BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Sept. 07.2018 – MINISTER of Public infrastructure, Ian Liburd has responded to allegations that his gun was found on the scene where his late son, Mikhail Liburd, was gunned down.
The report, which was purportedly posted on the social media page of the Opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), has drawn swift criticisms from the Minister.
Rising to address Parliament today, Liburd chastised the opposition for the report, describing it as “malicious, wicked and shameful”.
“For that reason, Mr. Speaker, I can only conclude that the actions of those opposite are abominable, wicked, detestable. But one should not be surprised, Mr. Speaker, because the member opposite from St. Christopher Six claims for a long time that he was ‘bad from since he born’”.
While criticizing the opposition MP, the Parliamentary Representative for Constituency One, questioned how the government can sit with their counterparts and have a discussion on the topic of crime when its leader made such statements.
“How can we, Mr. Speaker, in good conscience, how can we sit with the Opposition? How can we? How can we come together to fight the scourge of crime in this country Mr. Speaker when the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and its leadership perpetually promote this political tribalism?” Questioned Liburd.
The younger Liburd was gunned down in Pine Gardens as he approached the home in which he shared with a female.
Police confirmed days later that a gun was found on the scene of the crime; however, they did not state whether the gun was that of the Minister.
Meanwhile, the minister categorically denied owning any gun.
“It is sad, very sad Mr. Speaker that the political party of those on the Opposition benches has used the unfortunate and tragic loss of my son Mikhail, Mitch…to propagate falsehood, Mr. Speaker, by maliciously spreading an untrue statement on social media,” said Liburd.
The police force’s investigations into that incident are ongoing.