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AG Byron threatens St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party for distributing food packages to needy; says government agency must do it

By Erasmus Williams

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Photo showS distribution and packaging prior to the re-introduction of the 24-hour curfew

(PRESS RELEASE) – St Kitts and Nevis’ Attorney General Sen the Hon Vincent Byron Jr has threaten strong action against the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) for distriibuting food packages to the elderly and poor persons.and said the packages must be given to a government agency for distribution.

“As regards to those who are giving out care packages, we would appeal to good sense, common sense. We believe that if one wants to do so, they should do so through the National Emergency Operations Centre,” Byron said at a COVID-19 media briefing.

“People or individuals cannot take it upon themselves to go out in the community to disburse packages,” said Byron.

“We would demand and if necessary enforce that this be done through the National Emergency Operations Centre,” said the attorney general.

Last week, the opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party launched the first phase of the “Next-Gen SKN Care initiative and began the distribution of 1000 care package food baskets to the most severely impacted during this economic lockdown.

The package includes essential goods for household use – Vienna sausages, tuna, rice, macaroni and cheese, flour, oats, milk, Ovaltine, tea bags, sugar, mix drinks, bleach, soap, masks and many other everyday products to provide major relief to the residents.

Deputy Leader of St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Hon Marcella Liburd said that the initiative would provide support to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, those laid off from jobs and single mothers along with the people with minimum wages.

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