PM Douglas revokes appointment of Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris

Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris

ZIZ News.. Jan 26 2013—The appointment of the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris as a Minister in the Labour Party government has been revoked.

This was made known on Friday night in a broadcast to the nation aired on ZIZ Radio and Television.

In speaking of recent pronouncements by Minister Harris in the public, the Prime Minister said it is completely within the right of the Senior Minister Harris or any Member of Parliament to hold and express views contrary to the Government or the Party of which he is a part. The Constitution provides for freedom of speech and it is not my intention to muzzle anyone. However, when differences between a Party or Government and one of its members are of such a fundamental nature that it could undermine the ability of Government to discharge its obligations to the people it serves, then the leadership of the Government has a duty to take action in the interest of the Government and people it serves. The need for action in the case of Senior Minister Harris is even more acute in view of his activities and statements aimed at undermining the programmes and initiatives of the Government.

It is in this context that I have, today, asked His Excellency the Governor General to revoke the appointment of the Honourable Timothy Harris as a Minister of Government and he has acted accordingly, in keeping with the provisions of the Constitution.

The Prime Minister also asked His Excellency the Governor General to issue new Instruments to effect the following appointments: The Honourable Patrice Nisbett has been appointed Minister of Justice, Legal Affairs, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Hence, he has been assigned some of the portfolios previously held by the Honourable Timothy Harris.

The Honourable Nigel Carty has been appointed Minster of Education, Information, Agriculture, Marine Resources and Cooperatives.

I have advised His Excellency the Governor General that the appointment of a new Senator to be assigned the portfolio of Attorney General will be necessary.

I will assume responsibility for the portfolio of Constituency Empowerment that was previously held by the Hon. Timothy Harris.

Prime Minister Douglas assured the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis

That he will do everything possible to ensure that the Government continues to honour and respect the trust and confidence placed in him.

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