CNN sources question the theory of Colombian mercenaries
The death of President Jovenes Moise has brought the Covid-19 vaccine to Haiti, the only country in Latin America and one of the five in the world that had not yet administered a single dose. Fearing that it would spiral into violence due to the power struggle left by the Moise succession, the US delivered 500,000 doses of Moderna on Wednesday and has promised to send “significant quantities” soon.
The flash aid comes after a visit Sunday by senior State Department officials who met with self-appointed acting president Claude Joseph. The prime minister disputes the head of government until elections are held with Prime Minister Ariel Henry who had appointed the president just 24 hours before, without having had time to be sworn in. Constitutionally the man who should have taken over the government was the Chief Justice René Sylvestre, who had died the week before from Covid. Just one of five additional deaths and 79 new cases confirmed on July 6, as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere does not have the capacity to do diagnostic tests. Among the few confirmed cases is that of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, who was transferred to Cuba for intensive care three weeks ago, because Haiti only has a few hundred hospital beds and lacks oxygen or ventilators.
That was one of the last ads for Moise, savagely murder in his own bedroom last week. Dimitri Herard, head of security at the National Palace, was jailed on Wednesday after being questioned by the inspector general’s office, his lawyer Carl Martin told CNN, but he has not been brought before a judge. The US network has also interviewed a retired Colombian special forces soldier who claims that the 26 Colombian mercenaries accused of Moise’s death had actually been hired to reinforce their security. Matías Gutiérrez knows this because they had also offered him the job.