Queen’s Counsel Charles Wilkin has told Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris and his Team Unity administration not to renege on the promises made to the electorate of St. Kitts and Nevis during the run-up to the 2015 general elections.
Wilkin, in a editorial written earlier this week, called on the government to state clearly and unequivocally what it has approved and granted in incentives for a development at West Farm and one at Pirates Nest. He stated that the country should not have to wait until the Freedom of Information Act at last becomes law to get those answers.
“It is pertinent to ask also why is it taking so long to bring the Freedom of Information Act into force. Is the Government serious about it or are they hoping that people will forget? Well, this real citizen will not forget and will not let the Government forget,” said Wilkin.
He said it was high time that more people say publicly on this issue what they say privately.
“And what, with an election soon due, is happening about Campaign Finance Reform? What about the Regulations to the Procurement Act to bring transparency to the award of government contracts? What is taking so long with those promised measures of the integrity agenda which Team Unity promised four years ago? And what about the proposed changes to the law on Motions of No Confidence and the imposition of much needed Term Limits which were also promised? Are we to forget about those as well?” Wilkin detailed.
The prominent lawyer said that the issues he has raised are important to the economic development of the country and its good name and to its democracy.
“I hope they will find their way into the upcoming budget debate. Then I would hope that the political sides will go on record for the electorate, comprising the real citizens, to see and hear,” said Wilkin, in his op-ed captioned “Are real citizens to become second class citizens” in which he lamented on the current worldwide negative scrutiny of the Citizenship By Investment Programme under the Timothy Harris-led government.