PM Douglas says his security is ‘very minimal’ and has never owned a firearm

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, arrives for the 2012 Independence Parade and is escorted by protocol officer, Cecelia Phipps (left) Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Colonel Patrick Wallace (second from the right) ad Commisioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Mr. C. G. Walwyn (right). Partly hidden is the Prime Minister’s ADC Captain Dr. Vance Gilbert. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)

BASETERRE, ST. KITTS, NOVEMBER 14TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says the security detail attached to him is “very minimal” and that he is a very peaceful man and has never owned a firearm.

He was at the time responding to a telephone caller who informed him of statements alleged to have been made by former minister Mr. G.A. Dwyer Astaphan on the weekend.

“The security that I have around me is very minimal. I am not certain what level of security (Dr. (the Rt. Honourable Sir Kennedy Simmonds) as prime minister had around him, but I know compared to what I see in other countries, the security that I have around me is exceptionally minimal and so I do not know what the former minister is referring to, according to the caller,” said Dr. Douglas.

“Do I have a firearm? I have never owned a firearm. I have never carried a firearm. There is no need for me to carry a firearm. There is no need for me to own a firearm. So if the former minister, according to the caller, is carrying a firearm, or has used his firearm, I am not in that league. I consider myself to be a very peaceful man and I don’t see any need to carry a firearm,” said Prime Minister Douglas during his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday.

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