La Valse des Macaques / The Monkey Waltz par Roger Milceus

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La Valse des Macaques / The Monkey Waltz par Roger Milceus

Post by Isabelle_ » Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:30 pm

La Valse des Macaques / The Monkey Waltz

NOTE: please see English version at the bottom


LA VALSE DES MACAQUES
Leçon pour la Diaspora

La nomination bâclée de deux nouveaux ministres cette semaine montre à quel point l'actuel gouvernement de "technocrates" peine à assumer ses responsabilités. Au-delà des problèmes habituels, nous avons assisté aussi à une démonstration particulièrement transparente de l'incompétence de nos dirigeants et juristes. Je parle du cas de Mme Marie-Claude Bayard, dont la nomination a été annulée pour cause de double nationalité, selon les dépêches et reportages de différents organes de presse (Radio Métropole. Radio Kiskeya, Agence France-Presse, etc.)

La Diaspora haitienne dans son ensemble doit prêter attention à ce qui vient de se passer ca
r le Conseil des Sages vient de lancer un signal clair que notre Diaspora ne sera pas bien accueillie dans le jeu politique, malgré le fait qu'elle constitue l'un des piliers économiques du pays, si ce n'est le pilier le plus stable et le plus engagé. Qu'est-ce qui s'est passé?

Selon les dires de Mme Bayard, il y aurait eu une divergence de point de vue entre le Conseil des Sages et l'Exécutif sur la possibilité d'un Haitien d'origine d'assumer le poste de Ministre. L'Exécutif avait argumenté que c'est tout à fait légal, tandis que le Conseil des Sages a avancé le contraire. En fin de compte, le Conseil des Sages a gagné car M. Fritz Kénol a été nommé à la place de Marie-Claude Bayard. Si l'on ignore le recyclage continu d'anciens officiels au détriment d'un renouveau dynamique et, disons-le, plus jeune de notre administration, il est par contre impossible de passer sous silence l'hypocrisie et la fourberie d'un Conseil des Sages qui n'est même pas capable d'interpréter convenablement
la Constitution haitienne.

Notre Diaspora doit le savoir clairement: la Constitution haitienne est complètement muette sur la nationalité des Ministres. En effet, aucun des articles traitant des attributions des ministres et des secrétaires d'Etat (articles 166 à 172) ne mentionne une restriction quant à leur nationalité. Les seules restrictions pour le pouvoir exécutif sont réservées pour le Président de la République (article 135) et le Premier Ministre (article 157.) Les députés et les sénateurs sont aussi soumis à une restriction au niveau du parlement (articles 91 et 96, respectivement).

La leçon à tirer de ce fiasco est que, s'il y avait des raisons d'écarter Mme Bayard du poste, sa nationalité américaine n'en était certainement pas une, du moins pas une valable et encore moins légale. Si nous faisons abstractions des particularités de son cas, nous pouvons aisément tirer la conclusion que ce Conseil des Sages - lui-même complètement en dehors de la Constitution haitienne et donc illé
gal, pour ainsi dire - annonce déjà les couleurs quant à la chasse aux sorcières contre les "diaspos" qui aimeraient servir leur pays d'origine, tout en respectantle cadre constitutionnel. Il n'y a aucune raison de ne pas avoir un ministre haitiano-américain, haitiano-canadien, ou haitian-je-sais-quoi tout autant que la Constitution de 1987 sera en vigueur. Mais la classe politique haitienne le voudra-t-elle?

Roger Miléus
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

La Constitution de 1987:
http://www.haiti.org/francais/tablemat.htm

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THE MONKEY WALTZ
Lesson for the Haitian Diaspora

The botched nomination this past week of two ministers by Prime Minister Latortue is a fine example of the inability of this transition team to govern the country in an intelligent and efficient fashion. Beyond exposing the weaknesses of the administration, this week's fiasco also highlighted the incompetence and bad faith of our legal experts
and jurists. I am referring here to the case of Mrs. Marie-Claude Bayard, whose nomination was abruptly pulled because of her dual citizenship, according to multiple press reports from Radio Metroploe, Radio Kiskeya, Agence France Presse, etc.

The Haitian Diaspora must pay very close attention to the fate of Mrs. Bayard because the Council of Wise People ("Conseil des Sages") has sent a strong signal that our Diaspora will not be welcome in the political game, despite the fact that it constitutes one of the most solid and stable pillars of the Haitian economy. So what happened exactly?

