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Jean-Charles Moïse denounces plan to privatize OAVCT

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The leader of the Pitit Dessalines political party, Jean Charles Moïse says he has uncovered a plan between President Jovenel Moïse and a wealthy Haitian businessman to privatize Haiti’s public vehicle insurance administration, OAVCT, with private sector businesses.

The former Senator of the North says 350 technical staff at OAVCT were fired by a newly established commission in the department that is assigned to restructuring the administration, its functioning and services.

“There were about 2 to 3 hundred people who were present to welcome me at OAVCT. The commission of Jovenel Moïse has revoked them all, even those who came to welcome me at the gates,” condemned Jean-Charles Moïse, speaking at a press conference, given Friday in Port-au-Prince.

The former presidential candidate of the 2016 elections called on “all the forces of the nation to unite their forces in order to hinder the agenda of Jovenel Moïse,” whom he presented as a vassal of the bourgeoisie.

The Oavct employees’ union denounced the unpaid lay-off of more than 350 employees of this institution. According to union spokesman, Jean Roody Saint-Juste, the lay-off is a mock revocation.

The government of Jack Guy Lafontant replaced at the end of June 2017 the OAVCT General Director, Elie Blaise, with a technical commission of restructuring, following actions which “demanded his departure for mismanagement” according to the Prime Ministry.

Protests, that have paralyzed the function of OAVCT, have ensued and been ongoing for several weeks, since the end of May 2017 andd throughout the national territory.

The paralysis of activities at the government insurance offices have prevented taxpayers from renewing their insurance policy.

Despite this strike, several drivers were punished, by traffic officers, for absence or expiry of this document.

The technical restructuring commission, whose objective is to work on the development of an emergency plan, has a six-month deadline (until the end of December 2017) to carry out its mission.

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Post source : AlterPresse

About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.