The St. Kitts Christian Council and the St. Kitts Evangelical Association have expressed their strong concerns, describing the situation in St. Kitts and Nevis, as one of a national crisis.
It was on Friday 1st February, 2013, just days ago, that the leading private sector business organization, the Chamber of Industry & Commerce, (CIC), also joined a growing chorus of organizations and individuals that have been demanding that urgent priority be given to the Motion of No Confidence, ahead of any other business, including the much delayed Budget.
In their Open Letter to the Prime Minister, dated 3rd February, 2013, the Evangelical Association and the Christian Council, told Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, we “Call upon you to bring to parliament and have debated the Motion of No Confidence without further delay and before any other business is brought to the parliament. This we believe to be in the best interest of our nation at this very trying time. Mr Prime Minister, we solicit your immediate attention and action to this matter as we consider it of highest priority and urgency.”
The religious bodies reminded the Prime Minister, “Sir, as was also shared with you at our recent meeting, the constitution makes provision to address and respond appropriately to this political crisis.”
The leaders of the church organizations have also indicated that they recently met with the Prime Minister and two of his former Cabinet colleagues, in the persons of former Deputy Prime Minister, Sam Condor and former Senior Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris. In their deliberations with the Prime Minister, the Christian Council and Evangelical Association, pointed out that “subsequent to separate meetings with you and then with the Hon Sam T Condor, (then Deputy Prime Minister) and Hon Timothy Harris (former Senior Minister), your two most senior ministers, coupled with recent developments with reference to the resignation of the Hon Sam Condor from your Cabinet and the passage of the Senators Bill, which have further heightened this political tension in our nation, we are of the firm view that we are facing a serious political crisis.”
The letter was signed by the Rev Nasel W Ephraim Chairperson of the St. Kitts Christian Council and Bishop Ron E Dublin-Collins, PresidentSt Kitts Evangelical Association.
There has been no reaction to date from the Government but in previous discussions, the Prime Minister and others within his Cabinet have suggested that there are other and more urgent matters that must be brought to parliament before the Motion of No Confidence. They have also indicated that “the Motion has to wait in line”.
However, former Attorney General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Tapley Seaton QC, indicated in a radio interview on Monday morning (4th February, 2013), that the convention or practice in the entire Commonwealth of nations, of which St. Kitts and Nevis is a member, demands that when there is a Motion of No Confidence that has been filed against a government, it should be given the highest of priority and dispatched with, with the greatest urgency.
Mr. Seaton was the first and longest serving Attorney General of St. Kitts and Nevis, serving from 1980, and continuing at the time of the attainment of political independence for the country in 1983, until 1995.