Wednesday 31st August 2022 -- The recently elected Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Terrence Drew and his “New” Labour administration have now embarked on a systematic, hateful, vindictive and vengeful programme of victimization and harassment against hard working public sector officials. There only sin is that they were not known to be supporters of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. They are now all victims of Dr. Drew’s political vengeance which is clearly far from being magnanimous in victory.
Excellencies Ambassadors Jasmine Huggins and Ian Patches Liburd were terminated with immediate effect by Dr. Drew and the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Right Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas. Other persons affected by this policy of victimization are Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sustainable Development Mrs. Elretha Simpson Browne, Mr. Lenworth Harris, Chief Executive Officer of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, Magistrate Ms. Donna Harris, High Court Registrar Ms. Janine Harris-Lake and senior clerk of the High Court Registry Ms Oretha Grant. They were all unceremoniously forced to go on administrative leave without warning or reason.
Dr. Drew and his team ran a very divisive political campaign, demonizing all who opposed him. It is now clear that his New Labour administration is not about unifying and healing the country. This is self-evident, as he sends our nationals on forced leave or terminating their employment with immediate effect. This wave of tyranny that is being enforced is a direct attack against our constitutional human rights of freedom of conscience, expression, assembly and association which are enshrined in sections 11, 12 and 13 of our constitution. It also undermines the principle of the separation of powers with undue influence of the Executive on our Judiciary. This is also self-evident when officers and functionaries of the Court being targeted for political reasons.
Daily the political mobs take to social media and other outlets to demonize, defame and harass career civil servants such as Permanent Secretary of Education Vincent Hodge, the Commissioner of Police Mr. Hilroy Brandy and other hardworking men and women of the Royal St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force. They have been victims of such onslaughts.
A so called “Transition Team” that has no legal authority has been traumatizing and harassing civil servants, demanding information that they are not entitled to. All this to enact their petty political agenda of victimization and vengeance against the people. These acts by Dr. Drew’s “New” Labour administration are calculated to cleanse the public service, making it an arm of his party by replacing competent experienced professionals with political loyalists and zealots.
Democracy and good governance are once again under threat as they once were under the Dr. Douglas “Ole” Labour administration, and now under the Dr. Drew “New” Labour administration. It is just the same “ole” labour doing their same “ole” tricks. Instead of healing, uniting and moving the country forward, they are taking the country backwards to the old bad days of victimization.
Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris, our former Prime Minister and the Peoples’ Labour Party (PLP) condemn all of these acts of injustice. The people of St. Kitts and Nevis deserve better. All freedom loving people of the Caribbean must reject these dictatorial tendencies. We of the PLP are committed to upholding our Constitution, democracy, the rule of law and good governance. We will be the voice of the voiceless and provide strong leadership to protect the rights of the people.
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