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Widow of Haitian president calls for unity five months after his murder – Jamaica Gleaner

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Five months after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, his wife urged the country to unite in keeping with the wishes of her late husband.
Moïse was gunned down at his private residence on July 7 and his wife, Martine Moïse, received several injuries during the attack and had to be flown to the United States for medical treatment.
The authorities have detained several people, including former members of the Colombian army, as the probe continues into the murder.
Jamaican authorities have also detained Colombian national and former military officer Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios and last month the Turkish National Police arrested a Haitian businessperson who was wanted for involvement in the assassination.
The suspect, identified as Samir Handal, had an international arrest warrant on him.
In a video message, Martine Moïse repeated her call for justice and urged unity to build the country for her husband.
“July 7, a Wednesday that I will never forget, a Wednesday that the people will never forget, a Wednesday that put water in the eyes of all, which caused blood to flow in the hearts of all,” she said.
“Today, his death means that we can listen to his speeches, his messages that he conveyed and the vision he had for the country.
“Today, my heart is torn out, my tears do not dry up. When I remember what we were talking about, wherever we went, hand in hand, even if my hand today is handicapped, physical handicap doesn’t bother me, but it’s when I think I’ll never see him anymore …that my heart is torn out, but I am forced to continue living for the children who no longer have a daddy. Today, it is I who is called, I am the one who answers,” she said.
“Let’s unite to build the Haiti we all want, that’s what he fought for, that’s what I’m fighting for, and that’s the road we’re going on,” she added.
Meanwhile, former public works minister, Nader Joiséus, said he is very worried about the way in which the investigation into the assassination is going and is critical of what he termed the “manoeuvres orchestrated by people” identified as being involved in the murder.
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