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PM’s Letter to DPM Richards and Minister Brantley

PM Timothy Harris

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Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris
Prime Minister Harris
Authorities Headquarters
Church Road
Basseterre, St. Kitts

 

April twentieth, 2022

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

Hon Mark Brantley Minister of International Affairs
G0vernment of St. Kitts and Nevis Premier of Nevis and Chief of Involved Residents Motion Social Safety Constructing
Pinney’s Business Website Nevis

Pricey Hon Deputy Prime Minister and Hon Minister:

I acknowledge receipt of your joint letter to me dated 16 April, 2022 following our just lately concluded conferences on the Cupboard Room, Authorities Headquarters, on the 6th and 14th April. (Copy hooked up for ease of reference.)

These conferences have been organized to resolve what you each appear to point are deep- seated variations which have someway emerged in January and February of this 12 months and have been ‘accorded’ by you, an unprecedented sense of urgency. In your letter, you state that you just “…will accord (me) until Wednesday, 20th April, 2022, to respond definitively to the issues that we have raised in our meetings and others (which you have now added) listed below:”

I’m puzzled that these “deep-seated differences” at the moment are being put ahead following the December 2021 annual debate on the Appropriations Invoice 2022, the Price range Debate, during which ALL members on the Authorities Benches spoke in glowing phrases of (i) the excellent efficiency of our Staff Unity Administration throughout 2021 and (ii) the plans and programmes that our Authorities put ahead for this 12 months and past. ALL our members voted with out reservation for this essential piece of laws.

I have to say that I’m deeply saddened that your newest demand comes at a most unlucky time once we mourn the passing of our Colleague and good friend, His Excellency Ambassador Vance Amory, former Senior Minister within the Federal Cupboard, former Premier of the Island of Nevis. Ambassador Amory was a Founding Member and former Political Chief, for some 30 years, of the Involved Residents Motion, the political Occasion which Minister Brantley now has the honour to guide. Ambassador Amory was additionally a Founding father of Staff Unity and his sensible counsel and sterling management are sorely wanted at this specific time.

You each would bear in mind that the Cupboard Secretary heads the Committee set as much as make preparations to honour the lifetime of Ambassador Amory, and that the Committee consists of members of the Nevis Island Administration. The Cupboard would have been available earlier at present to obtain the mortal stays of Ambassador Amory at RLB Worldwide Airport. You must already bear in mind that the stays will lie in State on each islands, and that Ambassador Amory could have a full State Funeral. It’s a time of deep sorrow for all Kittitians and Nevisians, however particularly, all Nevisians, who shall be reflecting on the contributions of their former chief to public welfare and public upliftment. The Nation was knowledgeable on April18, 2022 that there’s to be a interval of official mourning for Ambassador Amory from Wednesday, 20th April to Saturday 30th April.

Gents, your letter dated April 16, 2022, is in very poor style. It’s disrespectful, crammed with contradictions, untruths, unhealthy religion, and a unadorned lack of awareness of the very system of governance during which you will have actively participated for the final seven years.

Your reference to basic paperwork conveniently ignores that essentially the most essential doc guiding the rule of regulation, good governance and authorities operations is the Structure of the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis. The Structure is the supreme regulation of St. Christopher and Nevis and if another regulation is inconsistent with the Structure, the Structure shall prevail and the opposite regulation shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void. None of us in St. Christopher and Nevis is above the regulation, and I count on that each of you, gents, settle for the supremacy of the Structure because the guiding mild of our democracy.

Sure positions superior by your good selves relating to issues of current classic, nonetheless, pressure the bounds of credulity. Take for instance the matter of Belief. You, Hon Minister of International Affairs, quite the opposite, undermined the belief you requested the general public to position within the Staff Unity Authorities whenever you launched an influence seize/palace coup to dislodge me because the Constitutionally appointed Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis after having pledged all through the 2020 Basic Election marketing campaign, how wonderful has been my service as Prime Minister; how Nevis has had its greatest relationship with St. Kitts below my management; and the way a lot you supported my management.

