Friday, Twitter is a buzz about the news that Wyclef Jean announced official plans to run for President of Haiti; Wyclef revealed a five-point plan to revitalize Haiti by focusing on agriculture, job creation, security, health care and especially education. Wyclef spoke of the plan to CNN Thursday.
Haiti is Wyclef’s homeland and the country was devastated after a massive earthquake struck the country in January. Wyclef became more involved in getting aid to Haiti citizens and set up his own foundation to help people. Wyclef has been centered in controversy about his commitment to the country and reasons for running.
“This is not even Wyclef saying, ‘I want to be president of Haiti,’ ” Jean said. “I feel like I’m being drafted by the population right now to give them a different face, a different voice.”
“Haiti will not be a part of the 21st century if Haiti cannot read or write,” Jean said, adding that he hoped fellow Haiti-born, U.S.-educated expatriates will return to their native country to assist in his efforts.
“[Wyclef] saw they need much more help than he could provide himself,” said Sam Jean, Wyclef’s brother to Rolling Stone Thursday. “If he got involved, there’s an opportunity to really affect the lives of the youth in Haiti. It’s one thing to say, ‘Get involved.’ It’s another thing to actually do it.”
Wyclef Jean’s foundation collected millions of dollars from the public for Haiti earthquake victims and in January he has been accused of using some of that money for his own profit. The Associated Press reported that a close review of the financial accounts of his foundation and his personal funds haven’t been kept separate. For more on that story and to see Jean’s response to the accusations in a video, click here.
Voters won’t make their decision about who the next president of Haiti will be until the November 28 election.
Wyclef is a Grammy award winning rapper, and he has raised millions of dollars for his country through his foundation. He has worked to build temporary shelters through his Yele Haiti organization.
To see photos of how devastating the January earthquake was to Haiti, click here.
See the CNN video below of Wyclef Jean’s talk with CNN on Thursday.
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Sources: CNN and Rolling Stone
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