… Parliament dissolved
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - PRIME MINISTER Dr. Timothy Harris had earlier today (May 10) fired six elected Ministers of the Team Unity construct for what he insinuated as dereliction of duty and, in the process, announced that Parliament was dissolved.
The six elected Ministers are those individuals who had affixed their signature to a letter sent to the Governor-General to have Dr. Harris removed as Prime Minister.
In a shocking announcement that is now the talk of the Federation, Dr. Harris indicated that the six elected Representatives have not been attending Cabinet and, as such, have abandoned their duties as Ministers.
He spoke to the absence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Shawn Richards, whom he noted skipped three months of Cabinet meetings.
“The protracted absence of the Honourable Shawn Richards from Cabinet over the past 91 days is a major breach of the Oath to which he swore following the June 2020 General Elections. Such prolonged absence is a dereliction of duty that is both inexcusable and intolerable…since the submission of the undated letter to his Excellency the Governor-General, which he received on April 21st, none of the CCM Representatives and one of the PAM Representatives have attended any meeting of the Cabinet,” revealed Harris.
That came as no surprise since the six Representatives wrote the Governor-General expressing that the Prime Minister does not command the majority support of the Cabinet.
In his National Address, the Prime Minister revealed that the Deputy Prime Minister’s post would be occupied by Eugene Hamilton.
He has since written to the GG reassigning the portfolios of those who are no longer Ministers.
“Deputy Prime Minister Hamilton will now have conduct of the department and subjects under the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Posts and Urban Development that had been previously assigned to the Hon. Richards. I am also to advise that I have asked His Excellency to revoke the appointments of the other Ministers who have thought it fit to disrespect the sacred trust that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis placed in the Government following a very successful general election campaign in 2020.
“...Wendy Phipps will assume the additional responsibility for Tourism and Transport, including Ports. The Hon. Attorney-General, the Hon. Vincent Byron, will assume the additional responsibility for Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Education, Youth and Sports. The Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett, in addition to her responsibilities, will have added the portfolio for Culture. The subjects of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Environment will be brought under the Ministry of Sustainable Development,” Harris explained.
The Government has been in turmoil since February after the Leaders of the People Action Movement and the Concerned Citizens Movement had taken to the public domain to voice their displeasure at decisions being made by the Prime Minister.
Dr. Harris reminded that the situation started when Mark Brantley and Shawn Richards leveled “scathing accusations” at the March Convention of the People’s Action Movement about the relationship of the triartitie Government.
The Prime Minister now has 90 days in which to call the General Elections.