You each appear to not perceive that appointments to the workplace of minister and the allocation of portfolios assigning duty for any enterprise of the Authorities, are made, below the Structure, by His Excellency the Governor Basic, performing in accordance with the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

I don’t intend to deal with on this letter the absurd prevarications which you will have cobbled collectively in your pages two and three. How can anyone take critically your assertion that you’re writing because the political leaders of PAM and CCM when all people is aware of that after our assembly of 14th April, 2022, one in all you really went on the radio and admitted publicly that he has to get directions from his Caucus, thereby being understood to imply that your so-called “proposals” have been made with out the right authority of the individuals you declare to talk for? I’m left to wonder if you will have acquired the directions you say you wanted earlier than you wrote this letter.

What’s worse, how can two of you purport to talk for the Cupboard, when one of many two of you has acknowledged on the file that he’s not coming again to the Cupboard till the prevalence of an eventuality which I contemplate unlawful?

I ponder if Minister Brantley agrees that the Commissioner of Police ought to tamper with a Police Assertion?

As per your unfounded allegations of inequitable distribution of assets, you appear to overlook that allocation of assets is decided by the Budgetary course of together with the Cupboard Estimates Committee Assembly of which you’re a half. These very allocations have been supported by you in each Price range debate.

What is that this obsession with social media, whenever you, Minister Brantley, preside over a daily weekly radio present? You need to respect that in a democracy social media supplies a method for well-liked participation of residents and residents. Regrettably, it’s usually occasions used irresponsibly by individuals together with you. I reject the request that I turn into concerned in policing social media and faux profiles.

I invite you to guide by instance to discourage your supporters and buddies who spew vitriol on social media.

You each appear to be confused and frightened over the vibrancy of the Folks’s Labour Occasion (PLP). For the file, we’re and have been a vibrant people-centred nationwide occasion with formal buildings in all constituencies in St Kitts. These buildings facilitated the victory of Staff Unity of 2015 and once more in 2020. The place the Folks’s Motion Motion (PAM) was weak, PLP working with them made them sturdy therefore the revival of PAM after 20 years within the wilderness.

Your reference to undermining the Involved Residents Motion (CCM) is a figment of your creativeness and requires no response besides a denial.

There has by no means been any settlement by my Occasion to limit itself to solely two constituencies, No 3 and No 7, in St. Kitts. Many individuals will do not forget that you, Minister Richards, publicly endorsed and inspired the construct out of the Folks’s Labour Occasion within the speech that you just delivered, streamed stay, on the 2nd Conference of the Folks Labour Occasion in 2018. In case you will have forgotten, that is a part of what you mentioned:

“PLP Family…, PLP Family…, Good afternoon. Of course, I recognize the protocols

This afternoon, I bring greetings on behalf of the Peoples Action Movement. This afternoon, the Peoples Action Movement congratulates the PLP on its 2nd Annual Convention….

The fact is that when we look around the Caribbean region, most islands are dominated by 2 major political parties. During many elections, we see 3rd and 4th political parties coming into being but they come into being for a General Election and generally they do not last, disappearing after an election.

This afternoon, we are here witnessing the 2nd Convention of the PLP and that says to me that the PLP is growing and for that we must congratulate the PLP. The truth is that as individuals we all strive for growth in our lives whether financially, educationally, health- wise. We look at our children…we all want them to grow, and as we grow and develop personally, we are empowered to ensure that others are also able to grow and to develop.

The growth and development of the PLP is therefore significant because it means that the PLP is not only able to empower its own people, but more importantly, the growth and development of the PLP is significant to the growth and development of Team Unity. More importantly, as I said, the growth of PLP and Team Unity is important to the growth and development of you the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

It’s unlucky that you just talked about a delay within the internet hosting of the assembly on April 06, 2022. An evidence has been proffered for that: I used to be sick on the time. It was really useful to postpone the assembly, set for April 4th when on April 2nd our beloved colleague, His Excellency Vance Amory, unexpectedly succumbed to his sickness. It was thought that these discussions may have been taken up after Ambassador Amory had been laid to relaxation in a a lot deserved State funeral. In spite of everything, the individuals of St. Kitts and Nevis must be afforded the chance to mourn the lack of this excellent son of the soil with out the distractions of this challenge which is a lot at odds with the stance you each introduced to laud the visionary, no tax, surplus Price range to protected passage in December 2021.

Regrettably, you possibly can not do that for the Hon Vance Amory, one of many founding leaders of Staff Unity. You have been each an excessive amount of in a haste and insisted on a two-day postponement. This once more is additional proof of your unhealthy religion and try and manufacture grievances nonetheless petty.

