#PetroCaribeChallenge: When thousands of Haitians take Twitter by storm to denounce corruption in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, August 20, 2018 Under: Corruptions

Where is the Petro Caribe money? That is the question thousands of Haitians on social media have been collectively asking since this weekend, under the #petrocaribechallenge hashtag.

Some six weeks after violent protest erupted in Haiti over the decision of the government to end fuel subsidies, causing fuel prices to skyrocket by 38-51% Haitians are already organizing a massive protest, this time on social media to hold public figures responsible for the spending of the so called Petrocaribe funds.

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The administration of Haitian President Jovenel Moise has been rocked by the scandal of corruption in funds management of PetroCaribe; a loan program launched by late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, in 2016, that benefits many Latin American and Caribbean countries. Funds from the savings of oil brought from Venezuela under the preferential terms of Petrocaribe amounted to more than $3 billion in the period of 2010- 2016,  after a year long analysis, the Haitian Senate’s Ethic commission found that most of that money had been “ “wasted mismanaged, embezzled” in what the report concluded was “essentially a large scale state fraud.”   

Most of those pinned in the now infamous PetroCaribe Corruption report are mostly former officials during the 2010-2015 Michel Martelly Presidency, including two former Primer Ministers: Jean Max Bellerive and Laurent Lamothe. As well as then Minister of Finance, Wilson Laleau, President  Jovenel Moise's brother in law whom now serves as his Chief of staff. Jovenel Moise was handpicked by Martelly as his successor.

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Like all viral post on social media, it all began with one tweet from @klibmapou:

“I am challenging all consequent Haitians

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Within hours #petrocaribechallenge started trending on twitter and soon took a life of its own, where not just officials where called out, but well known and influential artists of all kinds who publicly supported the government and allegedly benefited from the PetroCaribe money were denounced, and openly challenged to take part of the bandwagon denouncing corruption. Refusing meant admission of guilt.

Government officials are still nowhere to be found on Facebook, Twitter nor Instagram, platforms they usually use daily to make all sort of announcements. President Jovenel Moise sent one tweet Sunday evening regarding the asphalting of road and he was immediately trolled.

But soon, the President might have no choice as it seems this "movement" will spill over into the streets.

Could this truly be it? The last drop that overflows the vase of corruption in Haiti?

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