PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Parents and guardians of school children say they were duped into attending a campaign rally for the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK) candidate for president, Jovenel Moise.
Le Nouvelliste reports that an announcement was made across several districts in and around Carrefour that a parents’ meeting would be held at 11 am. They were told that registrations for the Ti Manman Cheri would take place as well.
Ti Manman Cheri is a social assistance program established by former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe that ended with his resignation in 2014.
The involvement of school directors and government programs, or at least, the semblance of it, continues to reaffirm allegations against PHTK and ally parties that state resources are being used in their political campaign.
Le Nouvelliste reports one parent saying “we came to the school to the parents’ meeting, the director put us in a single file line for the distribution of bracelets. After that, we were taken to the sports center,” where the campaign rally was being held.
A mother in her forties told the daily, “they told the children on Thursday that their parents had to attend a meeting Sunday morning at 11 am and, once in school, they were going to be registered for Ti Manman Cheri.” This woman said she believed this was the purpose of the bracelets at the time.
Parents and guardians of the school children came from many other communes for the purpose, including Delmas, Leogane, Cite Soleil and other regions. They were taken by bus from the schools to the Carrefour sports center at about 1 pm.
“I have eight children to feed. I left my house at 11am this morning and here it is five hours. No one has come to speak to us,” commented a woman in a desolate tone.