(PRESS RELEASE) – Former prime minister and political leader of the opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), The Right Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas is to address the nation of St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday around noon.
Dr Douglas’ remarks will be streamed live of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) and carried by Kyss 102.5) FM.
He said made the disclosure on Tuesday night during his weekly call-in programme “Ask the Leader” on Kyss FM that he will speak.
However, responding to a question and comments during the radio programme, Dr Douglas said Tuesday’s roll out of stimulus and stabilisation measures to combat the economic and social implications as a resut of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic “have come very late,” and agreed with several callers that the government has not being accounatable and transparent with the people.
Agreeing with a caller that Dr Harris’ response ‘was a slow reaction,’ Dr Douglas said St Kitts and Nevis should not be waiting to get the first virius.
“One has to act promptly and take into consideration the possible effects on the people by shutting down businesses,” said Dr Douglas who pointed out that when the cruise line owners suspended their itineraries, many people were immediately displaced.
“Taxi and tour operators, hair braiders, vendors, bar owners and restauranteurs and their workers were among the first to get hit,” said Dr Douglas, who noted Port Zante has been turned into a ghost town.
In response to a caller’s assertion that Dr Harris’ has a reputation of not delivering, Dr Douglas said it was a concern.
“It is one thing to make lofty promises and nice sounding words, but in terms of implementation, it is something else. There is a reputation of sloppiness and crase inefficiency in the delivery of many of the government projects, large over-runs, selectivity and victimisation are being practiced,” said Dr Douglas, who pointed to severe criticism from callers on the government’s lack of accountability and transparancy.
“There appears to be attempts to hide information from the people,” said Dr. Douglas, who further noted that while the Premier of Nevis, Hon Mark Brantley has involved the opposition on that island in preparing Nevis for the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Federation’s prime minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris “seems mortally afraid” to involve the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) on St Kitts.
Several callers to the programme were critical of Prime Minister Harris for sidelining opposition parliamentarians.
“We would only give solid support and advice as to how to proceed in the management of a serious pandemic that brings people together and not separate them. The government is separating our people in terms of the expertise that is available to manage and get rid of this particular pandemic,” Dr Douglas said.