According to an interview of Mrs. Bayard, the Council of Wise People and the Executive differed on the subject of allowing a foreigner of Haitian origin to become minister. The latter argued that it was constitutional while the former thought otherwise. In the end, the Council of Wise People won as Mr. Fritz Kenol was named to replace Mrs. Bayard. If we ignore the constant recycling of former officials at the expe
nse of a renewal of the administration by dynamic and, lets'face it, younger faces, we cannot possibly remain silent on the hypocrisy of a Council that cannot correctly interpret the Haitian constitution.

The Haitian Diaspora must know that the Haitian Constitution is completely silent on the issue of the nationality of ministers. In articles 166 to 172, which address the profile of ministers and secretaries of state, there is no mention of nationality anywhere. The only positions that are restricted to Haitian citizens who have never renounced their nationality are: President (article 135), Prime Minister (article 157), representative ("député") (article 91), senator (article 96).

The Haitian Diaspora must learn from this fiasco that, if there were valid reasons not to nominate Mrs. Bayard, her nationality was certainly not one. It is extremely ironic that it is the Council of Wise People that opposed her nomination on the grounds that her dual citizenship would make it unconstitutional, when
that very body itself is not recognized by the Constitution and is therefore illegal, to say the very least. The Council has no legal mandate anywhere to assume the powers it currently has, but it fired the first shot across the bow of members of the Diaspora who might want to serve their country of origin within the confines of the Constitution. The message is clear: when it comes to public service, "Dyas" need not apply.

There is absolutely no reason why a Haitian-American (or Haitian-Canadian or Haitian-whatever) could not be appointed minister under the current Constitution. But will the notoriously difficult and devious Haitian political class allow the particpation of the Diaspora in the political game?

Roger Milceus
rl75218@laposte.net
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The Constitution of 1987:
http://www.haiti.org/constitu/constabl.htm
Please note that the only official version of the Constitution is the French version which was published in Le Moniteur. If there are differences
or conflicts between the French version and its translations (English and Kreyol versions, for example), it is the French text that applies.

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Post by admin » Sun Feb 06, 2005 8:18 am

Marilyn, why can't you have a very short memory like the rest of ... ?

[quote]It is extremely ironic that it is the Council of Wise People that opposed her nomination on the grounds that her dual citizenship would make it unconstitutional, when that very body itself is not recognized by the Constitution and is therefore illegal, to say the very least.[/quote]

Could someone tell me who is the most famous appointment made by our Concil of Very Wise People ? ? ?

If they are acting illegally now, weren't they acting illegally then ? ? ?

[quote]The Council has no legal mandate anywhere to assume the powers it currently has[/quote]

Oh yeah? Have they suddenly become inconvenient (and by implication and clear insinuation... expandable) ? ? ?

[quote]but it fired the first shot across the bow of members of the
Diaspora who might want to serve their country of origin within the confines of the Constitution.[/quote]

Which Constitution? The one, cited by George Bush, when he said "The Haitian Constitution is working" as they were "escorting" the elected President of Haiti out of office? That Constitution ? ? ?

But that Constitution cannot possibly be the Constitution of 1987 ! ! ! At least for anyone who knows how to read. It must be a Constitution redacted by George Bush's National Security Advisers, with the blessing of His State Department. Clearly, it must be. We KNOW from the President of the United States that the Constitution is working, and we believe Him because He is in a position to say No Wrong, but the question is WHERE that Constitution resides. If you ask Bush that question, I don't think he will have the foggiest idea. But you might try Condoleeza Rice (uniquely positioned to know the answer) or perhaps Colin Powelll (though I am afraid that he honestly " pa wè l " ). M
y educated guess is that the Haitian Constitution is in Haiti, within the confines of the U.S. Embassy. That's where the guidelines as to what is permissible or not have clearly come from. So, instead of invoking the Constitution of 1987, in such an irrationally selective fashion, why do not our intellectuals simply ask Papa Foley?

[quote]The message is clear: when it comes to public service, "Dyas" need not apply.[/quote]

Adje papa!!! Dyas la deja gen Premye Minis li. Ki sa li bezwen ankò?

Need not apply ? ? ? What about Prime Minister Gérard Latortue? What about ex-Minister of the Interior turned into Foreign Minister? What about ... (shall we go down the list?) Has the Council of Very Wise People have suddenly become the Council of Idiotic People the second they render an idiotic pronouncement that happens not to be in favor with those who led the coup ? ? ?

I am not here to defend ANY decision of our Council of Eminent Fools, but t
he sheer hypocrisy of our new Haitian Constitutionalists is almost too much to bear. They should know more than anyone else that if they feel that they have been wronged, they need to turn to the local arbiter of the New Haitian Constitution: Ambassador James Foley. I am sure that he will lend them a friendly ear, comme d'habitude.

If Foley is not available, take a little trip in Dyas territory, comme d'habitude. Stop by Condi's office. You never know who might unexpectedly show up.

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