PM Douglas tells Chamber President: “I will not pressure the Speaker” as he awaits the rulings of the Courts on the MONC
Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) — St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas told the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Damion Hobson, that his Government supports the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Curtis Martin, in awaiting the rulings of High Court and the Appeal Court in Motion of No Confidence.
“I will say to the President, to the Chamber and to all, as Prime Minister and Head of Government, I shall not in any way pressure the Honourable Speaker to table the Motion because the Court has to advise him on fundamental matters that he has brought to the Court for guidance,” said Prime Minister Douglas after the Chamber President raised the issue at the National Consultation on the Economy.
“When we consider it was stated by the Opposition that it was the debt restructuring strategy that led to the origin of the Motion of No Confidence, we continue to wonder if the Chamber and its President have their heads buried in the sand. Because you see, we continue very strongly to say that with the strategies employed by this government, we have achieved marvellous things together and so I emphasize for all to know that we continue to support the Honourable Speaker of our National Assembly for awaiting the decision of the court on fundamental matters on which he seeks guidance before he can table the Motion of No Confidence,” Prime Minister Douglas said.
Dr. Douglas noted that the Opposition has been boasting publicly, that they deliberately took the Motion of No Confidence matter to the court in order to deliberately delay the tabling of the motion by the Speaker of National Assembly, in order to give them time to put their house in order for the upcoming general elections.
“The Chamber needs to listen to all sides,” Prime Minister Douglas told the Chamber President, a well know supporter of the opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM).
Prime Minister Douglas told the Chamber president he is in disagreement with him and the private sector body of the notion that the non-tabling of the Motion of No Confidence in anyway, has undermined the economic progress of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“And if it has, imagine what it would have been having achieved what we have achieved to date and so I say again, let us put aside our political differences at this level and work together to move our great country forward.”