Haiti's interim president vows to investigate mismanagement

Haiti's senate chief Jocelerme Privert swears to hold previous administration accountable for its actions

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Haiti's interim President Jocelerme Privert.

Haiti's interim President Jocelerme Privert took an oath to do "everything in his power" to hold the previous administration accountable for its actions, following accusations of corruption and mismanagement.

Privert said he has met with leaders from civil society and political parties, as well as everyday citizens, who are demanding that the previous government of Michel Martelly be called to account for its less than stellar record of governance. 

"I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that the institutions [of government] meet their responsibilities," he told a news conference.

He added that he "has not ruled out convening a task force" to look into the matter, including a unit focusing on financial mismanagement under Martelly.

Martelly departed office on schedule on Feb. 7 with no elected leader to take his place after a vote to choose his successor was postponed over fears of violence.

Opposition leaders have criticised Martelly, charging him with overusing his executive powers. They also accuse his wife and eldest son of embezzling public funds.