(ZIZ News) — Amid increasing accusations of political victimization across the Federation, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas has offered a very simple solution to the issue: Don’t change the government.
Dr. Douglas was responding to a contributor to Wednesday’s Conversations for Progress meeting in Sandy Point who was concerned that supporters and allies of the St. Kitts/Nevis Labour Party would suffer victimization if the government changed.
“I believe that the best way to ensure that there is no victimization is not to change the government. Because I think by now every single citizen in this country is aware of what has happened in the case of Nevi since the government was changed. Open, naked victimization and we are saying that in today’s world that cannot be right. Irrespective of the party that you support and vote for you should be able to live. And it is not right. And that is why we’re saying here on this particular question that the way to ensure that there is no victimization is not to change the government,” he said.
Dr. Douglas said it was even more important to keep a Labour government in power as certain opposition members have stated their intention to ‘sweep the house clean’ with reference to Labour supporters. Not even the Governor General, according to Dr. Douglas, would be safe from the threat of victimization.
“Apart from what we’re seeing in Nevis, Dwyer Astaphan in one of his articles made it clear that they are going to “sweep the house clean” after they have won, and specific mention was made of even the Governor General. In other words they have signalled that even the Governor General, His Excellency, is not secure in his job because he will also be removed after the elections are called and they were to win. So the best way to avoid confusion is to make sure that there is a continuation of the party in government especially since the party in government is doing a whole heap ah good,” he said.