Because I had made and presented the case against Manigat on a generational front, some had accused me of discriminating against her on the basis of her age. Well, the generational front is not the only one I am going to fight her on. She has a leadership problem.

As I said many times, Haiti is at a juncture where intellectualism alone is not going to reverse things around for her. She is in desperate need of a leader with iron spine and fist to lead the surgical intervention she needs to keep her alive.

I had made the leadership argument many times in the past but never really taken the time to explain what leadership really entails. This time I am going to do my best to hit it right in the head.

Leadership is the ability to motivate people to do things they would not otherwise want to do. It takes leadership to get people to believe in a better tomorrow. It takes leadership to get people to change, especially when they are so accustomed to doing the same things over and over.

The job of any leader, if I may, is to prepare your people for the challenges ahead. So in terms of leadership attributes Manigat does not have any. She is the symbol of leadership failure.

From 1986 to present, as leaders of RDNP, Lesly and Mirlande Manigat, failed to prepare a new generation of RDNPists for the challenges of tomorrow. So she is a failure as evidenced by the fact that after 25 years being active inside the party, not one young person is prepared and ready to lead.

Barack Obama is today the president of the United States mainly because the Democratic Party in Illinois had prepared and given him a chance to surface. In fact, they had brought him from the Illionois state senate to the national stage in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention held in Boston to give the keynote address, which had put and kept the spotlight on him. Today, 7 years later, he, not Bill Clinton, is the leader of the national Democratic Party.

In the Obama era, you have now an array of new, fresh and young Democrats such as Rahm Emanuel and Herald Ford, surfacing. In fact, these two guys had served in Congress and been in many leadership positions.

So that is what a political party is for –to prepare leaders to emerge and lead. The fact that Mirlande Manigat at 71 years old is still the leader of RDNP shows that she and her husband have failed to prepare a new generation of RDNPists for the challenges of tomorrow. Why they did not prepare a new generation of leaders to lead the party to victory is beyond my pay grade. However, one thing I can tell you is that it does tell a lot about them.

They, Mirlande Manigat and her husband, are two selfish individuals who initially brought this political party to life to serve their selfish and short-sided political interests, not those of the Haitian people. If Mirlande Manigat, as the leader of the party, could fail in her mission to prepare the party for tomorrow, chances are, if becomes president, she will fail the future of the nation, the Haitian youths, just as bad. Therefore, she does not have the leadership attributes Haiti needs at this juncture in her existence as a nation. She is a danger to the survivability of the Haitian nation. As a young Haitian, I love my country too much to let that happen. That is why I vow to do whatever in my human power to stop her from getting elected.


  1. This is great analysis. I appreciate your courage. In Haiti we assimilate intellectualism to leadership. There are two different things. One can be a very great leader but yet limited academically. In Haiti, many think that “pale franse” can do everything. This one of the reasons that we are in this situation. I do not want to disparage intellectualism. But it is not enough to lead a country. Haiti needs real leaders. The debate should be about who has the leadership capacity to be president.

  2. Your article prove that you don’t know anything about Lesly and Mirlande Manigat. Let me remind, when Lesly was in power in 1987-1988, his government was the best government that Haiti has ever known.

    If Mirlande doesn’t have the leardership attributes that Haiti needs, who does? Sweet Micky..don’t be rediculous!

    Read this article from “Le Nouvelliste” : and tell if you believe Sweet Micky has the leadership to govern Haiti.

    He said he will accept to continue the electoral process if the Government agrees to replace some ministers, especially Minister of Justice, the Minister of Social Affairs and the Minister of Interior and Local Authorities with less questionable personalities. Guess what? They are still in power and Martelly started already his campagn. He ignores that only the parliament can fire and replace a minister.

  3. I agree.
    But my question is what has Mr. Martelly done to help rescue and develop his country with all this wealth and influence that he has in the entertainment business worldwide?

    Tell the the truth Emann. I bet you have some good criteria for a true transformational leader in Haiti…

    Haiti is in such a bad shape we cannot afford to choose the lesser of two evils. We need the right leader right now.

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