What “quiet diplomacy” have you ever been pursuing, and the way have you ever been “keeping our disagreements private and confidential”? It is a far cry from the reality. I ponder whose recommendation you’re following when you’re conducting this challenge within the open, baring your very souls to a bemused public? Your harangues on the PAM Conference in February, adopted by your city corridor conferences, and radio programmes, appeared to return out of nowhere and have a puzzled public viewers scratching their heads attempting to determine what is de facto behind this sudden outburst, particularly whenever you go on the radio and inform individuals, in impact, that you just wouldn’t have directions to behave on this outlandish style.

I reserve the correct to find out how portfolios needs to be assigned. That is the constitutional prerogative of the Prime Minister. I’ve made it clear to each of you that I can’t take part in any proposals to decrease the prerogatives and authority of the Prime Minister as set out within the Structure of St. Christopher and Nevis.

Nothing in your conduct and behavior has been per a dedication to good governance. You aren’t working within the spirit of Nation Above Self.

I have to warning you that this desire for giving arbitrary ultimatums beginning within the current Lenten and current Easter Seasons, and when our Nation is mourning the lack of its illustrious son, Ambassador Vance Amory, is unhelpful, divisive, reflecting of unhealthy religion nand disrespectful for a founding chief of Staff Unity. Ambassador Amory’s reminiscence shouldn’t be tarnished by his heirs and successors.

With respect to your calls for enumerated at 1 by 18, I reply accordingly:

  • That there be an pressing return to the Good Governance Agenda, that features – Time period Limits, Electoral Reform, activation of the Integrity in Public Life laws, Freedom of Data, Freedom of the Press, in addition to laws that governs the awarding of presidency contracts.

 

Response:

I’m amazed that Deputy Prime Minister Richards ought to file Good Governance as the primary challenge for me to reply to. Minister Richards has been absent from the Cupboard for some 10 weeks since 14 February. Minister Brantley would recall that he left the Cupboard unceremoniously saying that he wouldn’t return till his identify was faraway from a Police Witness Assertion. I reiterate that I can’t be occasion to any exercise which I contemplate to be unlawful. Neither the Cupboard, the Prime Minister, nor Minister of Nationwide Safety, may cause a Police Assertion to be altered.

On Time period Limits: a Invoice, Structure of Saint Christopher and Nevis (Tenure of Workplace of Prime Minister)(Modification)Invoice, 2019, was tabled within the Parliament to ascertain the bounds of the tenure of the Prime Minister as was campaigned for by the Staff Unity Motion. It was an modification to the Structure and required a two- thirds majority of members to achieve passage. It was debated in Parliament on 29 November, 2019, and the Labour Opposition on the time voted towards this Invoice and it did not go as Staff Unity didn’t have a two-thirds majority on the Authorities Benches. On February 4, 2022, the Cupboard gave approval for a similar Invoice to return to Parliament, Have you ever forgotten this?

Electoral Reform: for many individuals, Electoral Reform principally means a residency requirement for voting in an election. A Invoice alongside these strains, was drafted and was positioned on the order paper of the Parliament however was withdrawn. We’re nonetheless awaiting additional enter from the CCM on this matter.

The Integrity in Public Life Fee, headed by Justice Pearletta Lanns, has been actively pursuing the preparations for the total implementation of the laws. The Fee has been working carefully with the Lawyer Basic’s Chambers to craft numerous Laws and really useful amendments to the Act.

Freedom of Data: has seen important strides being made for its full implementation. There may be want for modification to the laws but it surely has not impeded the large entry to, and dissemination of data, throughout Authorities. There was a major progress of radio and TV programmes by Authorities Businesses/Depts. that present worthwhile info by no means seen earlier than. The Prime Minister’s Management Issues programme, Working For You by SKNIS, are however just a few of the platforms corresponding to Fb and Web/Net pages for giving info and interacting with the general public on this digital age. Whereas quite a few Ministries have employed Data and Communications Officers, there’s nonetheless want for the appointment of an Data Commissioner in every Ministry, as required by the Act.

