By The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas,
Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and former Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis (1995-2015)
July 1, 2020
My heart is heavy and spirit dampened after learning of the passing of Sir Everton Weekes. He lived an illustrious, highly regaled, cricket record-making life filled with dignity, regional honor and global sports impact.
On behalf of the members and leadership of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), I express heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to his family, friends, supporters and fans.
Beyond tears and sorrow, we celebrate an iconic legend known fondly for being one of the ‘Three Ws’: Walcott, Worrell and Weekes. He was part of the team that delivered a groundbreaking Test victory in 1950.
An exemplary grandfather, father, mentor, commentator, first class batsman and man of integrity is gone but his legacy will live on in our hearts for generations to come.
He scored far more off the cricket field in grace, guts and generosity than the 4, 445 runs, in 48 Tests with an average of 56.61 that he made for West Indies Cricket.
I celebrate this great Bajan brother and outstanding Caribbean superstar!
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
June 28, 2020
The battle to determine the will of the people is just beginning. War has been declared to save the democracy of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“Elections and the right to a free and fair voting process constitute, perhaps, the most important elements in the conception and practice of liberal democracy. We are not conceding.” These are the fighting words of Dr. Denzil Douglas, Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Ms. Marcella Liburd, Deputy Political Leader, Dr. Terrance Drew, Party Chairman, Mr. Konris Maynard, Steve Wrensford, Leon Natta-Nelson, Kenneth “Kenny” Douglas and the rest of the Labour Party membership, supporters and friends.
After careful and thorough examination of the election data, eyewitness accounts from residents and citizens as well as reports collected from Inside and Outside Agents which monitored the voting process, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is challenging the legitimacy of the People’s Labour Party’s (PLP) and People’s Action Movement’s (PAM) election and return results. Its investigation has uncovered shocking evidence alleging that the outcome of the June 5, 2020 election was greatly influenced by extensive corruption linked to a massive “land-for-votes” scheme in addition to substantial and significant electoral irregularities, breaches of the Electoral Office (without the intervention of the Electoral Commission) and bribery.
It was discovered, through eye-witness accounts, that in the weeks leading up to the General Election, the Ministry of Sustainable Development distributed over six hundred (600) parcels of land, with some persons receiving the same parcel or land, and with the expressed agreement that they must vote for the PAM’s/PLP’s candidates within specific constituencies. Very few individuals from the relevant government ministries were involved in this “land-for-vote” scheme. Applications and approvals were fraudulently derived as they did not go through the ordinary government process or administrative teams. In many cases, voters received their land approval letters either from the candidate themselves, or their campaign offices.
Some voters were given lands that were already owned by persons with houses on them, and others were given lands through developments that were created within two weeks of Election Day, without going through any procedure for establishment or approval.
Surveyors were seen surveying land lots even on Election Day. Hundreds of lots were given out in Sandy Point, where the Labour Party’s Ambassador Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Douglas contested the seat.
Of the appropriately 600 lots that were given out, at least 350 were distributed in the weeks and days leading up to the General Election across all the constituencies.
In the case of St. Christopher Three, a total of 113 persons appeared contrary to election laws. Many were added on the 2020 Voter’s Register in January and May of 2020.
Of that amount, the names of at least forty (40) persons were added to the list used for the General Election.
Also, at least 40 of these hidden additions were registrants originating from the Dominican Republic who live in Constituencies Number One and Two, but voted in Constituency Number Three. Some of these registrants obtained their citizenship in 2020, and some were not qualified to vote.
Even more chilling and egregious is the fact that Labour Party Candidate Konris Maynard had objected to those new registrants who appeared on the January 2020 list, but those objections were intentionally not given a hearing.
These alarming irregularities and activities undermine the political and democratic will of the people which is the sole authority that gives legitimacy to any government. It is not surprising that Mr. Maynard’s opponent won by 89 votes when the list was manipulated to illegally add 113 names of PLP’s supporters.
