BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 21ST 2013 (CUOPM) – Minister of Education, Information, Agriculture, Marine Resources and Cooperatives, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty said former Senior Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, has been “very obstructive in his operations where it came to the Party Executive meetings.”
Minister Carty also told listeners to Freedom 106.5 FM that the joint civil suit by the Labour Party’s Deputy Political Leader, the Hon. Sam Condor with Political Leader of the People’s Action Movement, Hon. Shawn Richards is collaboration with the opposition and new Labour Party candidates will emerge in the constituencies that they presently represent.
He accused Dr. Harris, who was fired from the Cabinet last month of “attempting to prevent the Executive from moving forward on important agenda items.”
“Eventually, the Party Executive took a decision to have a special conference at which matters pertaining to the disciplining of Dr. Harris can be dealt with,” he disclosed during “Issues” on Freedom 106.5 FM.
Mr. Carty said the Party has received legal advice on the way forward.
“We are waiting to have a certain date set for us to have that special conference. I suspect that at our next executive meeting which comes up in not too long, we will be able to make a decision on the final date and have that matter heard at the special Conference,” he said.
He disclosed that in addition to the Party taking that decision, six of the eight Branches of the Party have written “independently to indicate that they would want this special conference to have such a matter heard and other matters pertinent to the politics within the Party.”
“So I suspect that in a short few weeks, we are going to have a date set and the matter determined at a Special Conference of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party,” said Minister Carty
In relation to Mr. Condor’s legal action, Mr. Carty said it was “very clear when the Hon. Sam Condor collaborated with the Hon. Shawn Richards, to put a motion in the court against the Labour Party Administration; that he was clearly on a track towards working with the People’s Action Movement.”
“All of these doubts have now clearly been removed and I think that people in these two constituencies and through the length and breadth of the country understand, that a vote for the Hon. Sam Condor and the Hon. Timothy Harris is in fact a vote for the Peoples Action Movement; against whom these two gentlemen have campaigned In the past against so precipitously,” Mr. Carty told listeners.
“It is more surprising to see how the Hon. Sam Condor and the Hon. Timothy Harris can now get into bed with the People’s Action Movement; I think that this has really taken the Labour Party supporters by surprise in a big way,” said Mr. Carty.
He disclosed that the Labour Party will field new candidates in those two constituencies and perhaps in other places as well.
“We are about putting a competent, attractive slate of candidates to the electorate,” said Minister Carty, adding:
“We believe that the people of this country deserve the very best that this country has to offer and we have been looking keenly at some young bright people; we want women to be included and if they would step forward we would want to ensure that they have a good chance of being selected by the Party to be a part of the platform because the issues that confront us as a people, require that we have young people; not so young people; (and) that we have men and women of all professions really putting their heads together to attempt to resolve the issues that we face at this time,” said Minister Carty.