You each should, or needs to be, conscious that The Procurement Act and Contract (Administration) Act, Cap. 23.36, is the laws that governs the awarding of Authorities contracts. It’s Act No 28 of 2012 and got here into drive on 4th October 2012. It was amended by Act 14 of 2013. You have been each Members of Parliament on the time. It’s a very complete piece of laws which offers with procurement procedures, procurement board, evaluate, sanctions and so forth. The Board is headed by the Monetary Secretary and the Director of Public Works is the Procurement Officer for Works, and so forth. Given the character of the Act, and the truth that you, Minister Richards have the portfolio for Public Works, one wonders about your readability in your Ministry’s position insofar as public procurement is worried.

  • To keep away from the continued misuse and inequitable distribution of presidency assets, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Sustainable Growth needs to be instantly re-assigned

 

Response:

I reject the notion that there was the misuse and inequitable distribution of presidency assets. You might have failed to offer any proof of such practices. The method which allocates using Authorities assets is the Budgetary Course of which begins within the first half of yearly. It’s a course of which includes conferences of Everlasting Secretaries who’re the Accounting Officers of every Ministry. They meet with the Price range Analysts of the Ministry of Finance, with the PSIP Staff managed by the Ministry of Sustainable Growth. The Staff is one during which the technical individuals of your Ministry and each different Ministry put their case to the Staff. The Cupboard meets late within the 12 months within the Estimates Committee and the Staff from every Ministry involves this assembly to be questioned by the Cupboard members. All of us are conscious of the issues mentioned. How is that this a “misuse” of an open Authorities course of that every of you has been part of for the previous seven (7) years? Our Nation will proceed on the trail of wonderful fiscal administration, progress and socio-economic growth which has received us worldwide acclaim.

3/4. Complete overview of the true monetary image of the Authorities with month-to-month experiences by the Monetary Secretary to the Cupboard.

Overview and streamline the method for the Price range Estimates to make sure that Cupboard Members and Ministers are conscious of the ultimate figures to be thought of for the Annual Price range. Ministers are principally unaware of the ultimate figures to be allotted to their ministries and solely turn into conscious when the Estimates are already finalized for debate in parliament.

Response:

We should always all be proud that the Federal Authorities, of which we’re an element, has constantly returned surpluses every fiscal 12 months. We’ve acquired commendations from respected worldwide organisations such because the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) and the World Financial institution. We’ve additionally acquired, every year, an unqualified report from the Director of Audit who’s an authorized forensic accountant. By regulation, the Director of Audit is an impartial skilled who capabilities as a watchdog over the Nation’s funds.

I’m saddened that even after seven years each of you look like unaware of (a) the workings of Authorities and (b) the annual Budgetary course of which begins round June every year with Pre-Estimates conferences, that are adopted on by the Estimates conferences of the Cupboard which happen in October/early November. Each conscientious Cupboard member is aware of that these conferences are then adopted by post-Estimates negotiations between the Ministry of Finance and particular person Ministries, previous to the finalisation of the Price range. There may be additionally a gathering of the Cupboard in December of every 12 months when the Monetary Secretary and her staff replace the Cupboard on the seemingly draft Estimates’ outcomes, and in addition what the Price range would appear like previous to the 2-volume publications being made prepared for Parliament. I stay open for constructive suggestions as to how the Budgetary course of might be additional improved. This concern raised by you begs the query as as to if, as Ministers, you interface commonly together with your Everlasting Secretaries, Price range Analysts and Division Heads re: the Estimates’ progressions from June to December of every 12 months.

As just lately as February 2022, the Monetary Secretary got here to Cupboard and made a presentation re the monetary techniques of Authorities. Recall additionally that the Monetary Secretary talked about {that a} weaknesses noticed seems to be the shortage of interface between Ministers and Everlasting Secretaries in figuring out their Ministries’ priorities amongst themselves. I like to recommend that you just familiarize yourselves additional with these imperatives and steerage of the Monetary Secretary in order that there shall be higher enlightenment on the broad topic of Authorities’s funds.

It could be extra sensible for the report back to be introduced to the Cupboard quarterly. Some additional steerage can be required to allow the Ministry of Finance to satisfy this request.

 

To satisfy this request, Cupboard members ought to make sure that the related Ministries are responsive in submitting the required info to the Ministry of Finance on time. The Estimates preparation course of may have to begin earlier with Estimates Committee convening in September as an alternative of October/November as is the present follow. Ministries should additionally respect the closing dates set for submission of related info. The Ministry of Finance should preserve the credibility of the Price range.

