Pay after leaving office, Martelly issues new decree
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Ministers and secretaries of state will receiving 2-2.5 million HTG payments after leaving office according to a new decree, issued outside of the law, by President Michel Martelly.
Haiti is still an extremely impoverished nation with repatriated persons building tent cities along the border with the Dominican Republic and US taxpayers financing its elections.
What amounts to $40,000 – $50,000 for more than two dozen ministers and dozens of secretaries of states is expected to leave the public treasury empty, according to Senator Steven Benoit who alerted the public to the decree that was made on October 8, 2015.
For Benoit, a sitting senator and candidate for president, the Haitian Head of State has been working overtime to liquidate all the resources of the state into his accounts before leaving office in February 2016.
For Professor Sauveur Pierre Etienne, the money is also an attempt to buy the loyalty of persons in his administration who maybe tempted to talk about corruption and other crimes they have witnessed.
The decree comes after the government issued hikes in state taxes and costs for operator licenses and tags. Almost all government issued documents were raised 20 times their costs.
Martelly is at the head of a totalitarian regime, with no institutions existing to provide checks and balances. An agreement that the only decrees issued for the purposes of elections, during this time of totalitarianism, has been violated repeatedly.
Decrees, especially those involving changes in budgets and appropriations, would have been part of a budget which requires legislative approval.
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