Harris who has already been tagged by his opposition colleagues to be the next prime minister, if they are successful at the upcoming elections, told the congregation at a recent church service that they have come together in a historic break with the old tribal politics of partisan divide, to create a better country redounding to the benefit of generations to come.
Dr Harris promised a new chapter of democracy and good governance, reminding the members of the church that Team Unity comprises three (3) political parties namely People’s Labour Party (PLP), People’s Action Movement (PAM) & Concerned Citizen’s Movement (CCM).
Despite the past battles between these former rivals a historic move was made on 26th September, 2013, to formally launch the coalition of the three parties. Since then the joint group has been receiving what they describe as much traction and have managed to mobilize the base of their respective parties.
So strong has been the new grouping, said a supporter, that even the former Prime Minister, Dr. Sir Kennedy Simmonds himself has endorsed the initiative and was one of the many supporters of PAM and the PLP who were in attendance at the church service.
Harris told the large congregation on hand for worship at the Wesley Methodist Church, on Seaton Street, Basseterre, that in the tradition of the co-founder of Methodism, John Wesley, the Team Unity government will serve with humility and diligence.
He said the opposition pledges that with God’s help they intend to do the very best they can for the people and country.
He repeated the commitment to respond to the crises in the country with a new chapter of democracy and good government and that they will implement a prosperity agenda geared at putting the country to work again for all the people.
But he accepted that the battle is God’s, “hence we must take very seriously the pleading in the Book of Second Chronicles, once more, but this time at verse 14 of Chapter 7, which states, If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The politician encouraged everyone to put God first and foremost.
A large group of supporters accompanied the opposition members. The contingent from Team Unity included PAM’s current leader, Shawn Richards, former PAM leader Lindsay Grant, former Deputy Prime Minister and now Deputy PLP leader, Sam Condor, PAM’s Deputy Leaders Eugene Hamilton and Jonel Powell, and PAM candidate Ian Patches Liburd.
Former Minister of National Security in the Labour Administration Dwyer Astaphan and Richard Caines, who served as a junior Minister of Finance in the Simmonds government were there to give their support to the team.
The service was held on Sunday 9th February, 2014.