  • The administration of the CBI Program needs to be restructured and be administered by the Ministry of Finance, with quarterly experiences of income earned, the variety of functions and the variety of individuals granted citizenship

 

Response:

The work of the Citizenship by Funding Unit (CUI) has relevance for 2 main operational areas of the Authorities: Finance (Fiscal Company) and Nationwide Safety (Passport Processing). The mechanism for bettering operations needs to be fastidiously studied in an effort to maintain clean operations of the CBI programme.

I’m disheartened that you just each appear to overlook the state of the CBI programme once we first got here to Authorities because the Staff Unity Administration in 2015. The CBI program has now turn into an impressive success story for St. Kitts and Nevis. The outcomes are revealed yearly within the Annual Estimates tabled within the Parliament. These experiences don’t make a case for the restructuring of the programme.

You’ll recall that after severe mismanagement of the programme by the Denzil Douglas Administration once they took the ‘Place of Birth’ discipline out of our Passports, and after quite a few warnings, the US Treasury Dept issued a FinCen Advisory towards St. Kitts and Nevis. This was adopted by the withdrawal of Visa- free entry by Kittitians and Nevisians to Canada by the Canadian Authorities.

This restructuring concerned numerous advertising methods which have catapulted the programme to be essentially the most wanted programme below CBI international locations. The

CBI programme now has attained excellent success, which continues to be lauded by respected worldwide consultants.

As a mandate for managing the CBI, the Unit was assigned to the Workplace of the Prime Minister, with clear protocols for being at arms size from the Minister. This was usually reconfirmed by visits from our Worldwide Companions and by having a head of the Unit with no political alliances. Members of the IMF and different worldwide companions have commented on the sound governance of the programme and our adherence to strict Due Diligence (dd) protocols and resolution making.

By way of this method and a advertising effort that emphasised the integrity of the programme, the SKN CBI was in a position to obtain the Platinum Model standing.

It is very important notice that each one methods throughout the CBI have been authorised by submission to Cupboard. This ranged from the introduction of the Hurricane Fund, the modifications in authorities charges, the addition of siblings, the splitting of shares to 200,000., the Restricted Time Affords, the introduction of Escrow Invoice and Payout schedules, the regulation of Escrow Brokers, the introduction of the Various Funding Choice and the inclusion of tasks below this feature. As well as, each actual property mission authorised by this authorities was submitted by SKIPA and reviewed accordingly.

Lastly, all revenues from the programme go into the Consolidated Fund and are topic to the scrutiny of the Director of Audit.

  • There must be a transparent coverage that determines how social help is to be distributed to residents and residents

 

Response:

After we took workplace in February 2015, each Cupboard member was requested to offer updates on the state during which they discovered every Ministry and portfolio that she or he had been assigned. Within the case of Minister Hamilton and Senator Phipps a report would have been introduced on the standing of the Nationwide Family Registry (NHR) that had simply been began previous to the change of Authorities. Ministers Hamilton and Phipps would have indicated that the funding to the Authorities on this nationwide social companies and help repository was priced at roughly EC$570,000, based mostly on (a) the newest Nation Poverty Evaluation by the Caribbean Growth Financial institution (CDB); and (b) the World Financial institution, UNICEF and UN Ladies sponsored evaluate in 2009 of the Social Security Internet Programmes already in existence.

The South American consulting agency, Ayala Consulting, would have undertaken the nationwide project for the event of the NHR. The NHR then, and nonetheless at present, is getting used as nationwide repository for all of Authorities’s social security web programmes. It additionally supplies for analytic, financial means testing to establish eligibility for social help. It additionally has inbuilt a monitoring and analysis mechanism to trace modifications within the socio-economic standing of beneficiaries in order that their help scheme might be both amended, suspended or ended, because the case could also be. An MOU would have been signed between the Ministry of Social Companies and different ministries with social security web programmes – e.g. Ministry of Training

