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Letter to PM Harris from Mins. Richards and Brantley

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Hon. Shawn Okay. Richards Deputy Prime Minister
Chief of Folks’s Motion Motion Water Dept. Constructing
Needsmust Property Basseterre

Hon. Mark Brantley Minister of Overseas Affairs
Authorities of St Kitts & Nevis Premier of Nevis & Chief of Involved Residents Motion Social Safety Constructing Pinney’s Industrial Website, Nevis

sixteenth April, 2022

Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris Prime Minister
Authorities of St. Kitts & Nevis
& Chief of Folks’s Labour Get together Authorities Headquarters Church Avenue
Basseterre

Mr. Prime Minister,

In current months, our beloved nation has witnessed unprecedented political challenges that might have been prevented, have been it not on your departure from the core rules and guarantees that have been established for the coalition authorities, comprised of the Folks’s Motion Motion, Involved Residents Motion, and the Folks’s Labour Get together

You’d recall that once we agreed, as Political Events, to type the alliance now often called Crew Unity, we did so with a solemn and binding understanding that guided the mutual guarantees, agreements, and commitments. Merely put, we did so in a spirit of TRUST.

The final word mission of our union was to ship social and financial packages that will adhere to a promise of Prosperity for All. The structure of our political design was additionally birthed in a basis of GOOD GOVERNANCE.

Our method was to be a workforce of servant leaders, and never masters of the citizenry.

 

Our technique then was to erase the scourges of victimization, discrimination, lack of presidency transparency, mismanagement of the financial system, and corrupt practices. Jt was additionally our hope to finish the poisoning of the wealthy traditions of democracy, on which our nation was based.

It’s due to this fact an unlucky actuality that St. Kitts & Nevis right this moment finds itself on a path which is the very antithesis of the spirit and intent of Crew Unity.

Your governance, as Prime Minister, has boldly integrated a scientific program designed to undermine your Cupboard colleagues, intrude within the operations of their portfolios, and oversee the inequitable distribution of presidency assets, primarily via the Workplace of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Sustainable Growth.

Your governance has additionally been characterised by your apparent help for brokers that use varied means to tarnish the great identify and picture of your personal colleagues, with whom you sit in cupboard.

Once we allied, we agreed that PAM wouldn’t discipline candidates within the constituencies that we agreed to have your candidates contest (Constituencies Quantity Three and Seven). Within the 2020 election, PAM gave solution to permitting one in all your candidates to vie for the seat in Constituency Quantity Six.

Sadly, regardless of these lodging, your celebration has been engaged, for a number of years, however heightened because the final election of 2020, in actions to undermine the PAM and CCM candidates of their constituencies.

Through the years, many of those points and issues have been raised at varied ranges, together with the cupboard, and through extra personal discussions. Up to now, we’ve pursued our issues utilizing “quiet diplomacy” and preserving our disagreements personal and confidential throughout the corridors of the federal government. However as an alternative of a decision, the scenario has worsened.

Recognizing the worsening circumstances, we, the political leaders of PAM and CCM took a patriotic stand, and wrote to you on Monday 28 March, 2022 searching for pressing dialogue.

You have been unable to accommodate a gathering however the urgency till 9 days in a while Wednesday April 6, 2022.

Throughout that assembly, we outlined the vital points and really helpful one of the best ways ahead. Nevertheless, you didn’t supply a lot both when it comes to responses or commitments to introduce any of the adjustments prompt to enhance the failing relationship. Nevertheless, we, the undersigned, determined to be affected person and measured in our method.

As a consequence, we supplied you a one-week interval to contemplate the proposals and to return on Thursday, 14th April, 2022, to offer your responses and for us to take definitive actions.

Sadly once more, you did not adequately handle the issues at hand and it appeared just like the bridge of reconciliation was too large so that you can cross.

Because it stands right this moment, some two weeks after our first assembly to urgently handle these vital issues of state, we nonetheless don’t have any decision and our nation stays uneasy. There stays no semblance of readability about the way in which ahead, on account of your techniques that some residents describe as strategies of strategic delay. We don’t really feel, nevertheless, that that is the time for such machinations.

The gulf between what’s required to avoid wasting the partnership and your private preferences stays massive and troubling.

We, Honourable Shawn Richards and Hon. Mark Brantley, have been most cheap and affected person, however the residents of this nice nation of ours are impatient with the dearth of outcomes, fuelled by your lack of urgency to resolve the deadlock.

We’re disheartened that there seems to be no willingness or urge for food in your half to permit a significant platform that will permit us to assemble a brand new system that will both restore the damaged belief or pursue our good governance agenda.

This breach of belief and your departure from the pledge of fine governance requires good males to behave to forestall dangerous actors from destroying the fortunes of St. Kitts & Nevis and all of its residents and residents. The time has come for us all to behave within the spirit of our nation’s motto: Nation Above Self.