Election-rigging tactics were unleashed in a dramatic fashion. In Constituency Number Eight, which was contested by SKNLP candidate, Dr. Terrance Drew, over 50 names of Labour Party supporters were removed from the voter’s list in 2020 without due process.
Four (4) PAM voters were permitted to vote without their names being on the list. These too were objected to by Dr. Drew’s agent which was ignored and not recorded as required by law. They were allowed to vote against the law.
With the State of Emergency and lockdowns, the Labour Party was prohibited from uncovering these irregularities. However, when these dishonest tactics were exposed following Nomination Day, the Electoral Office was closed. This prevented persons from resolving their election issues and left with very little time to go to court to challenge the unlawful removal and transfer of names.
Individuals, who were not qualified or previously removed from the Poverty Alleviation Program (PAP), were added and given a lump sum retroactive payment in some cases dating from December 2019. These were only done after speaking to the candidates or the campaign team, where voters were told that their names would be added to the PAP list, only if they promised to vote for the PAM/PLP’s candidates.
As a result of that, it has been discovered that some voters now received three government’s grant payments: PAP, STEP and Pay-for-Peace.
A disgruntled and upset electorate began to reveal the claims made above when most discovered that they were sorely deceived and tricked into electing a corrupt and incompetent government.
Ultimately, alleged bribery, intentional electoral dishonesty and rigging strategies have distorted, watered down and influenced the true will of the people. While election fraud takes on a wide variety of forms, they cancel modern democracy, which was so valiantly and sacrificially fought for by our forebears, such as the Rt. Sir Robert L. Bradshaw and others.
The people of St. Kitts and Nevis deserve better. They deserve a fair and free democratic country. They deserve a new election where the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party can fairly compete on a level playing field.
Post-Election Address to the Nation By The Rt. Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party
June 8, 2020
There is nothing more rewarding than to lose yourself to a life of service to others. Such has been the resolute commitment of those titans of the Labour Party and the Labour Movement who have gone before us. Such has been my own resolute commitment having had the privilege of serving country and people for over thirty years. Such has been the resolute commitment of a new generation of candidates who were carefully chosen to stand for public office in this past General Election on June 5th. Ours was a race that was well fought and well run.
Today, I can say with utmost conviction that I am proud of our NextGen candidates who each represented what was best in all of us, with hearts for the people and love of service. I am proud of the campaign that we ran, where we took the time to engage in serious reflection, to apply the lessons of the past and to listen to what the people of St. Kitts and Nevis said that they wanted and expected of their leaders. As a result of such extensive consultation and self-reflection, our Party put together a set of comprehensive policies and plans that would enrich and empower the lives of every man, woman and child in this country; create a better normal for every category of worker and enhance the prospects of our local businesses and industries to thrive in the new post-COVID-19 environment.
It is in this vein that I want to thank and commend our slate of NextGen SKN candidates. To Marcella Liburd, Konris Maynard, Dr. Terrance Drew, the Honourable Dr. Geoffrey Hanley, His Excellency Kennethy ‘Kenny’ Douglas, His Excellency Steve Wrensford and to Leon Natta-Nelson I want you to know that you will always be winners in my eyes and the eyes of the many persons whose lives you touched across the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. You have all fought the good fight and you finished the race with grace, honour and integrity.
I would also like to thank the army of young people and our young women in particular. These emerging leaders virtually took charge of our campaign and helped to shape and define the NextGen Agenda. As the main beneficiaries of the people empowerment policies of our former administration you showed us that our labour was not in vain and I look forward to each and every one of you doing exploits in the name of service, truth and justice in our society. Do not be discouraged and do not let any obstacle that is put in your path hinder you from pursuing and realizing your highest and noblest dreams and aspirations, knowing that the call to serving your fellow countrymen and women is the highest calling of them all. It is because of the massive support of our young people that I have every confidence that the obituary of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party will NEVER be written.
