Sunday, May 15, 2011
Haiti - Inauguration : Important moments of the speech of Michel Martelly
"My dear compatriots, by assigning me by your vote on 20 March, the destiny of the Republic of Haiti, you made me the first servant [...] The march towards this victory has been long and painful, it has mobilized all our determination and the courage of the Haitian people, I want to tell you that without the appreciated support of the International Community, once too often, the popular vote would have been confiscated, that the Haitian people be proud and that the friends of Haiti to be thanked.
[...] I told you to have confidence in me and you can have confidence in me [...] hand in hand, shoulder against shoulder, we will change Haiti, rebuild the country, give it a new image.
[...] We can no longer continue to humiliate us while begging, with this policy of begging. We are workers, we work well when opportunities are given to us [...] The Haitian people is a people who has courage, like the courage of Capois La-Mort, Dessalines, Michaëlle Jean, Wyclef Jean, Dumarsais Siméus and many others...
[...] Haitians, this country is ours, let us gather to remake our country. But, for there is work in Haiti, there must have security in the country, security for people, for our goods, for the production, money for investment, for investors, so that farmers can produce... That I'm not going to negotiate, if a person comes to clutter, create instability so that the country can not function, I am sorry, the justice will act against these people, justice will act as it should.
[...] it is necessary to have respect, so that investors gain confidence, come to invest, build, so that we can find the development that I seek, I seek development for you, so that you get out of poverty, so you can live another way.
[...] to the judicial and police authorities I renew my confidence, I tell you that there was enough of kidnapping, violence against women, killings of natives and police officers, that there had been enough injustice on the population, we will restore the authority of the state, the rule of law. The order and discipline will prevail throughout the entire national territory...
[...] Under my presidency, the obligation of the State, will be to serve the Haitian people, the same way, under my presidency, the obligation of the citizen, will be to fulfill its civic duty, its duty as a citizen, paying its taxes so that it can find the services that the state owes it.
[...] For a long time we use the poverty of the country to settle our business, too many people use the misery of our country... this must stop. It is time to start selling our cultural riches, Haiti is a rich country, we have the most beautiful beaches in the world, the most beautiful sun of the Caribbean and the deepest culture, diverse and authentic, a glorious past, the Citadelle Henry and the ruins of the Palais of Milot testify it. Yes, Haitian people, this's not just poverty we have in our country [...] let us take this opportunity to ask the whole world to put the misery of Haiti in a drawer, to bury the misery of Haiti...
[...] how many celebrities, we would have had if we had supervised our youth, by putting them in sport, by removing them from the street ? Haitian, Haitian, Haiti asleep but now will wake up and stand up. A society without morals, a society without values is the same as a car without a driver.
[...] Today I say I will put every child in school for free, they say I'm crazy because I said "free school", I have news for you, not only I will ask the school for free, but I will fight for the school becomes mandatory. [...] that's how I'm going to remove children from the street, that's how a leader is responsible, that's how Haiti will come out of its misery.
For those who think that Haiti is only Port-au-Prince, the centralization will come, this is not only in Port-au-Prince which must be rebuilt, it's all the country that needs to be built, rebuilt, which needs to be reforested, to be developed...
[...] a Haiti where land will be tilled, where seeds are available, where crops will not be wasted, where crops are profitable, the land will not be ungrateful, because men will take care of it, this is called "Repon Peyizan"
[...] A Haiti where the middle class will grow, because the middle class is the economic engine of a country, a Haiti, where a change in our mindset will allow us to enter in the modern world [...] A Haiti where the slum aren't the cities, where the Haitian people will find water, electricity, services so that this country can be called a country. A Haiti where we will give people the means of birth control, where health is not a luxury...
[...] My people, my Haitian people, street people, unemployed, trust me, things will really change, traders, merchants, workers, people under the tents, the country's women, the disabled I have not forgotten you, you know I'm made for you, climb, get up, Haiti awaits you. Your President Tet Kalé is ready to walk hand in hand with you to bring a better life.
I ask the international community, to have confidence in me, you'll find another leadership, a good partnership, within the respect of each other, with good governance, transparency and honesty. This is a new Haiti, a new Haiti open for business now.
With the will of all, with the grace of the Grand Master, we will put Haiti in front, Haiti first, always Haiti, Haiti my country, Haiti Cheri Tet Kalé."
Source for the text: http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-2957-haiti-inauguration-important-moments-of-the-speech-of-michel-martelly.html
I would like to congratulate our newest president Mr. Michel Martelly and his family as well as his party for winning the election and thus becoming the 56th president of Haiti. I am not going to wish him luck, not at all but Mr. president, I wish you success! A lot of work is awaiting you and the expectation is very high, the road is not going to be easy but, if you put God first and you are willing to work for the good of the country, he will get you through. Lean not unto your own understanding but rely on God for guidance and wisdom.
To all my fellow readers and Haitians in particular, let us pray for our president. Whether we voted for him or not, he has been elected president and let us do our duty to pray for him so that he can lead the country according to God's will! God's logic is not ours, all we have to do is to put our trust in him!
Mwen rete kwè, si nou mete Bondye devan epi nou bliye enterè pa nou, nap rive lwen! An nou kolabore ansanm menm si nou pa nan menm pati politik, menm si nou pa gen menm nivo entelktyèl, menm si nou pa gen menm relijyon oubyen nou pa manm menm legliz, yon sèl nou fèb men ansanm nou fò. An nou ini nou pou peyi a ka avanse! Nou bezwen diferan lide men an nou brase yo ansanm pou nou pran sila yo kap bon pou pèp la, pou peyi-a.
Haiti's new president, Michel Martelly, stands with his wife, Sophia, and their children
as the Haitian national anthem is played in Port-au-Prince. (Brennan Linsley, Associated Press / May 14, 2011)
Once again Mr. President Success and put God first, he will help you make the right choice! It is a very big transition from being a popular Kompa singer to be elected to the supreme magistracy, from a performer to a head of State, What a big jump! You can't and will not make it on your own but only God can and will see you through if you put him first!
|LLM / radio Métropole Haïti|
As a reminder, this blog is not a political venue but just a way to showcase Haiti and its culture through my eyes and a way for me to say "thanks for loving Haiti" to anyone who holds this poor and yet beautiful, hospitable heart warming people and country deep into their heart.
Men anpil chay pa lou!
Unity brings power!
L'union Fait la force!
Unity brings power!
L'union Fait la force!