By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Team Unity Coalition made up of the People’s Action Movement, the Concerned Citizens Movement, and the People’s Labour Party could have survived a second term despite the challenges they were facing immediately following the June 05, 2020, General Elections.
Lindsay Grant made that assertion when he said attempts had been made by PAM and CCM to prevent the fallout of the coalition.
“We are disappointed that the union, as was presented to the people in 2015, could not succeed further and go on for much longer. I am very disappointed with that because I might have been the last person who put my stamp of approval on it but I did that for several reasons…because I wanted to make sure that the players in it were very serious about unity…,” Mr. Grant said.
”When we were having our difficulties and challenges, one thing could have thwarted the division…if the Prime Minister, as he was asked, could have come forward and publicly say to the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis two things – “I am not going for a third term.” and “I will not run candidates where the PAM and CCM have candidates.”
Dr. Timothy Harris during church service is quoted as saying “I have said that I am committed to two terms in the office of the Prime Minister and I will be very ready to support Hon. Shawn Richards when that time comes and to bring all of my experience and knowledge to give him the strongest support so that he can continue to deliver a stronger and safer future.”
The Team Unity Coalition assumed office following the 2015 General Elections, taking seven of the eleven parliamentary in the country’s National Assembly. The St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party secured three seats and the Nevis Reformation Party secured one.
“Shawn Richards could have been the Prime Minister in 2015, he chose not to be as per our agreement. He could have been the Prime Minister in 2020 but to his detriment and on a matter of principle he let Timothy Harris be Prime Minister as agreed so I say Shawn Richards is a principle individual, there is nothing selfish about that. If he were selfish, he would have brought an end to it since 2020.
What happened is that the Prime Minister began eroding our constituencies. Let me be specific. In my constituency, we saw the PLP groups going around with a person who then said he was the prospective candidate for PLP and when this was posited to the Prime Minister he said ‘I don’t know what you are speaking about.’
PAM and the members of the CCM have since declared their intention to work together and form an alliance should they assume office following the National Assembly Elections expected to be called in the coming weeks.