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Haiti - Politics : Constructive proposals by Odette Roy Fombrun
09/04/2017 09:33:35

Haiti - Politics : Constructive proposals by Odette Roy Fombrun
Author of numerous instructional books, of a collection on civism and several novels, sacred "Living National Treasure" in 2009, Odette Roy Fombrun, former Haitian teacher and well-known and respected feminist activist, who will celebrate her 100th anniversary on June 13, awaiting major changes in the governance of the country, shares some constructive proposals :

Proposals of Odette Roy Fombrun :

"Dear compatriots,
Prime Minister, Senators and Deputies have each made a deplorable description of the situation of the country: all indicators are bright red. There is no cake to share, but rather a lot of challenges. The urgent task of the government and the legislature is to find ways and means to get the country out of the abyss into which our politicians and nature have plunged it ?

I want to consider the patriotic gesture of the Prime Minister to abandon a peaceful and comfortable situation of physician, of President of Rotary surrounded by friends who respect him to assume the management of an absolutely catastrophic situation at the national level. To succeed in any recovery, it would inevitably require a real revolution in the way the country is governed. Obviously, the incredible comedies, irreverencies, demands and blockades of opponents, senators and deputies irascible we have witnessed in recent months, even in recent years, need to be regulated. But in order to achieve this, great work would have to be undertaken which would inevitably lead to the establishment of a new Constitution. We have had the disastrous experience of constitutional amendments which have only served to amplify the confusion and further blur the cards.

Pending the major changes in the governance of the country, allow me to share with you the following proposals :

1) I invite each mayor, in close collaboration with the CASECS of its commune and the active participation of its deputy, to undertake the Estates General of its commune. The objective is to prepare a precise map of the situation of the commune, to draw up an inventory of the wealth to exploit and the actions to be undertaken in the short and medium term. The results should enable the deputy to be provided with concrete data enabling it to shed light on the work of the legislative chambers and to provide the Government with the necessary information to make better decisions for the orderly advancement of the populations.

2) I propose to the Senators to adopt a new approach which should lead to the dynamism of the departments. The compilation of the results of the communal States General will allow them to bring about a real plan of judicious exploitation of all the wealth of the department. Our Senators must work with deputies to research, evaluate and propose ways and means to exploit the wealth located in their respective departments and to endorse the budgets that will lead to it. There is no need to continue complaining and spreading the misery of the localities.

3) Furthermore, I urge all those who intervene on the air and in public or private forums to stop accusing or complaining, but rather to use their time to give courage and hope to those who suffer. Make constructive proposals that can improve the environment, calm the spirits and help the government overcome the difficulties and to pass this difficult course of extreme misery in all fields.

On the death of President Roosevelt, his successor, President Truman, came to see Mrs. Roosevelt and ask her what he could do for her. With dignity, she replied, "Ask yourself what you can do for the country." This message has marked my life to the point of always being in search of solutions to the problems of the country. So, let me invite each of you, to ask ourselves the question: what can I do to change something in my environment, in my sphere of action ? Stop ceaseless criticism, negative and destructive, and encourage justice to do its duty, to strengthen its structures. With a positive and constructive attitude that respects the common good and the well-being of the majority, the Nation will finally begin to improve.

Let everyone put their little stone in the national construction and we will see our country finally taking the right direction.

Let us help and heaven will help us !"

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