Opposition Leader Douglas accuses PM Harris of asking US authorities to investigate him
By: Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 7, 2018 – Former Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and current Leader of the Opposition, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas Tuesday night accused his successor, of asking US authorities to investigate him.
“What is it that is the problem with Dr. Harris and myself? Harris was in my cabinet, I found him to be very deceptive, to be very greedy, no longer trust worthy to be in the cabinet that I led. I dismissed him,” said Dr. Douglas, during his weekly Tuesday night’s call-in programme “Ask the Leader.”
Douglas, Leader of the Opposition, informed listeners: “Ever since this has happened there has been this continued talk that ‘Douglas was going to be arrested, Douglas was going to be jailed, Douglas was going to live outside the country, he cannot live here’.”
“And at first I really dismissed it, because I knew who I am. In recent times, in fact last week, I was reliably informed by someone overseas, that newly-promoted Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police McCartha Browne. had been sent on a mission to the United States to discuss with authorities there, the possibility of the government inviting them to come into St. Kitts and Nevis to investigate Douglas. They are inviting it would appear, authorities to come into St. Kitts and Nevis to investigate Douglas and in the process would have a field day in the media because they can say ‘Douglas is under investigation.’
“Mind you, there is no seriousness of any charge. I have been told that there seem to be one or two economic citizens who might have had a recall of their passports for whatever reasons – and this happens every day – but because of the pressure continues to mount on this government by this Labour Party and Harris’ no longer certain that he can win the election, – and I am certain that he will not win the election – he is trying to create another show of taking the focus from his inept government and its poor performance in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and is trying to divert the government’s failure and the people’s attention to Douglas.
“Well, let them come. Let them come. Harris, because I have been taught from the Bible, that when you dig one hole for somebody, you dig two. Dig one for yourself,” Douglas told listeners.
Harris was sacked from the Cabinet of then Prime Minister Douglas in January 2013 for undermining the ability of the Labour Government to discharge its functions.
Harris who had walked into the Office of Prime Minister Douglas demanding that he resign and hand over to him the post of prime minister, had signalled his intention to oppose several government initiatives.
After his dismissal, Harris, encouraged then Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor to resign and coerced opposition candidates to sign an agreement that if the three-party coalition candidates win a majority of seats in the 2015 general election he would become prime minister.
Once Harris became prime minister he turned on Condor and oust him, along with all the founding fathers and executive members from his People’s Labour Party (PLP).
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