Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas is insisting that his government, though under a Motion of No Confidence cloud, would press ahead with constituency boundary changes. The Prime Minister repeated the government’s position that boundary changes were an overdue constitutional requirement, were recommended by election observer teams and the opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM) had changed the boundaries twice while in office.
Dr. Douglas said, “the opposition’s attempt to create some sense of drama and intrigue over the government’s constitutional obligation to change constituency boundaries, therefore, is all just a part of their ongoing confusion agenda in our country. Boundary changes are required. Boundary changes will be made as a matter of constitutional responsibility and there is nothing whatsoever that is secret about this."
Dr. Douglas said the Constituency Boundaries Commission was duly constituted and work began some two years ago. Having accused his political opponents of having a “confusion agenda”, Dr. Douglas made it clear that he did not need boundary changes to defeat them stating, “I have won elections as the leader of our party. We have won elections four times on these boundaries. In other words, they are mine. I love them as they are. But, I believe that it is the constitutionally correct thing to do to change them because the constitution [says] they should be revisited every three to five years…”
He added that he was carrying out what he believed was the constitutional responsibility given to the prime minister and to the government.
“If they want to run go courts and try to stop it that is their business because I don’t need the boundaries to lead the Labour Party into victory. I don’t. I have used the same boundaries on four different times and beat de hek outta dem,” the Prime Minister reiterated.
Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas remains unmoved by calls from the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Coalition for an urgent hearing of a Motion of No Confidence against his government that is now more than seven months old.
Speaking on Tuesday’s edition of his “Ask the Prime Minister” call-in program, a day after the Rally for Peace, Justice and Mercy organized by The Christian Council, The Evangelical Association and other NGOs, Dr. Douglas repeated his party’s position on the matter.
“The Simmonds administration had a motion of no confidence in 1983 staring it in its face that’s why when they went to England to negotiate our independence constitution there was nothing in the constitution about when a motion of no confidence should be brought to the parliament as we are seeing it written in other constitutions in St. Vincent, in Antigua, in Trinidad and Tobago,” the Prime Minister charged.
He added that while these other territories had specified times when Motions of No Confidence should be heard “here in St. Kitts and Nevis the Simmonds government, having had a motion of no confidence in 1983 before it, refused to put anything in the constitution about when a motion must come and now they want to kill Douglas to bring it when they feel like I should bring it with they forwardness.”
Six of the eleven elected members of Parliament have indicated that they support the Motion of No Confidence which would mean that if heard it would cause the fall of the Dr. Denzil Douglas-led Administration. Government has avoided the Motion but continues to go to parliament to discuss other matters using its overall majority that comprises five elected members and three senators appointed by the Prime Minister. Senators cannot vote on a Motion of No Confidence as they are not elected officials but enjoy the same rights on other parliamentary issues.
The Prime Minister has said for the past seven months that the Motion would be heard without saying when.
Sandy Point, St. Kitts: Police are reporting that Trevorn Rouse of Mount Idle, Sandy Point was shot and injured Wednesday morning in the community. According to police, Rouse sustained a gunshot wound to his right arm and side is hospitalised in serious but stable condition. Police said two persons, Bruce Lee Rogers aka Gunchild, 32 yrs and Leroy Viera aka “Fish Head,” 35 yrs of age both from Mount Idle are in custody assisting the investigations. The Sandy Point police are investigating. Police are appealing to anyone with information pertaining to this incident to contact the Sandy Point Police Station at 465 6261 or the nearest police station.
Basseterre, St. Kitts: New Zealand posted a score of 249, scoring at a run rate of 4.98. Batting conditions are good on a flat pitch and a small grounds here at the Warner Park Stadium. West Indies should have no trouble in overhauling this score. The key to success for New Zealand is the early dismissal of Chris Gayle. Gayle has been in the forefront of the West Indies' success in recent games. He has five scores of 50+ in his last six innings. This game is the mustering for New Zealand if they hope to keep the series open as they are down 2 nil in the five match series. The final three games are actually being played in St. Kitts and the West Indies team has a chance to steal the series with a victory today.
Below are the scores at the end of New Zealand's Batting:
* Nathan McCullum caught by Bravo, bowled by Russel: 50 runs from 70 balls; four 4s and one 6
TOTAL: 249 for 9
Batsmen (New Zealand):
- Tim Southee - 1 run
- Trent Boult - 17 runs
Overs bowled: 50
Overs remaining: 0
Current run rate: 5.0