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ST KITTS & NEVIS PM FIRES 6 GOV’T MINISTERS, DISSOLVES PARLIAMENT

The people of Saint Kitts and Nevis will soon return to the polls. This after Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris announced a drastic Cabinet reshuffle and the dissolution of parliament.

This comes after months of infighting within the Team Unity administration.

In a national address which was broadcast earlier today, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris said he has always been driven by the belief that politics is about people and putting policies in place to ensure that their lives are better.

He said the future of all Kittitians and Nevisians could be stronger and safer if those in public office commit to putting country above self.

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“Unfortunately, over the past few months, the people of St. Kitts and Nevis have been subjected to increasingly strange and irrational behaviour by certain members of the People’s Action Movement (PAM) and the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM).”

According to the Prime Minister, this strange and irrational behaviour began during a PAM convention. Where Mark Brantley who was the guest speaker, along with PAM political leader Shawn Richards, levelled “scathing criticisms” about the relationship between members of the tripartite movement.

Harris said he has listened to and taken note of the people’s complaints about the irresponsible behaviour of some elected officials.

He said throughout this process he has been reasonable and resolute in his commitment to ensuring that the government was functioning in the best interest of citizens.

“It is for this reason that I have taken the difficult, but necessary step, to remove from their positions, those who have shown a disinterest in their duties. I have asked His Excellency to re-assign their portfolios to members who are willing and able to deliver for you. Yesterday, I asked His Excellency the Governor-General, Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton, to remove the Hon Shawn Richards from the Office of Deputy Prime Minister. In his stead, I have advised His Excellency to appoint the Hon Eugene Hamilton to the Office of Deputy Prime Minister. Hon Hamilton has been steadfast and responsible in discharging his duties as Minister of the portfolios assigned to him. I have also advised His Excellency to revoke the appointment of Hon Richards as a Minister of Government and to reassign his portfolios to the Hon Eugene Hamilton. Deputy Prime Minister Hamilton will now have conduct of the Departments and Subjects under the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Posts and Urban Development that had been previously assigned to the Hon Richards.”

Prime Minister Harris didn’t stop there though. Q “I have asked His Excellency to revoke the appointments of the other Ministers who have thought fit to disrespect the sacred trust that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis placed in the Government following our very successful General Election Campaign in 2020.”

Among those also stripped of their appointment as government Ministers: Mark Brantley- Foreign Affairs Lindsay Grant- Tourism Jonel Powell- Education Alexis Jeffers- Agriculture Eric Evelyn Wendy Phipps will assume the additional responsibility for Tourism and Transport, including the Ports.

Attorney General, the Vincent Byron will assume the additional responsibility for Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Education, Youth and Sports. The Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett, in addition to her responsibilities, will have added the portfolio for Culture.

The subjects of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Environment will be brought under the Ministry of Sustainable Development.

Harris said he is confident that the government will continue to deliver the goods and services to the people as they have over the last seven years.

In addition to reshuffling the Cabinet, Prime Minister Harris announced that parliament will be dissolved effective today (May 10, 2022.)

A date for the elections has not yet been announced.

“In the meantime, the Government continues to function and it will do so in an orderly, efficient and effective manner,” Harris said. “These were not decisions taken lightly, but they were essential to put this period behind us and focus on delivering a better future for all the people. Decisions like these require real leadership. Real leadership is about putting people first. It is about delivering a strong, and safer future for them. That is why I have taken the decisions that I have today in the best interest of the public.”

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