PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – “Politics has hurt our institution. Under my leadership, I want a neutral police force, far from politics and professional…” these were the words of Michel-Ange Gédéon when he accepted to replace Godson Orélus the former Director General of the Haitian National Police under the Martelly regime. On Monday, as PNH Director General a.i., Gédéon submitted his qualifying documents in the Senate for consideration and confirmation.
Gédéon submitted 14 of the 16 requested documents to the Senate Justice and Public Safety Committee being led by Jean Renel Senatus (LIDE/Ouest). According to Senatus, the two outstanding documents were not required because they were concerning candidates who had been in the control of government funds and Gédéon had not. The senator said that his commission would review the documents for veracity and would report to the Grand Body, in about a week, its findings for a vote.
While at the Senate, Commander Gédéon said he was confident that he would obtain confirmation to become the director general of the PNH. He asked that committee members work rapidly towards his confirmation, saying the institution needed a legitimate leader to guide it for the coming three years. He believes the acts of insecurity will continue to increase as long as the police institution is in a state of limbo. Gédéon also asked for the support of the population and police officers to continue to work to fight against outlaws in the nation.
Gédéon was installed as Director General of the Haitian National Police in March 2016, immediately following the ratification of Enex Jean-Charles as Prime Minister of the provisional presidency of Jocelerme Privert.
Gédéon’s predecessor, Godson Orélus, was embattled under accusations of politicizing the police force during his 3 years and 8 months as police chief under the Michel Martelly administration. During this time, dozens were arrested, imprisoned and declared political prisoners by human rights groups. Orélus also led the police in excessively violent crack downs on peaceful demonstrations against the regime.