DENZIL DOUGLAS, P.M. OF ST KITTS TO FACE VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
I have today under my hand submitted to the Speaker of the National Parliament of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Curtis Martin, a Motion of No Confidence in the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas, and asked the Speaker to table this Motion for debate at the earliest possible opportunity and as a matter of urgency.
It is no secret that our country has been besieged by unsupportable debt, a corrupt electoral system, crumbling infrastructure, burdensome taxes, crippling cost of living, an ever coarsening of our public and parliamentary debate and an increasing sense of hopelessness and despair among our people.
The leadership of Dr Denzil Douglas over the past 16 years has been marked by ever increasing hardship for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and greater and greater disrespect by him for members of his own Cabinet, members of the Opposition, and citizens of this country.
St. Kitts and Nevis is now more divided and divisive than ever with no effort being made by the Prime Minister to change his confrontational leadership style which has destroyed the socio-economic fabric of our once thriving Federation.
Our Nation finds itself at its lowest ebb since Independence and the Opposition lays the state of our Nation squarely at the feet of the gross mismanagement and incompetence of our Prime Minister in handling the affairs of State. To this end and using the parliamentary tools available, I have submitted the Motion of No Confidence in the following terms:
“WHEREAS since the installation of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas as Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis he has been governing the Federation in such a manner which has undermined our Constitution, has led to disastrous economic out-turns and a decreasing lack of public confidence in his leadership.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has constantly and willfully
disregarded the Constitution of the Country.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has undermined the Ministerial system
of Government as prescribed in the Constitution.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has failed to consult the Country
prior to the Land for Debt Swap Agreement with the St. Kitts-Nevis
and Anguilla National Bank Ltd with the resultant sellout of our
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has refused to effect a decrease in
electricity rates in St. Kitts with the result that household and
commercial consumers find themselves unable to pay and some have had
to return to early 20th century modes of lighting with lamps and
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has refused to uphold a system of good
governance thereby destroying the public service.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has mismanaged the financial affairs
of St. Kitts and Nevis thereby incurring a massive national debt with
defaults on bond payments and the imposition of haircuts without
regard to the consequences for bondholders and the Country’s
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has refused to have full ventilation
with the Nation on the IMF conditions relative to the public debt.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister displays unruly parliamentary behavior
and unruly extra parliamentary behavior even threatening to sell a
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has attempted to further increase the
number of senators in parliament in the face of the IMF calls for a
lessening of public expenditure.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has instituted the SIDF as an
alternative consolidated fund to receive moneys which
constitutionally are to be paid into the consolidated fund and
thereby insulating the foundation from parliamentary and audit
scrutiny and oversight.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has as Prime Minister and Minister of
Elections publicly supported the previous Supervisor of Elections in
defying the directive of the Electoral Commission with the result
that hundreds of registered voters in Nevis were illegally removed
from the Voters List in Nevis causing tremendous harm and damage to
the reputation of the electoral system in St. Kitts and Nevis.
BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House expresses its concern and lack of
confidence in the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Honourable House calls for the immediate
resignation of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas as Prime Minister of St.
Kitts and Nevis”.
The Opposition which I lead in Parliament is solidly united in support of
this Motion and we implore members on the Government side to support this
critical measure as the first step in ushering in a new paradigm of
transparent, accountable and consultative leadership for the people of St.
Kitts and Nevis.
- Honourable Mark Brantley
Leader of the Opposition
Parliament of St. Kitts and Nevis