PORT AU PRINCE – A former senator who worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor was assassinated in an upscale neighborhood near here and his body set on fire along with that of his nephew.
According to Government Commissioner Jacques Lafontant the bodies of Yvon Buissereth and his unidentified nephew were found on Saturday afternoon in the community of Laboule.
Laboule is in close vicinity to the town of Pelerin, where President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July last year.
Buissereth, director of Haiti’s Public Company for the Promotion of Social Housing, and his nephew were traveling in a government-issued vehicle and were found inside the charred car.
According to Lafontant a gang that is trying to control the area is likely to blame.
The Ti Makak gang, which means “Little Macaques,” is fighting with the Toto gang over control of that area.
Gangs in the capital of Port-au-Prince and beyond have become more powerful and waged violent turf wars since Moïse was assassinated.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry condemned Buissereth’s killing as a “barbaric act” by armed gangs in Laboule.
“His assassins, as well as all the other criminals who sow mourning in the country, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and must respond for their ignominious acts before justice,” the Prime Minister said. (CMC)