The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party from its inception has always commanded the love and respect of the vast majority of the people of this country and Election 2020 was no exception. In fact, it bore witness to a surge of enthusiasm among voters that propelled one of our newest candidates, the Honourable Dr. Geoffrey Hanley to victory as the Member of Parliament representing Constituency #1. It also led to a significant narrowing of the margin that has brought the Chairman of the Pary, our caring Dr. Terrance Drew even closer to eventual victory.
So to our supporters I want to say a heartfelt thank you, thank you, thank you. I know that many of you lent of your support and activism at great risk in the environment of fear, intimidation and victimization that has characterized the Harris-led coalition. I know that some of you are very concerned for your future in face of a further five years of a vindictive administration. I want to give you the assurance that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is here for you and shall always stand with you and stand up for you in the challenges that may lie ahead. We shall fight, tooth and nail, from the mountains to the seas, from the East to the West to ensure that no systemic suffering comes to our people. I thank all of you for your love and support.
I remain deeply disturbed that the hope, prosperity and opportunity that lay in wait under a NextGen SKN Labour Party has been hijacked in large measure by the many irregularities and anomalies that took place in our electoral and voting processes in the years, months, weeks and days leading to the general election. It is for these reasons that I cannot in good conscience concede the election as being free, fair and free from fear.
Along with the prejudicial environment that sought to give our competitors an unfair advantage, the Unity administration committed many irregularities which limited the rights of citizens in the voting process.
There have been serious, significant irregularities in the process which we believe have affected the results. We are collating the reports from the various polling agents of the Party and will report back in short order. In the meantime keep your chins up, your heads high and rally with your NextGen SKN team.
The will of the people is the only source of authority of government and no right-thinking person can objectively declare that Election 2020 was run based on the standards, principles and ethics of good governance. For these reasons, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party CANNOT accept the election results. We are in the process of examining and compiling evidence with a view to taking serious action on these matters in the future. I therefore reserve my congratulations until these matters have been duly resolved.
Finally, I wish to say to my beloved people of our Federation that the next five years will not be easy as St. Kitts and Nevis, one of the smallest countries in the world by population, struggles to find its new footing in the present post-COVID-19 global environment. However, I remain confident that the invincible spirit, intelligence, resourcefulness and resilience of our people will take us through even this, our darkest hour, to brighter days.
To my fellow comrades, I say HOLD STRAIN! We have a righteous wind at our backs. Let us continue to trust that God will see us through and work everything out for our good. During these perilous times, the St. Kitts-Nevis Party stands resolute and unswerving in our commitment to doing all the good we can do, which is our sacred mission. We have every intention to continue to pursue our people empowerment agenda.
We will continue to fight for our people’s justice. We cannot allow our election principles, processes and procedures to be compromised. True democracy must flourish in our Federation!
I thank you.
May God bless you.
May God bless the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Reportedly, “two St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) board members have been removed from the Board after they refuse to affix their signature to a loan for $81 million from the Social Security Scheme”.
The allotted sum of $40 million is said – was set aside to repair and pave in concrete the Apron at Robert L. Bradshaw Airport.
Jimmy Pistana has reportedly handed in his ID to SCASPA yesterday June 3, 2020.
The question must be asked why the push to have this large amount of money in some people’s hands? Why the rush to conduct government business days before the general election?
Meanwhile, former chairman of the People’s Action Movement (PAM), attorney Chesley Hamilton has given his endorsement to the NextGen SKN candidates of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Pary (SKNLP).
He pointed to several issues including freedom of information, integrity in public life, and electoral and constitutional reform.
“That is why I believe that the NextGen SKN candidates like Dr Terrance Drew and Konris Maynard – guys who have distinguished themselves before they come into government. They are not afraid to speak truth to power,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton said the NextGen candidate Leon Natta-Nelson, who is challenging the incumbent Dr Timothy Harris for the St Christopher 7 seat, “has challenged the powers that be before he even gets into government. When a civil servant takes on the structure and take court action and win, that is the type on conceit you want in a leader. That is what you want in a leader, a young person who decides to take public office. I prefer these guys.”
