Team Unity/PAM Government lacks compassion, murder of Arlene Nisbett and dismissal of SIDF CEO Terrance Crossman condemned
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS– The Timothy Harris-led Team Unity/PAM government lacks compassion, said Leader of the Opposition, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.
On the “Issues” programme on Freedom FM on Wednesday Dr. Douglas said with crime rampant in St. Kitts and Nevis, Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris is in Georgia attending an OECD meeting for senior civil servants.
Dr. Douglas spoke of the demise of the mother of Mr. Terrance Crossman, a few days after he was dismissed with immediately effect as CEO of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF).
Dr. Douglas said Mr. Crossman dedicated his life to assist in relieving some of the socio-economic problems and challenges in St. Kitts and Nevis.
“He has done nothing wrong and continues to be the victim of the political vendetta pursued by Timothy Harris and his government through his appointed Councillors on the Board of the SIDF. Two investigations were carried out since the government changed and even before the results of the investigation are published, Harris is on radio, in Parliament and at press conferences condemning and accusing Crossman of wrongdoing, but to date not even one cent is unaccounted for,” said Dr. Douglas, who disclosed that Crossman received a letter of dismissal last Friday.
Although Crossman did not inform his mother of his dismissal, she received the information from a friend.
“She called him again on Tuesday and asked him if he had found a job. This was a woman who had a burdened heart. He told her it was just one day and he would be alright. That was not comforting enough for Lorraine Queeley. Last night (Tuesday) at 11.45, her heart stopped beating and she died,” said Dr. Douglas.
“Harris cannot continue to victimise people just like that. Harris cannot continue this vendetta accusing people of doing all manner of things when there is no proof. It is the lack of compassion that is tearing the country apart today. It is the lack of compassion that has the murderers on the war path and declaring war against the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr. Douglas.
He also said it was the lack of compassion that saw Arlene Nisbett, a young woman making her contribution of security, brutally and cruelly killed.
“It is the shooting down of an innocent young woman – the first young woman – as a business person to be the victim of the gun violence here in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr. Douglas who expressed sympathy to the victims and their families.
The former prime minister said that if Dr Harris had any compassion, care and concern for the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis “he would not be in Georgia, today attending a training session organised by the OECD.”
“What training he wants. He is the prime minister. He is the minister of national security. What training is Harris looking for? That training is for the functionaries, your own functionaries that you have said must do their work. Instead of that he runs off to Georgia on another big trip displaying his lack of compassion, lack of concern and lack of care for the poor people of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr. Douglas.