OPINION: Why Lavalas Lost The Election To Jovenel Moise?

In the US Army, where I served for six years, there is this psychological exercise called After Action Review (AAR) we do after every event, training session, etc. to improve our performance in the future. During such exercise, together as a group, we answer questions such as: what was supposed to happen? What actually happened? What went right? What went wrong? What we need to improve on to better our performance next time?

In light of this exercise, we are going to try to tackle this pertinent question: Why Lavalas lost the election to Jovenel Moise?

That’s a very important question, one anyone with a sound mind would expect to dominate the conversations in all Lavalas circles at this juncture in the game. Unfortunately, such is not the case. Instead, they are hopping on the radio one after the other wasting their times in propagating falsehoods about the winning candidate in an attempt to delegitimize him. When it is not that, they are in the streets yelling at the top of their lungs, breaking stuff, burning tires, engaging in all sorts of terrorist activities only to disturb the peace as usual and further worsen the political instability in the country.

Lavalas lost because:

1. They did not have a consolidated base –the divisions and bickerings inside the movement have caused the base to be fragmented at its own demise. As a result, such reality has weakened all the groupuscules with Lavalas tendencies [Lapeh, Pitit Desalin, Fanmi Lavalas, Renmen Ayiti, etc]. Meanwhile, if they had come together to nominate one candidate as the alternative to Jovenel, I am not sure if that would have been enough to win them the election, but they could have given him a good run for his money.

2. They did not have a revolutionary and inspiring message that could resonate with the majority of the voters, especially the young voters. Holding the Martelly administration responsible for everything not working in the country [after only 5 years] is one thing, but proposing how to make things better is another. It was really hard for them to make the case against Martelly, let along against Jovenel –after they had spent 20 years in power and failed to deliver for the country. So the people looked at it like this: if you were in power for that long and failed to make good on your promises, why should we put you in charge again? In a sense, they were viewed as the main sector responsible for the dire reality they wanted to be hired to fix. So they were in a very tough spot.

3. Not only did they not have such revolutionary and inspiring message, they did not have an inspiring leader the youths could relate to –the leadership was composed of a bunch of old farts, the traditional chameleon or “abolotcho” politicians, whom the people have rejected long ago for their politics of obsolescence, mediocrity, terror, treachery and deceitfulness.

4. They represented the past to a young electorate, a social media electorate, which rendered them totally out of touch. While Jovenel was effectively using the latest technologies –Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Periscope, etc… — to reach out to the young people and get his inspiring message out to them, these Lavalas sore losers were using the same old and outdated campaign tactics and practices they were using during the 1990 presidential election, which had witnessed the rise of Aristide from priesthood to statehood.

5. Last but not least, they had shown their incapacity to effectively staff and run a successful political campaign. They relied mostly on their amateurism politics and so-called education to outperform Jovenel, who staffed his campaign with folks with years of experience in campaign organization and operation.

In conclusion, the election was not stolen from the Lavalas sore losers. The allegation of massive fraud they were pushing could not sustain –due to lack of convincing evidence –before the electoral judges, in the electoral tribunal. That was a political play with the intent to boycott and torpedo the election. This time around, it did not work as they had hoped –they were hoping to see a repeat of 2015, when they had used terror to impose their collective will on the majority.

The Lavalas lost fair and square to Jovenel, who run a very effective, aggressive, revolutionary and state-of-the-art campaign. If anything, if they are really smart, they need to spend ample time studying his campaign so they could emulate every aspect of it in future elections. If they don’t do that, they can forget about winning presidential elections for a long time.

Nou Pou KONSÈTASYON, Pa NEGOSYASYON

Nou tonbe sou nòt an Fransè sa a ke Onorab Depite Gary Bodeau (Boukliye-Dèlma) mete deyò maten an pou l ka fè konnen ki pozisyon li fas a konjonkti politik, pòs-elektoral la nan peyi a. Men sa li di nan nòt la:

Opinions…

Quel avenir les politiciens haïtiens se réservent-ils dans ce pays? Veulent-ils vraiment continuer à participer à la vie politique?