June 4, 2020
Dr. Denzil Douglas and his NextGen SKN Team are ready, prepared and excited about the prospect of winning the General Elections on June 5, 2020. Dr. Douglas is seeking to mentor the next generation of young leaders to take the Federation to unprecedented heights of economic growth and prosperity one village at a time. His persuasive message to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis is simple: “This Election is all about You”.
Despite the many attempts being made by the outgoing Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris to rig the elections to give his regime an unfair advantage, the Labour Party is still poised to win more constituencies in St. Kitts than any of its rivals. In Nevis, the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) is also riding a high wave based on polling projections and the mood of the people in Nevis and across the Federation.
The NextGen SKN team has promised to deliver several practical initiatives in the first 100 days on taking office in the post-COVID era. These policies are aimed at people empowerment and creating an enabling environment for businesses large and small to thrive in the present environment. The NextGen SKN Labour Party will:
- Restore the vibrancy of the economy and stimulate growth again; it will put the economy to work for our people by providing opportunities for investment and wealth creation.
- Build and empower small businesses to ensure economic empowerment for all by:
a) Implementing a “Start from Zero” Package providing duty-free concessions on furniture, tools and equipment, even a company vehicle. This will be facilitated by a new Ministry of Small Enterprise.
b) Establishing a fund of $25 million in the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis to provide grants and loans to existing small businesses. The amount and terms of such loans and grants will be conditional on the number of persons that would be employed or re-employed by the enterprise.
c) Establishing a guarantee scheme through the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) or through a special state-sponsored vehicle to guarantee loans required by small businesses in order to restart operations and meet their immediate working capital requirements.
- Institutionalize Diaspora engagement in order to enlist the active citizenship and participation of our overseas nationals in local investment opportunities and community development projects.
- Attract economic activity to every constituency and village to create jobs and business opportunities at the community level. This will be done by exploiting the natural endowments and rich heritage of each community.
- Implement economic relief measures to ease the squeeze during these difficult times, where so many are now unemployed or are receiving little to no income, such as:
a) One Duty-Free car for every adult citizen;
b) Providing a credit note of $3000 that can be used to pay electricity bills, water bills, NHC rents and mortgages and other obligations to the Government in the upcoming months
c) Providing a monthly stipend to workers who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 from $1,000 per month to $1560 per month which is equivalent to the minimum wage of $360 per week.
In speaking to the pressing needs of citizens and residents at home and in the Diaspora, Dr. Douglas and the NextGen SKN candidates have pledged to humbly serve the people with integrity and honour. The NextGen Agenda for Prosperity and Good Governace will ease the burdens of all citizens especially our students, farmers and fisherfolk, civil servants, police and security personnel, nurses, small business owners and self-employed professionals, hotel and restaurant workers and owners, taxi drivers, single fathers and single mothers, sports people, entertainers and those who hustle daily to eke out a living selling home-made products, food, drink and condiments.
Dr. Douglas, in an exclusive statement said that “Decision 2020 will be one of the most important that our people will ever make. They must decide what kind of country that they want to wake up to on Saturday morning on June 6th. They deserve to wake up to a country where our citizens can be free from fear and oppression as a result of rampant nepotism, corruption, victimization and intimidation. They deserve to wake up to a country where hope, excitement and opportunity abound and that would unleash the full potential of our citizens. They deserve to wake up to a country where our young people have a seat at the table in the policy and decision making processes at the highest level and where they can apply their creativity, energy and ideas towards nation building. They deserve to wake up to an economy that is vibrant and thriving and where our businesses can prosper once again and our workers are well taken care of and empowered”.
“Over the last five years our opponents have been all about themselves. They have used the powers accorded to them by state to advance their own self-interest and to line the pockets of themselves, their families and select cronies and friends.