– in order that these ministries can have entry to the system to enter their knowledge. As if that was not sufficient, our confirmed Cupboard Minutes of Monday, November 13, 2017 point out {that a} delegation from Social Companies would have made a presentation to Cupboard on the workings and standing of the NHR. The delegation was comprised by PS Janelle Lewis-Tafari and Mrs Celia Christopher. Some 4 handouts have been supplied to every Cupboard member re: the displays that have been made. These have been as follows: (1) an 18-slide powerpoint presentation on the St. Kitts and Nevis Nationwide Family Registry; (2) a two-page Phrase Doc that outlined the information fields that might be collected from all candidates of Authorities social help, inclusive of demographics, earnings, gender, work historical past, geographic location, contact particulars, sort of housing, and so forth.; (3) a single web page display shot of the service supplier of the meant beneficiaries, which is supposed to include the assist supplied by state businesses, NGOs, and so forth.; and (4) a six-page print-out of the family evaluation that identifies linkages and referrals that could be obligatory for candidates re their home state of affairs, job prospects, counselling wants, community-based well being care outreach, entry to public utilities, and so forth. Our Cupboard information point out that you just have been each current on the time of that presentation.

Given the foregoing clarification, I’m at a loss to know why we would wish to reinvent the wheel and waste worthwhile Authorities assets to develop yet one more “… clear policy that determines how social assistance is to be distributed to citizens and residents.”

  • The STEP Program needs to be managed and operated from throughout the Ministry of Labour with the suitable funds allocations

 

Response:

You each seem like unaware of the choices of the Cupboard on the STEP programme. Whereas the Deputy Prime Minister has been absent from Cupboard for a very long time, the Minister of International Affairs have to be conscious that as of Could 1st 2022 the primary batch of STEP staff who’re employed by Authorities would turn into Authorities Auxiliary Workers (GAEs). As soon as the total technique of regularization of the Authorities assigned STEP staff is accomplished, all such staff would turn into everlasting Authorities workers, hooked up to their respective Ministries. In mild of the foregoing there isn’t a justification for the switch of the STEP programme to the Ministry of Labour.

  • The PAP program, which is budgeted below the Ministry of Social Growth, needs to be managed and operated from with 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 below the Ministry of Social Growth

 

Response:

In answering this demand that the Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP) be positioned fully below the Ministry of Social Growth (the place the Price range Head resides) it’s obligatory that context be supplied in response. The PAP programme would have been knowledgeable, in appreciable measure, by the outcomes of the newest Caribbean Growth Financial institution (CDB) Nation Poverty Evaluation train that falls below the Ministry of Sustainable Growth with assist from Social Companies. Following a Cupboard presentation in 2018 by former PS Beverly Harris of the Ministry of Sustainable Growth on the meant knowledge gathering train to arrange the PAP programme it was decided, with Cupboard’s approval, that the Statistical Unit in Sustainable Growth can be the lead company of this programme till it was well-established. This was so, given the scarcity of certified manpower on the Ministry of Social Companies – whose workers measurement was, and nonetheless is small. Nonetheless, it was additionally agreed that the Ministry of Social Companies would help the Ministry of Sustainable Growth with the mission build-out. As soon as the programme had been absolutely developed, and the kinks labored out, there would have been an information sharing association between the Ministry of Social Companies and the Ministry of Sustainable Growth. The Ministry of Social Companies has already shared its database with Sustainable Growth in an effort to facilitate this course of. This ongoing train was meant to make sure that there have been no candidates double-dipping by way of public help being supplied by each Ministries to the identical candidates. On the finish of the evaluate and evaluation – that’s now just about accomplished by Sustainable Growth – it’s the intention of that Ministry to show all applicant recordsdata over to Social Companies for enter in the identical Nationwide Family Registry already mentioned in exhaustive style at #6 above. I want to state emphatically that it was by no means meant for there to be a everlasting, administrative dichotomy by way of the 2 Ministries with duty for the PAP programme. In different phrases, the PAP programme shall be fully managed by the Ministry of Social Companies as was initially meant.

  • All Members of Parliament ought to have equal entry to assets, (eg land, homes, PAP, STEP, and so forth.) to help constituents

Response:

In our system of Authorities, the system doesn’t anticipate nor present for an equal allocation of land parcels, or homes, or social help measures to every Member of Parliament for them to disburse identical. Authorities programmes need to budgeted throughout the priorities set by the Cupboard and are managed by public servants who comply with coverage prescriptions made by the Cupboard.

The system expects all representatives of the individuals to help their constituents in accessing Authorities companies. This may be achieved in quite a lot of methods. It might require offering entry to software types, visiting constituents and informing them of the obtainable companies.