Après 155 millions de dollars américains dépensés pour deux (2) élections présidentielles dont les résultats restent inchangés, il est venu le temps de reconnaitre la victoire du candidat élu dès le Premier tour.

L’ équipe au pouvoir ne peut se permettre le luxe de ne pas PASSER le pouvoir au président élu le 7 février 2017. Le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle. Les tours de passe-passe au CTV, ne pourront en aucun cas ni altérer ni invalider le vote populaire.

L’heure n’est plus à la CONTESTATION. De vraies NÉGOCIATIONS sur les politiques publiques et la formation d’un gouvernement INCLUSIF visant l’amélioration des conditions de vie du peuple doivent débuter sans délai.

Les haitiens et les haïtiennes méritent des jours de paix et de bonheur. Ensemble, nous pouvons réécrire l’histoire et offrir des opportunités à la jeunesse.

Gary Bodeau

Député du peuple

50ème législature

Tout sa depite a di yo se sa. Men nou pa dakò avèk li lè l ap pale de NEGOSYASYON ant move pèdan yo [chèf teworis Lavalas yo –Jude Celestin, Moise Jean-Charles ak Maryse Narcisse –ki mete gwoup teworis parèy yo nan lari a pou ap teworize popilasyon an] ak Prezidan Jovenel pou monte yon pouvwa ENKLIZIF.

Nou pa gen pwoblèm ak kreyasyon pouvwa enklizif la non. Nou gen pwoblèm ak pawòl negosyasyon avèk move pèdan yo. Nou

Nou menm, nou pou KONSÈTASYON, pa NEGOSYASYON. Gen yon gwo tonton diferans nan 2 mo sa yo. Konsètasyon vle di kowoperasyon, tèt kole pou n travay; negosyason vle di ban m sa a, m ap bay ou sa a. Se lè yon moun pran pouvwa a mal, li pa gen lejitimite popilè, li negosye pouvwa. Lè se pèp ki bay ou pouvwa, ou konsète avèk opozisyon.

Prezidan Jovenel jwenn manda e lejitimite li a nan men pèp la. Alòs, pa gen okenn politisyen raketè, politisyen move pèdan k ap vin pase l lòd, k ap vin di l se pou l negosye, jan nou te tande anpil politisyen Dubreus, politisyen Jesifra ap pale deyo a. Li pa rete avèk okenn politisyen raketè. Li gen yon sèl bòs sou tèt li, bòs sa a rele pèp la. Nou vle pou mesye sa yo klè sou dosye negosyasyon y ap pale a.

Prezidan Jovenel pa janm di l ap gouvène peyi a sèlman avèk ti gwoup pa li a. Li toujou di nan tout entèvansyon l ap fè an piblik ke administrasyon pa li a ap gen tout moun ladan l –kèlkeswa apatenans politik moun nan. Men se moun ki KONPETAN, ONÈT, KALIFYE k ap ladan l. Se pa yon gouvènman politisyen tradisyonèl panse y ap vin negosye pou yo jwenn ministè pou y al fè gagòt epi gouvènman an vin pyeje, li vin pa ka ateri pou popilasyon an k ap soufri a, ki nan mizè a.

Alòs, nou menm k ap kore Prezidan Jovenel la, nou di KONSÈTASYON WI, NEGOSYASYON NON.

Prezidan Jovenel jwenn manda li nan men pèp la. Pa gen okenn politisyen rat do Kale, raketè, tradisyonèl, abolotcho k ap vin tòdye men l pran li nan men l pou l pa vin regle anyen ki serye –nèg ap vin vòlè epi anyen pa janm chanje nan kondisyon mas defavorize a. Nou pa p kite sa pase. Se sa k fè n ap rete vijilan pou n ap veye yo. Ap gen administrasyon k ap fè fayit wi, men se pa p administrasyon sa a. Fwa sa a, fò k peyi a pran wout devlopman an, fò k mas pèp la jwenn tout bon.