In this next General election, I want say to the people “vote your interest by voting for the NextGen SKN St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party because our next term will be all about you! Vote for the caring hand of Labour.”
Marcella Liburd’s contribution to our Federation’s survival and progress over the years will continue to put Constituency #2 back on track.
These are the toughest times we have faced over the past 75 years and I believe the training and experience that I have gained over the years in private and public life will continue to be a vital contribution to our Federation’s survival and progress.
One of the first things I plan to do is to help our retirees and senior citizens by offering retirement packages to all retired and elderly persons.
I will also provide help and educational opportunities for young men and women, especially single mothers and at-risk youth.
As soon as possible, we will introduce a programme to create opportunities for disabled persons to earn an independent living.
There will be a new program of tax exemptions and fiscal incentives for small businesses.
We will provide jobs for the unemployed and under-employed in community cleanup, graffiti removal, recycling, landscaping, culinary arts, sports, carpentry, construction, small business, farming, poultry production, and the restoration of street signs.
For young people, especially those that have the talent, there is a need to develop it as fully as possible. To this end, we will create the Akeem “Superman” Moore Music Foundation.
Within our first 100 days, we will start work on completing Phase 2 of the renovation of the Gardens Playfield and we will rename the stands.
I will be pushing for the creation of a semi-professional football league.
The NextGen SKN – St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) will upgrade the James Barman Hanley center at Dorset Park to provide more space for youth activities, a hurricane shelter, and learning centre.
NextGen SKN Manifesto – It’s all about you!
Reasons why Constituency No.2 should not consider Jonel Powell
- Jonel was found guilty of ‘misappropriating funds’ from a client. By the end of June 2020, he is expected to be disciplined and may be disbarred from practicing law “for misusing his client’s money.”
- Jonel is morally and ethically disqualified from being put in charge of the money belonging to 55,000 taxpayers and their families. If Jonel cannot be trusted with one man’s million, how can he be put in charge of a country’s finances and other resources?
- Jonel cannot be trusted. He tried to get a man to pay him US$300,000 “in escrow” apparently, to pay down on the parking lot in the Pelican Mall-Port Zante area. That was when he and his partner, Lindsay Grant were scrambling to find money to apparently “replace the client’s money they had misappropriated.”
- Three months ago Jonel planted palm trees in his Constituency. He claimed at the time, that he was starting a tree planting exercise, three months later, [today] these same trees are almost dead from neglect.
Since Jonel cannot take care of palm trees; Will he be able to care for Constituency No.2? Absolutely No. Jonel will neglect and ignore the people if elected.
PUBLIC PRESSURE BY THE LABOUR PARTY AND NGO COALITION FORCES OFFICIALS TO RECOMMEND HEALTH PROTOCOLS FOR GENERAL ELECTION
June 2, 2020
The voices of many or the power of the people can make things happen. The outgoing Harris-led coalition regime, which is bent on holding on to power at all cost is being forced to yield to public pressure amidst widespread condemnation of the undemocratic practices that are taking place in the run-up to the June 5th General Election.
The NGO Coalition (St. Kitts Christian Council, St. Kitts Evangelical Association and St. Kitts Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce) had written to Mr. Timothy Harris indicating that it does not have the local resources to participate and report as observers on polling day.
On May 28, 2020, OAS Secretary General, H.E. Luis Almagro wrote to Dr. Denzil Douglas in response to letter that he had sent as Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. The OAS Secretary General shared that the government had disinvited his team of observers who were funded, tested for COVID-19 and ready to travel to the Federation as observers.
The St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party continued to apply heavy pressure by applying for several injunctions in the High Court. It has also vigorously advocated for CARICOM, Commonwealth and OAS officials to be allowed into the Federation to monitor and assess the electoral and voting processes on Election Day.