Every elected consultant will get a constituency allowance which needs to be used to offer entry, whether or not by establishing a Constituency Workplace, or arranging for assistants to work on their behalf, for the constituent to satisfy their elected consultant, and lift their considerations.

A clear course of shouldn’t be politicized.

  • The Cupboard needs to be allowed to convene within the absence of the Prime Minister, with the Deputy performing as Chairman, or an assigned minister, when each are absent

 

Response:

You each know very effectively that it is a non-issue for you Deputy Prime Minister have on multiple event acted to Chair Cupboard Conferences at my route in my absence. I can’t perceive how this may be proposed at the moment that the Deputy Prime Minister ought to act as Chairman of Cupboard when he has stopped coming to Cupboard and can’t very effectively chair Cupboard in his personal absence. Since he has stopped coming to Cupboard, Minister Eugene Hamilton has chaired Cupboard when I’ve needed to be unavoidably absent.

  • All pretend social media platforms which were used to assault members of PAM and CCM, and people designed to assault PLP and different events needs to be instantly and completely deleted. Failure to take action ought to and would have severe implications for any settled settlement

 

Response:

You appear to be below the misguided opinion that I’ve management over social media platforms which couldn’t be farther from the reality. I neither use nor encourage my supporters to make use of these platforms to assault anybody. Quite the opposite, every time it has been drawn to my consideration that there are individuals recognized to me who’ve been concerned in irresponsible dissemination of data on social I’ve stronlgy discourages behaviour and can proceed to take action.

I agree that each try have to be used to tone down the rhetoric on social media.

  • 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 residents of the nation that they symbolize. It will have been extra helpful to the nation if such applications have been used to coach and sensitize the residents concerning the diplomatic achievements of St. Kitts and Nevis, and the way we’re affected by world affairs.

Response:

I want to stress that any citizen, together with an envoy, is free to train his or her democratic proper to talk to points affecting her or him or his or her Nation. Free speech is an entitlement, and it does include duties for content material, accuracy, intent, and so forth. It’s also ironic, that each of you aren’t denied your particular person rights to free speech, whilst you will have each launched scathing assaults on the Authorities of which you’re a half. We’re ALL referred to as to guide by instance.

  • Due to this fact, any such ambassadors, together with our present Ambassador to the United Nations, needs to be instantly recalled and all such assaults needs to be instantly ended.

Response:

Ambassadors, like different residents, who’re accused of wrongdoing needs to be afforded the correct to defend themselves and to reply their accusers. It goes towards the grain of pure justice, truthful play and due course of if this isn’t achieved.

  • Stop makes an attempt, by PLP, to ascertain footholds in constituencies, apart from Numbers 3, 6, and seven, and to convey an finish to actions and assist of brokers working towards PAM and CCM.

Response:

I refer you to the preamble of The Structure of St. Christopher and Nevis which states that:

“Whereas the People of St. Christopher and Nevis-:

(c ) Believe in the concept of true democracy with free and fair elections;”

Why ought to PLP be excluded from this splendid? It can’t be free or truthful if my occasion can’t participate in elections like different events. The PLP has all the time leveraged its assets to help all events in Staff Unity. That has allowed us to win Basic Elections on two events. Our progress is per the urging of the Hon Shawn Richards at our 2018 Conference.

  • Within the spirit of the Good Governance Agenda and the current Parliamentary efforts of the Staff Unity Authorities to introduce Time period Limits laws within the Nationwide Meeting, and within the spirit of your individual current public commitments at a church service, to not search a 3rd time period, that you just make an unequivocal public assertion to not search a 3rd time period as Prime Minister

Response:

How may you make the assertion you make at merchandise No 18 under that “if you are satisfied with what I say in my responses to you, — We the undersigned [Brantley and Richards] would be willing to allow the continuation of your leadership, until December 31st, 2023”?

Your assertion flies within the face of the Constitutional appointment to my workplace which, because it stands, is for a second 5 12 months time period as much as June 2025.

  • Additionally, to maintain to the spirit of the TEAM Unity settlement, you make an unequivocal assertion that the Folks’s Labour Occasion (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 assist candidates, people, or events contesting towards PAM and CCM. PAM and CCM decide to the identical to not run candidates in 3, 6, and seven and to not assist any candidate, people or events contesting towards PLP.