We now have misplaced confidence in your management and also you now not command the help of nearly all of your cupboard.

Subsequently, within the curiosity of the steadiness of this nation and the perfect curiosity of the preservation of fine governance, we are going to accord you till Wednesday, twentieth April, 2022, to reply definitively to the problems that we’ve raised in our conferences and others listed beneath:

  1. That there be an pressing return to the Good Governance Agenda, that includes-Time period Limits, Electoral Reform, activation of the Integrity in Life laws, Freedom of Data, Freedom of the Press, in addition to laws that governs the awarding of presidency contracts.
  2. To keep away from the continued misuse and inequitable distribution of presidency assets, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Sustainable Growth ought to be instantly re- assigned.
  3. Complete overview of the true monetary image of the Authorities with month-to-month experiences by the Monetary Secretary to the Cupboard.
  4. Evaluate and streamline the method for Price range Estimates to make sure that cupboard members and ministers are conscious of the ultimate figures to be thought-about for the Annual Price range. Ministers are principally unaware of the ultimate figures to be allotted to their ministries and solely grow to be conscious when the Estimates are already finalized for debate in parliament.
  5. The administration of the CBI Program ought to be restructured and be administered via the Ministry of Finance, with quarterly experiences of income earned, the variety of purposes and the variety of individuals granted citizenship.
  6. There must be a transparent coverage that determines how social a5sistance is to be distributed to residents and residents.
  7. The STEP Program ought to be managed and operated from throughout the Ministry of Labour with the suitable price range allocations.
  8. The PAP program, which is budgeted beneath the Ministry of Social Growth, ought to be managed and operated from throughout the Ministry of Social Growth and never the Ministry of Sustainable Growth. This program can’t proceed to be operated by the Ministry of Sustainable Growth when it’s budgeted beneath the Ministry of Social Growth.
  9. All Members of Parliament ought to have equal entry to assets, (e,g., land, homes, PAP, STEP, and so on.), to help constituents.
  10. The Cupboard ought to be allowed to convene within the absence of the Prime Minister, with the Deputy appearing as Chairman, or an assigned minister, when each are absent.
  11. All pretend social media platforms which have been used to assault members of PAM and CCM, and people designed to assault PLP and different events ought to be instantly and completely deleted, Failure to take action ought to and would have severe implications for any settled settlement.
  12. It’s our view that it’s inappropriate for anybody representing the nation as an envoy, to be internet hosting or engaged in a radio or different media program, to assault members of the federal government that she or he serves, the opposition, or the residents of the nation that they characterize. It could have been extra useful to the nation if such packages have been used to coach and sensitize the residents in regards to the diplomatic achievements of St. Kitts & Nevis, and the way we’re affected by world affairs.
  13. Subsequently, any such ambassadors, together with our present Ambassador to the United Nations, ought to be instantly recalled and all such assaults ought to be instantly ended.
  14. Stop makes an attempt, by the PLP, to ascertain footholds in constituencies, apart from Numbers 3,6, and seven, and to carry an finish to actions and help of brokers working in opposition to the PAM and CCM.
  15. Within the spirit of the Good Governance Agenda and the current parliamentary efforts of the Crew UNITY Authorities to introduce Time period Limits laws within the Nationwide Meeting, and within the spirit of your personal current public commitments at a church service, to not search a 3rd time period, that you simply make an unequivocal public assertion to not search a 3rd time period as Prime Minister.
  16. Additionally, to maintain to the spirit of the Crew UNITY settlement, you make an unequivocal assertion that the Folks’s Labour Get together, (PLP), won’t run candidates in any constituency the place PAM and CCM are fielding candidates, (Constituencies 1,2,4,5,8,9,10,11). Nor would PLP help candidates, people, or events contesting in opposition to PAM and CCM. PAM and CCM decide to the identical to not run candidates in 3, 6 and seven and to not help any candidate, people or events contesting in opposition to PLP.
  17. Pressing accounting of CBI proceeds from the interval of the SIDF till current day and to allocate and pay to Nevis its agreed professional rata inhabitants share of the web proceeds of CBI minus sums already paid to Nevis.
  18. If the above is agreed to, and within the spirit of political equity, We, the undersigned could be prepared to permit the continuation of your management, till December thirty first, 2023, with the additional understanding that you’d maintain to the dedication to facilitating a easy transition to a brand new chief of the coalition thereafter.

 

We provide this compromise in good religion and in the perfect curiosity of continuity and stability and equity within the technique of delivering Prosperity for All.

Respectfully,

 

Hon. Shawn Okay. Richards Political Chief
Folks’s Motion Motion,(PAM) Involved Residents Motion (CCM)

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