With only three more days to Election Day, and with mounting pressure from voters, Dr. Hazel Laws, Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Cameron Wilkinson, Medical Chief of Staff recently announced health protocols to accommodate a CARICOM Election Observer Mission in St. Kitts and Nevis. The health requirements as announced are:
- The team members will be escorted to Ocean Terrace Inn Hotel (OTI), Government designated quarantine site upon landing at RL Bradshaw Airport via the RSS aircraft.
- The team members will be immediately screened (temperature etc.) and relevant naso-pharyngeal sample taken for molecular (RT-PCR) test by Next Generation Lab (local Laboratory).
- The team members will be accommodated at Government designated quarantine site (Ocean Terrace Inn Hotel) for the duration of visit or for 14 days whichever is longer.
- The team members will be attired in appropriate PPE (personal protective gear) when they are executing their duties and responsibilities at the various polling stations and interacting with local stakeholders groups/civil society.
- The team members will be transported to and from election sites/polling stations in an assigned vehicle (preferably a bus to facilitate physical distancing). At least two specific drivers will be assigned to the team. These two drivers will be monitored for COVID-19.
This sudden turn of events demonstrates the important role that citizens and actors in civil society can play in the defense of national values and standards of transparency and accountability in order to protect the democratic interests of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
June 2, 2020
The economic fallout of the COVID-19 threatens the entire global financial and economic structure and could push hundreds of millions of people below the poverty line. The Head of the IMF has warned that the IMF “anticipates the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression.” She has advised that “Governments should spend as much as they could afford and more but keep the receipts.”
In response to the imperatives of the post-COVID-19 pandemic which threatens the entire global financial and economic structure, the NextGen Labour Party has devised several fiscal and economic solutions that would bring relief to the financial burdens of the workers, pensioners, students and small businesses which have been egregiously affected by this crisis.
Dr. Denzil Douglas, Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, made several groundbreaking announcements during the Party’s Virtual Public Meeting held June 1, 2020. According to Douglas, the NextGenSKN Labour Government, within 21 days of assuming office will do the following:-
- Pay an honorarium of 2 month’s salary to all COVID-19 frontline workers including all nurses, policemen and other medical and security personnel.
- Pay a 15% increase to all Government employees and pensioners retroactive from January 1, 2020.
- Increase the monthly stipend to workers who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 from $1,000 per month to $1560 per month which is equivalent to the minimum wage of $360 per week.
- Give every household a credit note of $3000 which they would be able to use to pay their electricity bills, water bills, NHC rents and mortgages and other obligations to the Government in the upcoming months.
- Relieve our students and past students of their monthly payments of principal and interest to the Development Banks over the next 6 months. This will not be a moratorium but a forgiveness of the principal and interest payable over that period.
- Increase the minimum level of age and disability pension paid by Social Security by 81% from its current level of $430 per month to $780 per month, which is half of the monthly equivalent of the minimum wage.
- 7Establish a fund of $25 million in the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis to provide grants and loans to existing small businesses. The amount and terms of such loans and grants will be conditional of the number of persons that would be employed or re-employed by the enterprise.
- Establish a guarantee scheme through the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) or through a special state-sponsored vehicle to guarantee loans required by small businesses from their existing bankers to recommence operations and meet their immediate working capital requirements.
“The NextGenSKN has already commenced work in developing a long-term economic recovery programme with a view to correcting any long-term structural damage to our economy that may have been caused by the coronavirus pandemic, expanding local production and our income generating capability, enhancing food security, and building our resilience to similar economic shocks in the future,” concluded Dr. Douglas.
