PAM hits the big Golden Jubilee, continues to serve the nation


According to Richards, the political party, which was formed January 15, 1965, has championed the cause of the poor and has been resilient in times of difficulties.


“Despite the many challenges that our party and its leaders have had to face, we have been fortified in an abiding faith. Ours has been a devotion that the cause for which we toil is planted in the humanitarian belief that we must fight to create a better life for the poor and we must struggle for the deliverance of their greater prosperity,” Richards told a national audience.


In his address, the PAM leader took listeners through an historical account of the struggles of the organization including the famed ‘Electricity March’ in which, it is said, over 3,000 persons demonstrated through Basseterre then to Government House. This event, he said, eventually led to the formation of the People’s Action Movement 27 days after the march.


According to Richards, years of trials gave way to opportunities to make a change in the lives of citizens. Chief among these opportunities was the attainment of political independence in 1983.


“The greatest achievement came in only three years after attaining government when Dr. Kennedy Simmonds did what Labour had always failed to do, and that was to work with the political leaders in Nevis, especially Dr. Simeon Daniel, to take this country into political independence on 19th September, 1983,” said Richards, who also highlighted key achievements during PAM’s administration.


During their term in office, the PAM-NRP administration abolished personal income tax, introduced a school meals feeding program, purchase the sugar lands, addressed maternity leaves issues and engaged in a host of infrastructural projects, such as the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, a new airport terminal, the Port Zante cruise ship facility and the construction of a highway on the Southeast Peninsula.


He indicated that the past 19 years in opposition provided a period of opportunity to rebuild the party. The focus today, he indicated, is about taking a program of prosperity to the people of the country, doing so through the alliance of Team Unity.


“Our approach is to unify the country, and we have decided to forge an alliance with the Concerned Citizens Movement, CCM and the People’s Labour Party, PLP. This alliance will allow St. Kitts and Nevis to ‘breathe again’. It will allow us to re-instate true democracy and prosperity,” opined Richards, who believes that the People’s Action Movement, “after 50 years as a political party, has the skills and knowledge of how to govern”.


The year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations would include public meetings around the island, even as they keep one eye on a pending general election this year.

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