Battle rages over plans by PM Timothy Harris to sell the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course
Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 2, 2018 – The crisis of transparency, accountability and good governance continues to permeate every facet of the economy in St. Kitts and Nevis.
According to sources a battle has been raging over alleged plans by St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris to sell the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course.
A cauldron of financial and human resource confusion has been steadily coming to the boil at the Royal St Kitts Golf Club in Frigate Bay over recent months.
“Sadly, the cauldron is about to boil over with no one in leadership seemingly concerned about the implications. Reliable sources report that the golf course is being sold by Prime Minister Harris to one of his large 2015 campaign contributors, whose representative and spokesman is a well-known PAM lawyer,” the source said.
Information is that one of the PAM leaders in the Timothy Harris-led PLP/CCM/PAM Cabinet “is blocking the sale because he stands to get nothing from the deal.”
“The confusion is now boiling over into cries of the golf course staff whose rights are being trampled more and more as the uncertainty grows. The Government itself, their current joint venture partner, and Marriott, are all denying the rights of the golf course employees to information and financial benefits,” the source disclosed.
A personal and financial battle have been raging between Harris and the current golf course joint-venture partner, over the future of the golf course and the payment of benefits to current employees if and when the sale is completed.
“Instead the helpless workers have been threatened with abrupt termination by the proposed buyer,” the source said.
“No one in Government is taking responsibility for the well-being of the employees, some of whom have been employed at Marriott Golf for more than 15 years,” the source added.