PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Corruption in a program created to provide back-to-school kits for students from impoverished families has led to the resignation of the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST), Roosevelt Bellevue. But because the Jovenel Moise and Jack Guy Lafontant administration had only undertaken a three-day investigation of the allegations which spanned many ministries and personalities, it is appearing to many observers that Mr. Bellevue, has only been made a hasteful scapegoat.
Prime Minister Lafontant now sits as the interim head of the MAST according to a presidential decree published Tuesday in Le Moniteur. Neither he nor members of the National Palace press office have been able to give details regarding the corruption in the school kit program and ministry.
Many characters within the administration have been implicated in this scandal but none other than Mr. Bellevue have been made accountable. Furthermore, asked about the degree of involvement of the now former minister of social affairs in the matter, Tamara Orion, one of the spokespersons of the National Palace merely said that members of the government must be above any suspicion, much more founding to suspicions that the MAST minister would be a scapegoat.
Bellevue was alleged to have doubled the price of a kit valued at about 17 dollars. He vehemently denied the allegations in an on air interview a day before on Monday. Administration officials have not commented about evidence. The have also avoided questions calling for clarification on other suspicions haunting other members of government.