By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, February 2, 2023 – One member of the House of Assembly says it is time for the country to cut ties with Haiti and is calling on the National Security Council to save the TCI. The call came from PNP-appointed member Jameka Williams in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, January 25th.
Despite acknowledging the long and often profitable relationship between the two countries and the TCI’s need for unskilled labour from the Caribbean nation as well as the extreme hardships that have beset the country in recent decades Williams said, “the Turks Caicos Islands is too small of a nation to concern itself with the hardships of Haiti.”
Williams maintained that illegal migration had soured the relationship. Describing it as a growing concern she barrelled on: “Mr. Speaker, it is no secret that we have an illegal immigration problem. In recent years there are too many people, particularly on the island of Providenciales that do not look like me. We can barely recognize anyone anymore— it’s too much of them and not enough of us,” she said.
“They have dominated our workforce, our schools and our social programs geared at protecting and empowering our people.” she said, describing herself as ‘fearful’. “Should this illegal migrant issue continue to be left unchecked, in about 5 years we will have a TCI we all do not recognize; and so to this end, I think it is time for us to discontinue our relationships with Haiti until there is some level of normalcy in Haiti with its government and the island on a whole.”
Williams said that illegal migration was not unique to Haitians, and migrants from all over the world are ‘flying under the radar and milking the country of all its benefits’.
“They are in the Caucasian and Asian communities, involved in the sale of our real estate, dominating the water sports industry and Villa markets, doing the catering and property management and they are grossly offensive and disrespectful to our people. Who are we building this country for?” She demanded only days after an offensive email with disparaging comments about the country reportedly from an ex-pat surfaced on Facebook.
Williams’s speech also came despite the fact that major institutions including hotels across the islands, Fortis TCI, the TCI Hospitals, The Ministry of Education, The Turks and Caicos Airports Authority, The Police, The Immigration and Customs Departments and many more have admitted that they are woefully short on labour of all kinds, unskilled or otherwise. This has left the country short on basic services including the police records needed for work permits exacerbating the issue even more.
The government in a last-ditch attempt to fatten up the population with people who are at least of TCI heritage and slow down the number of migrants from other countries who are becoming naturalised announced that it would allow third-generation TCI citizens to claim citizenship in the country under a new Immigration Bill.
The HOA member maintained she was not being ‘racist or discriminatory’ but simply representing the TCI people and maintained that while the government was working to protect its borders, the members of the National security board headed by PNP Party Leader Washington Misick and Governor Nigel Dakin should ‘urgently intervene and help save the country for the beautiful people of the TCI.’
Trinidad Makes Big Energy Commitment
#TrinidadandTobago#Energy, February 20th, 2024 – To diversify its energy mix as well as its economy, Trinidad and Tobago is putting focus on energy transition for development, working on a solar project which will potentially change energy production for the nation.
This was announced by Prime Minister Keith Rowley at the opening of the Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo 2024 in Guyana on February 19th.
Expressing that energy is the center of economic development, Rowley highlights why this development is significant. He says in order to transform the energy system to cater to the growing demand for energy while decreasing global emissions, a broad mix of energy is needed.
He further mentions that this is what’s required of producer economies like Trinidad and Tobago for development.
Irish Humanitarian Organization in Haiti – Address Hunger Crisis and More
#Haiti#Crisis#ConcernWorldwide, February 2oth, 2024 – Seeing that Haiti’s humanitarian crisis worsens day by day with too many Haitians, hundreds of thousands, edging the line to severe deprivation of food, Ireland’s largest aid and humanitarian agency Concern Worldwide is addressing major food insecurity.
The organization in a release said “ “We are providing food assistance, via electronic vouchers to help families purchase food from local vendors so that they can feed their families and prevent malnutrition in children as the situation worsens.”
They are also working to provide Haitians with clean water and sanitation as the waterborne disease Cholera continues to threaten lives, killing more than 1,150 people in 2023.
And, they provide referrals for cases of sexual and gender based violence in Port au Prince.
Concern is supported by funding from USAID, receiving €2.1 million (euros) to help over 30 thousand people in the hunger crisis as well as €1 million (euros) yearly from the Irish Government for its work in Haiti.
Why the Haitian President’s Wife – Martine Moïse – was charged with his 2021 Assassination
#Haiti, February 21, 2024 – Martine Moïse, the widow of Haiti’s assassinated President Jovenel Moïse, is being charged for involvement in his July 2021 murder, according to recent reports on Monday February 19th, 2024.
In his report, Haitian Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire reveals there were questionable actions related to Martine Moïse as well as statements that simply didn’t add up.
For instance, Voltaire states that she mentions hiding under the marital bed for safety during the attack on her husband, but authorities expressed that this claim is illogical, saying that a giant rat measuring “between 35 and 45 centimeters,” could not fit under the bed.
This is due to the fact that the gap between the bed and the floor was 14 to 18 inches, according to the indictment.
Considering these revelations, Voltaire states that her claims were “so tainted with contradictions that they leave something to be desired and discredit her.”
There are other suspicious actions by Mrs. Moïse, reported by the Judge, as revealed by Lyonel Valbrun, former Secretary General of the National Palace.
Voltiare’s report says Valbrun claimed there was pressure from the late President’s wife to make available to Claude Joseph, former Prime Minister, office space for the organization of a Council of Ministers. Additionally, Valbrun reported that Martine Moïse dedicated hours to remove objects from the Palace during the days leading up to her husband’s murder.
The accusations against Mrs. Moïse, reports say, are also based on information from Joseph Badio, former official in Haiti’s Justice Ministry, who is accused of being involved in planning the Haitian president’s 2021 assassination.
According to the indictment, linked in Voltaire’s 122 page report highlights Badio “outing” Mrs. Moïse for plotting with others, Joseph included, to kill her husband to gain power.
Joining Joseph and Moïse with charges is Léon Charles, ex-chief of Haiti’s National Police, carrying the worst of the charges including, murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of weapons, conspiracy against the state’s internal security, and involvement in criminal associations.
Haitian-American pastor Christian Emmanuel Sanon, former DEA informant Joseph Vincent, presidential security chief Dimitri Hérard, former senator John Joël Joseph, and judge Windelle Coq, are also among the accused, some already sentenced and some handed over to the US to face Federal charges.
Media reports have exposed that after a two and a half year investigation, there are still unanswered questions. And, despite going into details about the assassination, it fails to reveal the motive behind it and how it was financed.
A separate case on Moise’s killing is being tried in Miami.
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