This has not prevented the opposition parties from making their own plans and they are already giving some insight into how they intend to force the hand of Prime Minister Denzil Douglas. Not only have they (PAM, CCM and PLP), already publicly forged an alliance but they have also identified the candidate amongst them who is to be supported to be Prime Minister. That leader is Dr. Timothy Harris, who in a New Year’s Day address, promised that “the people of St. Kitts and Nevis will continue to demand change and we in Team Unity agree that change needs to happen now.”
Harris is very hopeful about the political fortunes of the New Year and he admitted that like many nationals, for him 2013 had its victories and its challenges and like many nationals, he said he is excited about the possibilities of 2014.
But the former senior government minister also reminded that in talking about the upcoming year, one cannot adequately and truly put things into perspective unless one consciously reflects on what happened in 2013.
He boasted that TEAM UNITY was established at a time when some believed that it could never be done…that three political parties on the two islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, some traditional antagonists, could come together and put people first over party.
He assured that the People’s Labour Party (PLP), the People’s Action Movement (PAM) and the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) came together in this historic movement at this critical juncture in the country’s short history, because of national imperatives driven in large measure by the cultural, political, social and economic challenges that we are facing as the two islands.
“It was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who once stated the fact that “tomorrow begins today” and that we are faced with the “fierce urgency of now”. In our reality in this country, given our national imperatives, change must take place now,” demanded Harris.
The Motion of No Confidence in the leadership of Dr. Douglas and his administration which was filed by the Leader of the Opposition over one year ago is not an organized group of words. It is not just a symbolic statement. It represents a change for the people…a CHANGE that the people genuinely want, stated Dr. Harris.
“We can no longer wait whilst our country’s reputation within the region and around the world is at stake. Just as Joshua and the children of Israel marched around Jericho wall, we the good people of St. Kitts and Nevis must stand together with one voice of unity. If we continue to stand together, then all the walls that stand in the way of our progress will come down.”
He promised that “If we stand together the wall of unemployment will come down. When we bind ourselves together in unity the wall of high electricity bills will fall. If we all embrace and move forward as one family, together in unity, the wall that says “bad international reputation” will disappear. And even though it’s been a long time coming, if we join hands together in unity and sing, with one loud voice, the words of Sam Cook’s song “A Change Is Gonna Come” the walls of decadence, despair and poverty will come down.”
Harris said he knows that times have been hard, 2013 was a most difficult year for all of us but things can get better and will get better if we all act together to get the change that we all need and we all deserve.
Elections in St. Kitts and Nevis are not constitutionally due until 2015.