The church service, which was held on Sunday, 21st November, was the first of a week of activities that have been planned to celebrate the parliamentarian’s achievements.
Harris who won his first campaign in 1993, told the gathering that his accomplishments were made possible because of the support they had given him during the 17 years.
“Each time I offered myself to the electorate of this constituency you considered me favourably. Truth be told, you considered me and voted for me overwhelmingly. Nearly three out of every four votes were mine in the last three elections – 2000, 2004, 2010…”
“For this, any representative of the people would be grateful, but more so would one who had approached you, not once, twice, three times, four times, but five times in succession (1993, 1995, 2000, 2004 and 2010),” the Minister said.
He went on to express that he was honoured and indebted to the constituency members because they chose to support him when faced with other options.
“I pledge always to serve you in humility and to the best of my God given talents, ability and capacity. Because of your faith and your trust in me, and your knowledge of me, you made me what I am today confident and determined to fight for your justice and the people’s justice. Also, to defend your right against wrong, neglect, abuse, and other ills,” he added.
Harris participated in elective politics in 1993 and since then won his seat in each parliamentary election held in 1995, 2000, 2004 and 2010. Dr Harris has served as a government Minister with various portfolios including, Foreign Affairs and Education, Labour and Social Security and presently, Agriculture Lands and Housing, International Trade, Industry and Commerce,