Speaking in an exclusive interview with MiyVue.com, former Premier of Nevis and leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) Amory explained that one of the issues which Nevisians have to look at when deciding who they want to run the island for the next five years, amount of debt which has been accumulated by the NRP during their five-year stint in power.
“The NRP’s biggest downfall is themselves and their mismanagement of the economy and the finances because Nevis has gone from having debt – accumulated over almost 20 years – of $197 million to having a debt on record of $520 million, almost a tripling of the debt in five years.”
Amory – who was Premier of Nevis for some 15 years prior to 2006– also spoke of what he believes is the excessive taxation which the people of Nevis and St. Kitts have had to endure.
“I can also look at the high rate of taxes. The people of Nevis and I know the people of St. Kitts are kneeling under the effects of the high taxes and the multiplicity of taxes which have been brought on them within the last six months, especially VAT because VAT is in fact, reducing the ordinary man and women of this county to a state of financial poverty. And they are having a difficulty paying their mortgage, having difficulty looking after their children, and especially when jobs are scarce because there has been no effort by both governments to develop the economy and to expand the employment in St. Kitts and Nevis, especially in Nevis.”
The Nevis elections are scheduled for 11th July, 2011 with nomination day slated for 4th July and both the Nevis Reformation Party and the Concerned Citizens Movement will be contesting all five seats.