Response:

Once more, I’m content material to depend on the phrases of Deputy Prime Minister Richards and to take him at his phrase when on the 2nd PLP Conference in 2018 he mentioned and I quote:

“..This afternoon, we are here witnessing the 2nd Convention of the PLP and that says to me that the PLP is growing and for that we must congratulate the PLP. The truth is that as individuals we all strive for growth in our lives whether financially, educationally, health-wise. We look at our children … we all want them to grow, and as we grow and develop personally, we are empowered to ensure that others are also able to grow and to develop.

The growth and development of the PLP is therefore significant because it means that the PLP is not only able to empower its own people, but more importantly, the growth and development of the PLP is significant to the growth and development of Team Unity. More importantly, as I said, the growth of PLP and Team Unity is important to the growth and development of you the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

Deputy Prime Minister, I want to draw to your consideration your statements on the launch of your new candidate for Constituency #1. At that occasion, you boldly acknowledged that PAM was ready to discipline candidates in all eight constituents (on St. Kitts), if obligatory.

  • 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

Response:

  • As I’ve acknowledged in my letter to the Hon Premier, the World Financial institution has already been contacted to do a complete research of the income sharing preparations between S. Kitts and Nevis. I’m glad to restate that they’ve agreed to take action. Moreover, as per the request of the Hon Premier, the Ministry of Finance has already elevated and remitted the month-to-month budgetary allocations to Nevis as per his request.
  • Any income sharing association between St. Kitts and Nevis have to be topic to Part 110 of the Structure of St. Christopher and Nevis which takes into consideration (a) the deductions of the prices of widespread companies; and (b) the contributions to the price of assembly the debt prices for which the Authorities is accountable below Part 75.

 

  • The SIDF was introduced into being below the previous Labour Authorities in 2007, some 6 years previous to the formation of Staff Unity.

 

  • If the above is agreed to, and within the spirit of political equity, We, the undersigned can be keen to permit the continuation of your management, till December 31st, 2023, with the additional understanding that you’d maintain to the dedication to facilitating a clean transition to a brand new chief of the coalition thereafter.

Response:

The Structure determines the way during which I might demit workplace. I reject the notion that I be subjected to a date established by you. It goes towards the grain of the prerogative of the Prime Minister as established within the Structure of St. Christopher and Nevis.

Conclusion

I stay absolutely dedicated to the Unity idea and no motion I take or resolution I make, even when it displeases one or each of you can be meant to break Unity.

I can’t compromise by doing something I feel is unconstitutional, illegal, or not in the most effective pursuits of the individuals of our beloved Federation, simply to remain in energy. I don’t search to have elections earlier than they’re constitutionally due, but when it turns into obligatory, I’m keen to abide by and assist the need of the individuals as demonstrated by the election outcomes, no matter they might be.

We needs to be guided by the thought that Unity belongs to the individuals, to not their leaders, and if we desert their expectations we shouldn’t be shocked if they continue to be with Unity even when their leaders don’t.

I stay targeted on delivering on the insurance policies and programmes that might enhance the usual and high quality of life our individuals, together with however not restricted to the next:

  • Larger ranges of employment in order that our younger individuals, moms and dads, and virtually everybody who is ready to be gainfully employed could have alternatives for respectable work and the power to offer for his or her households;
  • Additional enhancement of our schooling sector in order that our residents and residents can reap the benefits of the myriad of revolutionary employment alternatives which might be required to energy the ever-changing world economic system;
  • Increase our agricultural sector by elevated crop manufacturing, in an effort to strengthen our meals safety index, facilitate exports of surplus agricultural items and mitigate our vulnerabilities to the worldwide provide chain shortages;
  • Implement measures meant to deal with key shopper challenges such because the rising price of dwelling, excessive gasoline prices, and so forth.;
  • Focus our consideration on financial diversification in an effort to construct resilience in our home economic system, whereas leveraging info and communication applied sciences (ICTs) to expedite the digitization of our economic system;
  • Incentivizing the build-out of economic and business enterprises within the rural areas particularly, in an effort to take jobs and alternatives to the individuals.

As all the time, I stay absolutely dedicated to the development of the individuals of St. Kitts and Nevis in each sphere of human endeavour.

Yours sincerely

Dr the Hon Timothy Harris Prime Minister

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