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NO ONE LEFT AT THE HELM OF STATE IN ST. KITTS & NEVIS AS TOP POSITIONS ARE MADE VACANT BY CCM/TUG

NO ONE LEFT AT THE HELM OF STATE IN ST. KITTS & NEVIS AS TOP POSITIONS ARE MADE VACANT BY CCM/TUG

 

The forced ousting of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Martin last Thursday and the purported transfer less than 24 hours later of Andrew Skerritt, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in the aftermath of the Stem Cell Scandal, have increased the number of existing vacant top positions in the St. Kitts and Nevis public service.

 

Dr. Martin was hastily sent on vacation and pre-retirement leave after he found out about a Stem Cell Project operating at the Private Ward of the J. N. France General Hospital without his approval and had ordered off the hospital compound, a Brazilian-born physician, who was not licensed to practice in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Both Martin and Skerritt have not been accused of any wrongdoing.

 

The recent ouster Dr. Martin is the latest in a series of high profiled job terminations by the Concerned Citizens Movement/Team Unity Government (CCM/TUG) of highly educated and qualified citizens and residents from public and constitutionally held offices.  The CCM/TUG was elected to government in February of 2015. In fact, less than a month ago, the TUG in a similar unceremonious manner ejected the President of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) Dr. Kelvin Daly again for no rational reason.

 

Within a few months of taking office the CCM/TUG caused the Commissioner of Police to resign his job in frustration and leave the Federation; caused the Governor General Sir Edmund W. Lawrence to vacate his constitutionally appointed position in a disrespectful unceremonious and surly manner and then used the Attorney General to wrongfully terminate the position of Director of Public Prosecution. Hence, many persons are of the opinion that there is no one at the wheel or Helm of State in St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

In less than a year and a half, St. Kitts and Nevis have no Director of Public Prosecution, no Speaker of the National Assembly, no Director of Public Prosecutions, no Chief Medical Officer, no Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, no President at the our only indigenous tertiary institution, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), no qualified Principal of the largest and oldest high school in the Federation – The Basseterre High School, no permanent Commissioner of Police, no Director of Audit, no Principal Nursing Officer, no Consul General in Toronto, Canada, no Director of PEP, no Director of Health Institutions, no Operations Manager at the JNF Hospital, no Accounts Officer at the JNF Hospital and no Water Engineer.

 

Vacancies also exist on the Board of Directors of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), with the recent resignations of two newly-appointed directors and the dismissal or resignation of senior managers.

 

There is still no official Office of the Leader of the Opposition, no Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly and no voice from Civil Society.

 

It is the considered opinion of this newspaper that the conscience of civil society appears to have been seared with a hot iron. It is also clear that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis must stand up and face the tyranny of this government and fight for our children’s future on our own.

 

Recently a popular Member of Parliament sounded the clarion call for the public to rise up against the evils of this unhappy government when he said: “The time for an active pursuit to unseat this government is upon us. The veil of deception that was placed over the eyes of well-meaning patriotic citizens is quickly being removed. We can see clearly now that rain is gone.”

 

There should be more calls to echo this call for equal rights and justice and an opportunity for Kittitians and Nevisians to stand up and be counted in the face of the tyranny visited upon our constitution and the good people of St. Kitts and Nevis by the heads of a government that seems bent upon the notion that there should be no one left at the helm of the State of our Federation but their cronies, lackeys and yes-men.

 

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