Forty-two days after the disastrous earthquake that flatten Port-au-Prince, there are occasional aftershocks that are shaking the grounds miles away. Such daily phenomenon should normally force people to flee for safer grounds and abandon their property. Half a million people have made that move, another half million were annihilated, however, more than two millions are still living in unsanitary encampments that frighten health care professionals who cringe at the potential of all kinds of epidemic.
In the middle of so much distress, rumors are circulating that the almighty still alive senators are preparing another removal. Twice during Rene Preval’s presidency the senators have dismissed two prime ministers and imposed a third one. Now, in the middle of this chaotic situation, they seemed to want, not only new ministers, but a new president. If this is true, on what basis? What is the senators’ agenda? Did they consult the international community, which is paying for their fat salaries, their cars, chauffeurs and gasoline?
Besides the disastrous conditions in the West department, what new possibilities they envisioned for the other departments? Instead of conspiring the fall of the president, why are they not in the main cities of their departments planning how they can help alleviate the West department’s burden and even consider how to take advantage of the sinister situation with new socio-economic developments in their respective departments. As a matter of fact that would be as much a productive initiative as a prudent decision, because in case of infectious epidemics they will be secluded in the West department.
A democratic country is settled on three independent government powers indeed. However, they constitute the essential components of one nation. This is the concept expressed in the Preamble of 1987 Constitution that said: “Ensure the separation and the harmonious distribution of the powers of the State at the service of the fundamental interests and priorities of the Nation”. It is time for responsible citizens to overcome their natural emotions and consider immediate actions to be initiated outside of the current dangerous zone and voice some practical initiatives on which to elaborate durable solutions.
Haiti’s better future cannot be settled on traditional deleterious politics. Learning from numerous mistakes of the past and some good initiatives too often ignored or even destroyed because of politics, all Haitians who dream of a more stable and prosperous country must contribute their positive thoughts, and whenever possible their professional competency to the national construction. This is the positive thing people at all time have done for their own survival and that of the generations to come. Once more: Haiti’s greater future is not political, but socio-economic.
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