PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Former Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe, from the grounds of the L. G. Lamothe Foundation on Friday, held a press conference that surrounded his financial management as Head of the Haitian Government.
“I want to re-establish the truth and the facts,” a reporter from Vant Bef Info, on the scene, had constituted. The presser ran for more than an hour where the he pointed out that “my management has been audited more than 5 times and I am the only prime minister to have been so.”
With journalists gathered in a crowd to hear one of the more interesting personalities of Haitian and global politics, a quiet Mr. Lamothe defended his tenure with the reinforcement of numbers and supporting documents. The former prime minister and dozens of former ministers of the government have been denied clearances (certificat decharges) that come only at the purview of the politicians in Parliament.
The press conference followed a hearing by the Special Committee of the Senate of the Republic in charge of the follow-up of the investigation into the PetroCaribe fund, a day prior. The former prime minister provided journalists with his take on the hearings and described it as a welcoming democratic exercise.
The former prime minister, Laurent Salvador Lamothe, has continued to reject allegations that there were backdated contracts under his governance. These 4 contracts would be for the construction of Lycée Toussaint Louverture and Alexandre Pétion as well as the wharf of Jérémie and the public market of Fontamara.
According to a more than 100-page document distributed to journalists at the press conference, the contracts were signed between November and December 2012, the resolutions voted in the Council of Ministers in December 2012, the first disbursements took place in April 2013 and construction of the site visits took place in December 2013 with the local press.
Mr. Lamothe said that 185 projects totaling more than US $ 668 million voted in five Cabinet resolutions were all approved by the Supreme Court accounts. The projects which concerned the period of the emergency law were also carried out according to the law voted by the parliament of the time, he confirmed.