Last weekend’s (Saturday) visit to Nevis by Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, without informing the Premier of Nevis, Hon Mark Brantley is being described as “disrespectful,” by former government minister Dwyer Astaphan.
Prime Minister Harris travelled to Nevis and held a meeting with officers of the Fire Department at the Vance Amory International Airport in the absence of Premier Brantley.
Astaphan sees it as “an effort to weaken the CCM and to undermine the leader of the CCM,”- Premier Mark Brantley.
“The premier of Nevis by all accounts was not informed, advised or were protocols observed,” said Astaphan who noted that the fire services is a federal responsibility.
“To go to Nevis without informing the Premier (Brantley) and without getting his approval was distasteful. Not that Harris needed Brantley’s blessing or approval. You are in government together (but) still respect the fact that he is the premier. Do not make unilateral arrangements like that,” said Astaphan.
“He (Harris) can be regarded as reasonably and logically as having disrespected Premier Brantley and disrespected the Office of the Premier of Nevis by going to Nevis, the way he did,” said Astaphan, who played a major role in putting together Team Unity and the tri partite coalition government.
The St Kitts-Nevis Times, which is under the control of Harris’ Peoples Labour Party (PLP) reported that Dr Harris, in his capacity as Minister of Finance told the firemen, he had “sent to Nevis this year an additional one million dollars for the completion of the police station and as Minister of Finance, he has to ensure that monies aren’t squandered.”
Prime Minister Harris was notably absent from Sunday’s groundbreaking in Nevis for the construction of the Taiwan-financed Pinney’s Beach Recreation Park during the State Visit of the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Her Excellency Dr. Tsai Ing-wen.
On his Facebook account on Monday morning, July 15, Premier Brantley in an apparent response to Dr Harris’ Saturday statement, posted: “There is nothing as ugly or destructive as the human frailty of insecurity. If you are confident to be who you are and what you do, then there is no need to fear any man.”