Clarens Renois Pou Premye Minis

clarens-renois

Clarens Renois

Aprè ke eleksyon yo fin byen pase nan peyi a, nan jou ki te Dimanch 20 Novanm nan, daprè jan tandans la ye nan mitan popilasyon an, nou kwè ke Jovenel Moise genyen eleksyon an avèk yon majorite ekrazant. An nou pa menm bezwen pale de dezyèm tou. Avèk yon sèl kout kle a, machin nan pati e li pran direksyon pwogrè ke peyi a t ap tann depi lontan an.

Pou kantite pwoblèm k ap tann Jovenel Moise, n ap mande pou misye pa pèdi tan pou li mete kanpe ekip tranzisyon li a prese prese pou li kòmanse ap bay administrasyon li a fòm li sipoze genyen an. Men etan done ke premyè pozisyon ke l ap bezwen jwenn moun pou li a se pòs premye minis la, n ap mande pou misye fè chwa sa a avèk anpil tèt frèt ak sajès politik; chwa sa a ap defini ki sa misye vle akonpli vre nan 5 lane li pral pase nan tèt peyi a.

Nou bezwen yon premye minis ki konpetan, ki vle travay, ki jèn, ki pataje vizyon Jovenel pou peyi a, e ki ka garanti tout sektè nan peyi a ke li pral travay nan enterè peyi a, pa nan enterè politik pati ki sou pouvwa a.

Nou ta swete Jovenel rele Clarens Renois pou l bay misye pòs Premye Minis la pou l ka mete kanpe yon gouvènman serye ki chita sou konpetans, kalifikasyon ak onètete –san konsiderasyon de nan ki pati moun sa yo ki pral fè pati de gouvènman an ap soti.

Clarens pa premye moun nan lis nou an non. Premye moun nan lis nou an se Daniel Rouzier; dezyèm moun nan se Charles Henri Baker; twazyèm nan se Reginald Boulos. Men nou deja konnen ke anba rasis po nwa sa yo ki nan Paleman an k ap bezwen pou ratifye chwa a, koulè ak klas sosyal mesye sa yo deja poze pwoblèm politik pou yo. Men nou t ap pi alèz pou se ta youn nan yo twa a ki ta PM nan pou konpetans ak eksperyans yo.

Jovenel ap chwazi Clarens kòm yon chwa estratejik –misye plis parèt tolerab e konsilyatwa. Misye vle travay e li ka travay. Nou plis kwè ke misye gen plis chans pou yo ratifye l nan Paleman an ke lòt twa mesye nou te site avan yo. Si misye ta fin pase etap ratifikasyon an nan Paleman an, nan gouvènman l ap gen pou l mete kanpe a, nou ta swete ke li retounen avèk Stephanie Villedrouin kòm minis touris epi Nesmy Manigat kòm minis edikasyon nasyonal. 2 moun sa yo te briye pa konpetans e dinamism yo nan gouvènman PM Lamothe la.

Erè nou pa ta vle pou Jovenel fè, nou pa ta vle li konsantre sou zafè pati politik pou l mete moun nan pouvwa li a. Misye sipoze pran tout moun, kèlkeswa moun nan, nan kèlkeswa pati politik moun nan ye a. Misye ap bezwen mete kanpe yon pwofil ki chita sou kalifikasyon, konpetans ak onètete. Depi moun nan “fit” pwofil la, li gen plas li nan pouvwa a. Pa jere zafè nèg nan ti pati PHTK ak alye. Li ka fè sa nan ekip konseye politik e teknik ke l ap genyen nan palè a avèk li, men pa nan administrasyon zafè Leta a.

Nou vle pou tout Ayisyen frè ak sè nou yo konprann ke politik zingzani an fò k li fini nan peyi a paske li pa p menmen nou okenn kote. Nou bezwen fè yon politik ki eklere, kote nou sispann pèsonalize politik la.

