PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Information that lawmakers, political parties and candidates would be using Hurricane Matthew relief to their advantage is becoming an issue. The National Palace sent out a message to government officials to denounce information it received that “hoarding or diversion of humanitarian aid” was taking place to the “detriment of hurricane victims”.
The note was signed by the Secretary General of the Presidency and follows:
The Presidency of the Republic presents its patriotic greetings to the people, and draws particular attention of the authorities responsible for post-disaster response related to the passage of Hurricane Matthew, as persistent and disturbing information it receives about the distribution of disaster assistance. While all the affected areas still are not even completely reached, it seems that some distributions are being made on a political or partisan basis.
The Presidency strongly condemns any hoarding or diversion of humanitarian aid to the detriment of the victims and those most in need. According to rigorous procedures, the Presidency reminded Delegates, Vice Delegates, local elected officials and the Civil Protection and the entire Public Administration, the obligation to leave them with equitable for the plight of real victims of Hurricane Matthew.
The Presidency reiterates its congratulations to all those and all those who, at national, regional or local level, have mobilized to respond to the emergency, but stresses the transparent management of scarce state resources and contributions of our national partners and international.
In agreement with the Prime Minister, instructions have been passed to the Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Communities so that investigations are conducted for all cases that are the subject of accusations and the corresponding measures to be taken against offenders.
The Presidency also want to ensure, once again, the public and the authorities concerned of its perfect solidarity in these difficult times.
Anthony Barbier, Secretary General