By: Erasmus Williams
Birmingham, England, October 18, 2019 – Nationals of St Kitts and Nevis living here have hailed the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) NextGen Agenda to rescue the twin-island federation from the demonic clutches of the Timothy Harris-led coalition government in the next elections.
At a Town Hall meeting Friday night, nationals also expressed concern about developments in St Kitts and Nevis including the widespread nepotism, the non-accountability of the government and the failures in almost all important sectors of the St Kitts and Nevis economy.
Nationals joined their counterparts in London and expressed opposition to the diabolical plans by the soon to be historic one-term Timothy Harris-led coalition to disenfranchise them without consultation.
At the Birmingham meeting it became very clear why Dr Harris wants to stop Kittitians and Nevisians who are registered to vote but who live overseas from exercising their fundamental and constitutional right in the upcoming general elections a few months away.
“The Harris coalition government has lost a lot of support. Our nationals are appalled by the widespread nepotism, the non accountability of the government, the failing healthcare system, non-investment in agriculture, the slowdown of the economy, the discontinuation of the laptop programme, the bribery scandal involving Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and British property tycoon Peter Virdee in the United Kingdom, among other things,” said St Kitts and Nevis Member of Parliament, Hon Konris Maynard following the well-attended town hall meeting.
Mr Maynard, the Parliamentary Representative for St Christopher 3 (West Basseterre) said nationals also congratulated the leadership of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) on its rebranding and training and transitioning of future leadership.
Commenting on the Townhall Meeting in London on Thursday night, Maynard said the nationals who live overseas “expressed their disappointment and outrage in the Government’s attempts to disenfranchise them, especially those who have property, pay taxes, visit regularly and who send back large remittances home.”
“They also spoke about the high cost of living in St Kitts-Nevis when they recently visited as well as the poor state of healthcare. They spoke about producing/growing more of our own food, expanding the tourism plant, and lamented on the fact that the good governance agenda has been abandoned by Timothy Harris coalition government,” said Maynard.
He said both meetings were informed of the NextGEN agenda to return St Kitts and Nevis to #1 and how the Labour Party has used the last four and a half years to reflect, revitalize, rebrand, reform and re-energise “ourselves to once again lead our nation to the next generation of development.”
A similar town hall meeting will take place in Ontario, Canada on October 20 at the Tropicana Community Services, 1385 Huntingwood Drive (off McCowan Road), Scarborough, Ontario. The meeting begins at 6.30 p.m.
Featured speakers will be Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas, the Hon Konris Maynard, Dr Terrance Drew, the SKNLP candidate for St Christopher 8 and His Excellency Steve Wrensford, the SKNLP candidate for St Christopher 4.