Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace has expressed concern about the political impasse in St. Kitts and Nevis.
He said on Saturday that St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, should have that nation’s parliament debate the motion of no-confidence in his government.
Opposition legislators have failed to have the motion tabled since December 11, 2012 and have asked the court to rule that their constitutional right is being infringed upon.
“You know, there is a creeping thing which is happening in these islands now. You had it in Grenada, you have it in St. Kitts now and we have it here too,” Eustace said at a protest meeting of his New Democratic Party (NDP).
The meeting was held to show solidarity for NDP senator, Vynnette Frederick, who was arrested and slapped with 9 charges on July 11, hours after a magistrate threw out six charges against her.
Frederick is due back in court on July 31.
Eustace noted that in Grenada the parliament didn’t meet for months and when it did meet, the government called elections.
“And in St. Kitts right now, a no-confidence motion has been put before the parliament for seven months and the parliament has not met to consider that no-confidence motion,” Eustace said
He noted that more legislators support the motion than support the government.
“So the minute you have that motion, they (the government) gone,” he said.
“And all of us sit down, other leaders in the Caribbean sit down and don’t open their mouths about what is happening in St. Kitts. But I [am] opening mine now. What is happening in St. Kitts is wrong and Douglas should allow the motion to go before the parliament — both he and the speaker.
“Because that is part of the same trend that we have here now, where they try to erode all your rights, all your freedoms. … I am very concerned about what is happening,” said Eustace who has been a parliamentary representative since 1998.