St Kitts Opposition plans protest in support of no confidence motion
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – The main opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM) says it plans to stage a street demonstration on Friday in support of calls for the St Kitts-Nevis Parliament to debate a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Douglas said that the motion, filed by the Opposition Leader Mark Brantley, would only be debated in keeping with the legislative agenda that has already gone to the Parliament.
“All of the players who are a part of the administration of the Parliament will come in play in determining where things fall on the agenda,” he said on his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister”.
Brantley has said that the motion of no confidence should take precedence over the increase in Senators legislation, which is now being debated in the parliament.
But Dr Douglas dismissed the suggestion saying “it has to be heard, but it cannot be heard and everything else drop beside it. It does not work like that.
“The budget session was already announced before the vote of no confidence motion was placed and I am certain that it will find its rightful place on the legislative agenda at the right time.
“There should be no fear that someone is going to try not to have this matter brought to parliament. The matter has to be brought to the parliament; there are procedures and processes to be followed, for it to be brought to the parliament. Those who wish it to be heard in parliament must bring it to the parliament and then it will be heard.”
However, PAM’s leader Shawn Richards said the party intends to continue its public pressure until the motion is given the priority and heard in the parliament.
Richards accuses the government of hiding behind “all sorts of administrative procedures and using all types of tactics to delay the hearing”.
Regarding the prime minister’s statement that the motion would be debated in keeping with the legislative agenda, Richards said the comment could be interpreted to mean that he is suggesting that the matter has not yet been brought to the parliament.
The PAM said the protest “will again demonstrate to the Prime Minister that he no longer commands the support and confidence of the members of parliament and more importantly the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“PAM continues to hold the position that because of the poor state of the economy and the high cost of living, mixed with the high cost in electricity, proposed increases in the cable television rates, and the huge national debt, the Prime Minister is no longer favoured by the majority of citizens.”