The event is being organised by social activist group, Operation Rescue.
The aim of the march, according to planners, is to force the government to lower the rates but it is very unlikely said one observer that the authorities would heed the call of the public. Instead, some who said they intended to march, admitted that their cry will be ignored and again the Prime Minister of the country would call on them to pay up their bills, especially any arrears that may be owed.
For the past 10 years or more, citizens in the country have been faced with what some describe as an unreliable source of electricity and despite the poor level of performance, government has proceeded to institute hefty rate increases, at one time, as high as 85%.
In response to a special appeal to all citizens, no matter their political persuasion, to support the march, the main opposition political party in St. Kitts, the People’s Action Movement, PAM, recently indicated that it has decided to throw its support behind the initiative and has therefore encouraged its members to participate.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Denzil Douglas admitted that the rates are too high, and stated that when he sees the electricity bills of some persons, he wants to cry. Many however dismissed his claim as insincere.
He proceeded to encourage his Labour Party supporters and other citizens to march on Labour Day, (7th May), against the same high rates that were put in place by his Cabinet and the (then) electricity department. Not many however provided a positive response to the Prime Minister’s call to march with him.
The high cost of electricity has been attributed to the reasons advanced for the closure of some local businesses. He also announced that the government will shortly announce a package to deal with the high cost of electricity.
The march is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm from at West Independence Square and will end on Bank Street.