By Isabelle Papillon, Haiti Liberté, Jan. 18, 2023
The Divisional Police Commissioner Pape Samba Mbodj, of Senegalese origin, was just appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres, as the new head of the United Nations office in Haiti. He replaces Ms. Helen Ruth Meagher La Lime, whose term of office expired on January 14, 2023 has not been renewed.
Recall that the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) was formed by the Security Council on June 25, 2018 and took office on October 16 of the same year to replace the United Nations Justice Support Mission in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).
Ms. Helen Meagher La Lime, an American citizen, was appointed on October 14, 2019 as Special Representative for Haiti of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Head of BINUH.
La Limeès departure changes very little for everyday Haitians. For those of us at Haiti Liberté, a change in leadership does nothing to prevent the plunge into further into disaster.
If La Lime played the role of commander for the imperialist powers, the position of Pape Samba Mbodj is no different. It is not a question of replacing the American with a Senegalese or a Haitian, it does not matter. It is not the submissives - the instruments in the service of a dying criminal system, who concern us.
The reality is different. This organization, BINUH, is the symbolism of colonialism, it has no place in our country which is no longer a colony.
The dream and the will of the Haitian people is for a Haiti free from any international constraint, from any form of police, civil or military occupation.
Whether Madame la Lime or Pape Samba Mbodj, the same fight against interference and for our sovereignty continues!
Translated by CHIP editors
Posted Feb. 5, 2023