June 1, 2020
“I have examined all the persons available and I think that the Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is the best person to lead the country at this time and in all circumstances, especially post-COVID-19 and taking the country forward”. These words, uttered by H.E. Sam Condor, former Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, capture the main theme of a homecoming and reconciliation event organized by the NextGen SKN Labour Party on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
During this interview, Dr. Denzil Douglas, flanked by Condor and Mr. Dwyer Astaphan, also a former Minister in the previous Douglas-led administration, engaged in a frank and candid discussion about the process towards healing of the relationship among long-time friends after a period of painful separation. “Lessons are learnt when friendships are broken. When friendship is repaired, there is no limit to what good can come from it,” said Douglas. “Reconciliation is important to the Labour Party, in order to assist it in healing…The concept of NextGen speaks to inclusiveness, as much as being modern, visionary and futuristic. We could not seriously advance all these things unless we went through this period of reconciliation and renewal …If the Party is to regain its former strength and glory, we must make sure that the factors which led to its weakening situation must be looked at and corrected. It is about building from where we were to where we need to be in the future. This is critical,” exclaimed the veteran political leader when asked why reconciliation was so important at this time.
This message of reconciliation at this stage is quite significant in the run up to one of the most controversial elections that has been faced in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, which is taking place in an atmosphere of intimidation and subterfuge perpetrated by the very person that both Condor and Astaphan broke ranks with the Labour Party to support.
“This decision [to support Dr. Denzil Douglas] was not a difficult decision to make…The miscreancy, the bad governance of Team Unity have helped to make reconciliation all the more easier…I do not believe that Harris or anyone in that group can shepherd us through the difficulties that will come…I don’t think that Team Unity has anywhere near the capability and commitment…I think that Harris has failed miserably…He is not interested in a good governance agenda. He is only interested in self-indulgence and self-advancement and that of his close friends. At this time when the people really need the help and the guidance and the country needs to be structured [Harris] neither has the inclination, nor the ability to carry us there…Based on its trajectory, Team Unity, once re-elected will be a massive endangerment to the best interest of this country…Another five years will only add fuel to the mismanagement and corruption that is taking place,” Astaphan explained emphatically.
“Team Unity had a wonderful opportunity in 2015 and COVID-19 also presented an opportunity and they failed on both counts. They do not have the kind of leadership that our country needs at this time…Looking at the Manifesto and hearing the Labour Party candidates speak, the Labour Party is convinced that the governance agenda is critical…You are not hearing that, not even as an intent from the present government to address the questions of good governance,” said Ambassador Condor.
Douglas in his closing remarks seized the moment to extend the olive branch of forgiveness and reconciliation to all supporters who broke ranks. “Let us all come back together, Labour is open. Let us all do it together and in one accord, find the new good,” he concluded.
June 1, 2020
On Sunday May 31, 2020, Dr. Denzil Douglas and the NextGEN SKN team assembled an impressive fleet of vehicles that snaked through the island of St. Kitts for miles.
Supporters, well-wishers and their families lined the main road jumping, waving, dancing and chanting.
The public showcase of support began at Frigate Bay and ended up at Buckley’s after spending five hours on the road.
The LABOUR train of over 2,000 cars, buses, trucks and mini vans drove through each constituency with candidates accompanied by lively music sharing their vision and plans for their constituency and the Federation.
It was a festive atmosphere filled with excitement and revelry as Labour Party’s supporters displayed their solidarity. Most bystanders were full of joy while others were surprised. One on-looker commented that “Labour is going to take this one”.
A first-time voter told the crowd gathered that she is at home not working after finishing secondary school with seven subjects. “NextGEN! NextGEN!” she shouted. “There is no doubt that there is a wind of change blowing through the land. We red up the place today. The jubilation is real. The enthusiasm is alive. We have them,” she said.
A police officer indicated that the motorcade was relatively peaceful and that “for the most part supporters were calm, respectful and doing their thing.”
All the supporters declared that they have a positive view of Dr. Denzil Douglas and the NextGEN SKN team whom they are confident will bring prosperity, housing, jobs and business to the country.
“This is no small affair. See the size and scope? It is a big deal. Some people felt that with the public health concerns still in the air, supporters would have been afraid to brave the motorcade. Not so,” said Dr. Terrance Drew, SKNLP Candidate for Constituency #8.
If the motorcade itself could be used as a barometer for the voting strength of Party supporters and the desire for change, then the Labour Party train is certainly heading, full steam, towards a victory on Election Day.