Reliable sources have indicated that Denzil “Bull” Harris, the brother of Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, is to be appointed as Superintendent of Prisons, effective January 1, 2019.
According to credible sources, the appointment comes without any advertisement of the post or any chance of interview for any other deserving officer.
The source further revealed that the current Acting Superintendent of Prisons Ashiela Connor and his assistant Alton Liburd are to be sent home.
This revelation fuels allegations leveled by the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party opposition against Prime Minister Harris of nepotism and non transparency.
Meanwhile, Junie “Scrape” Hodge, who was made Superintendent of Prisons in February 2016 but who was sent on leave in October, 2017, is still receiving full pay while still on leave, according to credible sources.
The opposition Labour Party, while sustaining a concerted plea for an end to nepotism, has pinpointed several situations which, it feels, are clear incidents of nepotism. These range from two sisters of the Prime Minister significantly impacting the legal system- one being the high court registrar while the other is a magistrate-; and a brother who is in charge of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Former Prime Minister and opposition leader, Hon. Denzil Douglas, while pushing his party’s concerns, stated that current levels of nepotism and non transparency in government are signs that Team Unity has distanced itself from what it campaigned for prior to the 2015 election- good governance which is designed to strengthen democracy.