Sou rezo sosyo yo, kòm anpil moun te kapab obsève, nou te youn nan moun ki te mennen yon kanpay fawouch kont Clarens Renois pandan tout kanpay elektoral la paske kandida pa nou an se te Jovenel Moise. Sepandan, gade ki jan jounen jodi a se nou menm k ap mennen kanpay pou li Premye Minis. Se konsa nou dwe fè politik la.

Sa anpil moun pa konprann sè ke kanpay la fini –pa gen kanpay prezidansyèl ankò. Kounyè a se moman pou n pase o travay, pou n gouvène zafè Leta a pou byennèt peyi a; se moman pou n reyini tout moun an fonksyon de talan e konpetans yo pou yo mete yo o sèvis de peyi a.

Batay politik nou t ap mennen kont Clarens la pa gen anyen pèsonèl ladan l. Se konsa jwèt politik la jwe. Barack Obama te mennen yon kanpay gason pa kanpe kont Hillary Clinton an 2008. Lè li fin prezidan, ki sa nou te wè li fè? Li rele Hillary pou li vin travay pou peyi a. Li mete l nan Depatman d Eta a. Hillary pa t fè gwo lestomak pou l ap di li pa nan bagay konsa, Obama genyen eleksyon an se pou l degaje l avèk moun li yo pou li dirije peyi a. Non. Epi tou, sa pa t ap fè okenn sans.

Gen yon grand diferans ant mennen yon kanpay politik ak gouvène yon peyi. Si ou te gen yon diskou sektoryèl ki chita sou divizyon pandan kanpay la, lè ou fin genyen, ou bezwen itilize yon diskou k ap rasanble tout moun paske, antan ke prezidan, ou se prezidan tout moun, menm moun sa yo ki te opozan fawouch ou yo nan kanpay la. Nivo de refleksyon sa a, anpil entèlektyèl Ayisyen pa ko ka dijere l. Yo pran kanpay politik la trè pèsonèl. Yo pa wè l kòm yon jwèt tankou “box” ak karate non, yo wè l kòm yon zafè pèsonèl.

Alòs, n ap fè apèl a sans de sajès politik Jovenel pou misye pran Clarens Renois kòm premye minis li. Si misye ta arive fè sa, li t ap youn nan pi gwo desizyon li ta kapab pran, e li t ap trè byen resevwa nan majorite sektè yo nan peyi a. Nou ta renmen misye tande e li pran ti konsèy sa yo ke nou te pote pou li yo. Nou swete misye anpil siksè nan dezisyon ke l ap genyen pou l pran nan non peyi a. Konsa, aprè 5 lane li a, nou va gen yon peyi ki fè anpil pwogrè politikman, eknomikman e sosyalman.

 

My Message To Lavalas: Accept Defeat And Congratulate The Winner

Lavalas, the Haitian political left, has spent the last 30 years doing nothing but dechoukaj and kraze brize; they failed to offer the country an alternative, a better way to the “old way” [Duvalierism] they had fought and brought to the ground.

Sunday night, the Haitian people have spoken loud and clear, unambiguously. They rejected the terroristic agenda of the Lavalas left to embrace the message of hope Jovenel Moise has proposed and the inspiration he embodies.

The vote is a clear testimony that the people of Haiti want to see their country doing better on the global stage economically, politically and socially. And they are unequivocally convinced now, finally after 30 years of dechoukaj and kraze brize, that the extremism politics of the Lavalas left is not the path to take.

My message to my Lavalas brothers and sisters is this:

Losing an election is never an experience any politician would want to endure. I get that. But that’s the nature of the game –if we must picture politics as a contact sport.

This is not the time for bickering, certainly not the time to be indulging in terrorist activities. In spite of our political and ideological differences, we are condemned to live together as brothers and sisters.

