Public servants upset with running of Ministry of Finance

High-level public servants in Basseterre are said to be upset with the operations of the Ministry of Finance portfolio held by St Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris.

According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity on Wednesday, serious questions are being asked about the state of the federation’s economy.

“There is real concern about Dr Harris spending of public funds like a drunken sailor and the absence of full accountability,” the source said.

The source also disclosed that the Minister of Finance continues to ignore a long list of concerns expressed in writing by senior public officials on the federation’s economy and finances.

“Dr Harris has been hiding those concerns which have been expressed to him and has not been sharing the long, long, list of concerns in his capacity as Minister of Finance with his cabinet colleagues,” said the source.

“Among the sore points are the high level of corruption in several of the initiatives of the government and the blocking of the IMF Article IV Consultation on the economy of St Kitts and Nevis,” said the source, who added: “A major point of contention is that Dr Harris roofing project in St Kitts is yet to cross the shark-infested waters to Nevis.”

Another issue that has triggered massive concerns about how government finances are being utilized is the alleged payment of criminal elements to sustain a volatile peace treaty.

Prime Minister Timothy Harris has denied the allegations but several persons who are familiar with the situation claim that monies are being funneled through intermediaries to the gang members.