New York, USA, November 11, 2019 – The continuing nepotism practiced by St Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, has seen his family members and top brass of his co-ruling People’s Labour Party (PLP), in control of the major financial institutions with combined worth of EC$10 billion.
Dr Harris family members also control the judiciary and the prison services in St Kitts and Nevis. His latest appointment is of a nephew, Randy Jean, as Deputy Director of Audit.
The blatant nepotism issue was raised here in New York by Dr Terrance Drew, Chairman of the opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. Dr Drew told hundreds on nationals living in the New York during a Town Hall meeting on Sunday night that the Harris family members and his PLP officials are in control of billions of dollars in the Development Bank of St Kitts and Nevis, the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank and the St Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board.
Dr Drew, the SKNLP candidate for St Christopher 8, pointed out that Prime Minister Harris is the Minister of Finance; his brother, Lenworth Harris is CEO of the Development Bank of St Kitts and Nevis; his nephew, Alexis Nisbett is Chairman of the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank of which the government is majority shareholder; Lenworth Harris is also a director on the St Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board; his sister, Coretta Harris is in charge of Government Payroll in the Human Resource Department, Office of the Prime Minister; a sister, Janine Harris-Lake is Registrar of the High Court and another sister, Donna Harris, is a Magistrate and a Board Member of the St Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC).
Dr Drew also pointed out that Dr Harris has also promoted a brother, Denzil Harris to the post of second in command at Her Majesty’s Prison.
“Now his nephew (Randy Jean) has been appointed Deputy Auditor in the National Audit Office and there is no confirmed Director of Audit,” Dr Drew pointed out.
“Where else in the world is this happening? The only place in the Western Hemisphere where this exists, is in St Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr Drew.
“How did we get to the point where one family is taking over the country of St Kitts and Nevis? It means therefore that on any given Sunday evening, a family can sit around a table and decides who eats and who does not eat. A family can decide which business survives and which business must die. That one family around the table controls over EC$10 billion in St Kitts and Nevis. That family is powerful than the nine-member Cabinet of St Kitts and Nevis,” said Drew, a medical internist.
Asking “How did St Kitts and Nevis get there,” Dr Drew pointed out that “no country can progress with a regime like this.”
The issue of nepotism is of concern to the people of St Kitts and Nevis.
Earlier this year, Dr Harris lied in an interview with Vincentian broadcaster, Jerry George when in response to a question said that “there is not a scintilla of evidence” that he is guilty of nepotism.
Dr Harris, who became Prime Minister in February 2015, lied when he stated that all of his siblings and family members including a niece Delcia Mills-Blaize were appointed by former Prime Minister the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas.
According to the St Christopher and Nevis Official Gazette, Volume CXIV, No 13, dated Thursday 7th March 2019, Page 4 “Ms Delcia Mills-Blaize, Senior Clerk has been appointed as Executive Officer, Office of the Prime Minister with effect from 1st January 2019.”
Ms Mills-Blaize was a Clerk in the Department of Labour when Dr Harris assumed the position of Prime Minister in February 2015. Shortly after, she was appointed as Senior Officer in his office and is now an Executive Officer performing secretarial duties.
Dr Harris’ sister Janine Harris-Lake was the Registrar of the High Court.
Due to continuous complaints from lawyers as well as the St Kitts and Nevis Bar Association, she was transferred to the Copyright section of the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs. When Dr Harris became prime minister he sent her back to perform the duties of Registrar.
Dr Harris’ sister Donna Harris, headed the Legal Aid Unit prior to him becoming prime minister. After he became prime minister Donna Harris was appointed Magistrate. There was no advertisement for the post.
Dr Harris’ brother Lenworth Harris was General Manager of the St Kitts and Nevis Development Bank under the Labour government. He was on suspension from the post as an investigation was being conducted when the change of government took place. After Dr Harris became prime minister and minister of finance, Dr Harris sent him back to the bank and he was given the newly-created post of CEO. Dr Harris also appointed Lenworth Harris to be a director on the St Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board. The Development Bank of which he is CEO, also borrows money from the Social Security Board. Lenworth Harris is also on the Committee that distributed the US$16 million given by President Nicholas Maduro of Venezuela to pay ex-sugar workers a gratuity.
Dr Harris has appointed a nephew, Alexis Nisbett, chairman of the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank.
Nisbett’s wife, Akilah, the Deputy Political Leader of the PLP has been appointed by Dr Harris as Senator and Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly and is Head of the Information Technology Manager at the St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA).
Antonio Maynard, Founding Member of Dr Harris’ PLP is Director of the St Christopher and Nevis Social Security.
Warren Thompson, National Chairman of Dr Harris’ PLP is Chairman of the Development Bank of St Kitts and Nevis Board of Directors.