday for comment.
The sister of 40-year-old Duberney Capador, a Colombian who was killed in a Haiti police fire, told Reuters in a video https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombian-ex-soldier-killed-haiti-was-hired – bodyguard-sister-says-2021-07-10 sings Saturday that a retired soldier has been assigned the task of protecting celebrities.
Jenny Carolina Capador said her brother sent her a message on the day of Moise’s death, saying, “We came here too late; unfortunately the person we are protecting … we can’t do anything.”
According to Colombian journalists from shopping malls such as Semana and El Tiempo, the suspects in Colombia have been recruited as security guards for Haitian politicians, including Moise.
Semana referred to interviews with former soldiers and relatives of one of the men. El Tiempo said some of the men were hired to provide security for “several dignitaries” in Haiti for a three-month probationary period.
Reuters could not confirm the reports. Colombian police declined to say on Saturday who hired the men, saying the matter was still pending. Officials said the soldiers were hired by four companies, without naming them.
Colombian authorities agree that troops are being sent off to work in other countries after they retire from military service. Colombia has asked for more information from Haiti on suspicion of involvement in the military.
Colombian investigators went to Port-au-Prince on Friday to assist Haitian authorities in the search for the killings, said a Colombian police chief.