More than ever before, this is the time to take the high road –show a little civility by accepting defeat and congratulating the winner. Spend ample time in retreat to assess what went wrong having caused you the election; strategize and come back stronger than ever before in mounting an open-minded opposition to the Jovenel Moise administration. The country needs you in that capacity to keep the next administration in check so to maintain the political equilibrium necessary for the well-being of our democracy.

There will be many more elections to come. Get to work today so the outcome of each and every single one of these next elections could be different and better for your side of the spectrum. Dechoukaj and kraze brize will not do it, nor will it help the country move forward. After three decades of applying these same refractory, deceptive and repressive tactics, it is time to show the world that you have matured a bit and that you have grown out of the politics of cynicism. Again, Jovenel Moise won the election fair and square. I suggest that you call him to concede the race and congratulate him on his victory. It is never too late to do the right thing, to do what the civilized world is expecting of you.

PM Lamothe Should Endorse Jovenel for President

Lamothe and Jovenel

PM Laurent Lamothe and Presidential Candidate Jovenel Moise

Now that the presidential campaign phase for the Lavalas election is pretty much on the way, candidates from all walks of life are looking around for political endorsements –to increase their chances of winning the election. One of the big endorsements they are probably flirting with is that of former Prime Minister Lamothe.

The former prime minister is not in the race, so it would be pointless to support his candidacy, as I passionately did when he attempted to run for president last year. He will get my full and unconditional support whenever he decides to run again. But, in the meantime, we on the right of the political spectrum have a horse in the race, and that is Jovenel Moise, Neg Bannann nan, whom PM Lamothe agree with ideologically and politically to some extent.

If you run an opinion poll right now, you will find out that most of the people that had supported PM Lamothe for president are with Jovenel. There is a reason for that, and the reason is that they both have more things they agree on ideologically and politically than they disagree on –they are both on the right.

We [on the right] have an election to win for the country. So we are making a patriotic call to PM Lamothe for him to rally behind Jovenel in this election. In my humble opinion, I think it would be a big political miscalculation on his part to pick someone else to endorse or not endorse anyone at all. As a politician, you should always prime the country’s best interest over anything else –the country cannot survive five years of the Lavalas anarchists.

PM Lamothe does not have to join PHTK to endorse Jovenel. I am not a member of PHTK, yet I am a diehard supporter of Jovenel. Many Republicans, for instance, have supported Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, over Donald Trump, the nominee of their party. This is about the country, not party affiliation.

When you want to see certain political, economic and social changes occur, since you are a political heavyweight, any politician, whom you agree with ideologically, looking for your political endorsement must pay a price. That price, of course, will not be in monetary value or anything; it would be in that politician’s agenda. That politician must accept to make some key policy changes in the agenda upon which he or she intends to campaign and win. I was thrilled when I heard Jovenel mention during an interview that he intends to continue with the signature policies Laurent Lamothe had championed –Ti Manman Cheri, Kore Etidyan, Restoran Popile, etc –which he got beaten for left and right by the Lavalas leftists.

We just got to witness what happened between Bernie and Hillary in the Democratic Party. Bernie and Hillary had some serious policy disagreements, explaining the reason as to why we had a very heated primary. After Hillary had secured the nomination, knowing that it would be mathematically and politically impossible for her to win the general election without the Bernie supporters, representatives of both campaigns met to craft the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. Bernie got in there a lot of the things he had wanted for the young people and working class Americans who voted for him –such as debt-free college education for the young people and $15 minimum wage, which Hillary politically calls a “living wage,” for the working class. That’s how it is done.

As a new generation politician, PM Lamothe needs to show that he embodies a different kind of politics; he needs to break ties with the archaic way of doing politics in the country. Political grudges and bickerings won’t change the dire socioeconomic situation of the majority, which he has pledged to topple. My advice to him is to join hands with Jovenel, our candidate in the race, and together make the changes happen. Of course, not everything they are going to agree on. That’s politics. But if they focus on the things they agree on, they can accomplish a lot together for the betterment of the country.