The former first lady, Martine Moise, says she is still wondering what happened to the 30 to 50 men who were posted to guard her husband at home.
The wife of the assassinated president of Haiti, seriously injured in the attack that killed her husband, was listening in horror when the gunmen stormed their home, she said in her first interview since the assassination.
The killers eventually found what they were looking for in President Jovenel Moise’s residence, and on their way made diligent efforts to see if the first lady Martine Moise was still alive.
“When they left, they thought I was dead,” she told the New York Times in an interview published Friday, weeks after the July 7 assassination, which caused a new crisis for the fragile Caribbean nation. .
She survived and was rushed to the United States for emergency treatment, where she spoke to the newspaper while surrounded by security guards, diplomats and family.
Martine wonders what happened to the 30 to 50 men usually posted to guard her husband at home. None of the guards were killed or even wounded.
“Only the oligarchs and the system can kill him,” she said.
Haitian police have arrested the head of Jovenel Moise’s security, as well as about 20 Colombian mercenaries, for a conspiracy they say was organized by a group of Haitians with foreign ties.
Jovenel Moise controlled the impoverished and disaster-stricken country by decree as gang violence escalated and COVID-19 spread.
His widow told the New York Times that the couple was asleep when the sound of gunfire woke them up.
He called his security team for help, but soon the killers shot into the bedroom. She was hit in the hand and elbow.
As she lay bleeding, her husband died or died in the same room, she felt as if she was suffocating because her mouth was so full of blood.
The killers spoke only Spanish – the languages of Haiti are Creole and French – and communicated with someone by telephone while carrying out the attack.
She said she did not know what the killers took, but that it came from a shelf where her husband kept his files.
Martine Moise wants the killers to know she’s not scared and is seriously considering becoming a presidential candidate once she’s healthy.
“I would like people who have done this to be caught, otherwise they will kill every president who takes power,” she said. “They did it once. They will do it again. ”