BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - ONE day after his colleague was embroiled in a video controversy where members of the COVID-19 Task Force were berated, Education Minister Jonel Powell is publicly denying involvement in the incident.
The latest video making rounds across the Federation shows officers being berated by a male, questioning their conduct while they were perform their duties in a public space.
In the video, three officers - two males and a female - could be seen relaxing and talking while the individual who was recording them questioned “how government employees act in St. Kitts”.
The female officer then made a call to her superiors, complaining of the manner in which “a Minister” is behaving while they provide security at a party in the Bird Rock area.
Minister Powell took to social media today (Jan. 11) denying his involvement in the incident, writing in part that he has been made aware of a video and “categorically state that the voice heard in the video is Not mine”.
“I have been made aware of a Video currently being circulated on social media.
“I would like to categorically state that the voice heard in the video is NOT mine, nor was I, at anytime, in an altercation with the police.
“I have had no altercation with any police officer and was not even in the presence of the officers when the recorded incident occurred.
“I would like to thank all of those persons who have shown their confidence in me and have corrected those who thought otherwise,” the full text of the Minister’s denial reads.
Though the full context of the videos has not been given, it is alleged that Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant berated the officers.
In one instance, the officers were purporting to stop the party he was at because persons were allegedly not following all the appropriate COVID-19 guidelines upon entry.
No comment has yet been forthcoming from any other government official on this matter.
SKNVibes reached out to Minister Grant for a comment but was unsuccessful up to publication time.
Commissioner of Police, Hilroy Brandy had recently commented on the situation and told WINN FM that they would be looking into the incident reports to make a determination of the matter.
"I cannot give you a comment now because I have not gotten all the facts before me. I am waiting for all the officers that were present to submit their report so that I can study what they wrote and see what decision will have to be taken if any," the Top Cop was quoted as saying.