by Staff Editor
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the People’s Action Movement Honourable Shawn Richards sounds the alarm on the state of the Team Unity Administration following a second stakeholder meeting held on Thursday (April 14).
In an address to the nation following yesterday’s meeting, Richards expressed his disappointment in the actions taken by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris to address several issues related to government business.
The Team Unity administration has now held two meetings with the aim of settling issues ranging from governance, transparency, distribution of Citizenship By Investment revenue and housing.
“When we met at the first meeting, PAM and CCM made their positions clear on several issues, and we thought that it was both fair and reasonable to give some time to the Prime Minister to consider the matters and to report back to us today. However, while there was some minor progress on a few issues, it was not what the country needed for an urgent resolution. Unfortunately, the gulf between what is required to save the partnership and the preferences of the Prime Minister remains large and troubling,” Richards said.
Richards expressed his disappointment in the fraying thread of the country’s administration and is turning inward to his PAM members for input and support.
“I have to report that there is no meaningful platform on which we can build within the present system, and with original promises of good governance broken, our faith and trust continue to be diminished; we continue to search even as we speak for the true prospects of real unity. I have decided, as leader of PAM, to meet immediately with my caucus in an emergency session. I will duly report to them in detail about what transpired today and seek input on all the issues,” Richards added.
PAM and the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) Leader Mark Brantley have submitted roadmaps for change, but the outcomes to this point are unfavourable.
Richards said, “both the leaders of PAM and CCM presented reasonable proposals that we felt would have adequately addressed important issues of national interests, such as good governance transparency and accountability. But it turned out to be a bridge too wide for the Prime Minister to cross. We still could not see eye to eye on the decisive steps that are needed to ensure that repairs are undertaken to address the broken-down trust.”
Watch the Deputy Prime Minister’s entire address here: