by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The People’s Action Movement’s 58th Anniversary was celebrated on Thursday, January 19, 2023, and Party Leader – Hon. Shawn K Richards said the People’s Action Movement is not only celebrating a long history but its accomplishments over the years.
“Perhaps, our first point of pride is the resilience that this movement has shown. We have had some tremendous achievements, but we have also experienced very daunting challenges. Yet, we have pulled through and summoned our collective will to continue to strengthen the People’s Action Movement.”
Richards suggests that the People’s Action Movement will rise to success again, adding that the legacy of the party was designed to put people first.
“Our Movement powered by the solidarity force of our people has always understood and shown that we must work together to ensure our success. We have done it before and we will do it again. Our nation needs us and we will always show up to answer that call. Our legacy has never been about celebrating the party’s wins if people are still struggling to make ends meet. Regardless of where we have been on this 58th-year journey, we have always adhered to our core belief that a nation’s gains start with its people and our legacy demonstrates that our policies have always been designed to put people first by implementing visionary approaches to policy development that would benefit for generations to come.
Notwithstanding that there are challenging times, Richards encouraged the Government of St.Kitts and Nevis to respond to the needs of the people and fulfil the promises made during the 2022 election campaign. He further expressed that the People’s Action Movement will remain steadfast and ensure to either interrogate or support any decisions made. Equally, the people of St. Kitts and Nevis should assist each other in times of need.
“The People’s Action Movement is forever grateful for your undying loyalty and for your interest in the development of our beloved nation. Wherever we are in this country’s governance structure, we will take our roles seriously. In the interest of all of our people, we will challenge faulty policies. We will interrogate when necessary and we will support whatever is good for St.Kitts and Nevis. We will always be a voice of reason and an advocate of fairness and advancement. Our promises to you, the people, remain steadfast, “people first” and while we hope, wait and call on the Government to catch up to the needs of the people, I continue to urge us to do what we can for each other. In times of recession, our relief is our capability to bond together to protect each other and be our brother’s keeper. We must therefore continue to be mindful of the needs of our people and reach out to assist in any area that we can.”
Richards said the People’s Action Movement will continue to work and drive because its strength, resilience and commitment are first and always to each other and to the cause of St. Kitts and Nevis.