Port au Prince, Haiti — A former senator who worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor was murdered in an upscale neighborhood near Haiti’s capital and his body set on fire along with his nephew, government commissioner Jacques Lafontant told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The bodies of Yvonne Busereth and his unidentified nephew were found in the community of Labole on Saturday afternoon. It is near Pellerin, where President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his private home 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 in the burned-out car, Lafontant said. He said it was likely to be blamed on a gang trying to control the area.
“It was a terrible incident,” he said.
The Ti Makak tribe, which means “little macaque”, is fighting the Toto tribe for control of the area. Gangs have grown more powerful in the capital of Port-au-Prince and beyond, and have waged violent wars since Moise’s murder.
Busereth and his nephew were killed while driving on a road that connects Port-au-Prince with Haiti’s southern region and is used by a growing number of Haitians to escape the Martisant area, which is controlled by militant gangs that have killed or wounded dozens. Citizens of that area.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry condemned Busereth’s killing as a “barbaric act” by armed gangs in Labool.
“His killers, as well as all other criminals who sow grief in the country, will be prosecuted according to law and must be held accountable for their heinous acts before justice,” he wrote in a social media post on Sunday.