According to the Premier, “Strangely enough a text message was circulated and sent by Mark Brantley. In addition, first thing Monday morning a letter on a CCM letterhead was sent by Vance Amory.”
Parry said it was not a private letter and then he proceeded to read the letter sent by Amory, to listeners of the program.
“Now, which part of this letter could be private? The letter comes from the Opposition Leader to the Premier of Nevis, the matter of the danger to the health of the people of Nevis cannot be private between Mr. Amory and myself,” commented the Premier.
Mr. Parry said the letter referred to a “cover up” and a statement of “a secrecy which shrouds this important matter.”
He further explained that the letter and the text message that were circulated had similar words. “One could see a direct correlation”. He also noted that at a CCM meeting in the Cherry Gardens area, CCM members said that the water was contaminated to a point where a family had trouble with their children falling asleep because they thought they would die.
The Premier then read his response to Vance Amory which said,” I thank you for your letter and I see that there is a text message in circulation which refers to a report that the government is involved in a cover up.
“In the best interest of the people of Nevis, I seek your cooperation in providing your source of action and the report you are referring to, such action would assist the course of action that needs to be taken on behalf of the people of Nevis,” read the Premier.
Mr. Parry said since he responded to Vance Amory he had not received anything including the report on water that the Vance Amory said he had.
“The only thing I have heard from Mr. Amory is that he sent me a private letter and I put it out to the public. Well let me say that the Minister of Communications and Works, Powell addressed the matter with my support because, 1. If the matter was not pursued any further people would lose confidence in the water supply. Secondly, in the heart of the Tourism season we could not afford for people to become uncertain about the water and thirdly, the Opposition had raised the issue last week Saturday and strangely following the meeting, a text message was circulated.”
Mr. Parry said this “water contamination” matter would not be laid to rest until every stone was turned.