Leader of the Opposition, Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L Douglas, successfully initiated a National Day of Prayer as a response to the escalating incidence of crime in St. Kitts and Nevis. As a result of the recent spate of murders including the murder of Police Sergeant Leon Powell at Newton Ground and Buchanan at Nevis Street, Bassterre, the Dr. Douglas wrote to the church community on Wednesday August 22, recommending Monday August 27th as the National Day of Prayer. The Opposition is immensely concerned about the catastrophic loss of life, particularly among the young men of the Federation. God’s intervention is required to bring an end to this senseless slaughtering in our country.
Although the Church did not respond as quickly, Dr. Douglas is immensely pleased that a day has been set aside for prayer and fasting.
See below or here (Letter to Churches – Day of Prayer) for the details of the letter written by Dr. Douglas. The letter was sent t the Christian Council and the Evangelical Association.
August 22, 2018
Dear Members of the Clergy
On behalf of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition and on my own behalf, I wish to express deep concern for the escalating crime that is taking place in our beloved country of St. Kitts and Nevis. The cold-blooded and brutal murder of two senior ranking sergeants in the St. Christopher and Nevis Royal Police Force within the last three months, to my mind, is a clear indication that something is desperately wrong in our society. Crime and criminality is clearly spiraling out of control and there is an urgent need for a national approach that would involve all stakeholders in our society and body politic. It signals that there are elements of our society which are broken and we have lost as a nation the sense of social cohesion and brotherly love that have for so long been a part of the ethos of our great Federation.
The Opposition has been foremost in issuing a call for a National Consultation on Crime and insisting that finding an effective solution to crime is not the sole purview of politicians but requires instead a national discussion to find solutions and curb crime. There is a need for a bold and innovative plan of action that is both tough and intelligent. It should be tough because, we believe that the foundation of effective criminal justice is personal responsibility. It should be intelligent because we know that any strategy for addressing crime must be holistic, coherent and coordinated across all institutions in the criminal justice system from policing, to the courts, to the prisons. This new plan must empower the police as well as empower the people. It must also punish as well as rehabilitate.
In this vein, the Opposition wishes to enlist the support of the First Estate within our body politic. Without the involvement of the members of the clergy, there is no hope for the cultural and ethical transformation that will need to take place in order to reverse the prevalence of anti-social behaviour. For this reason, the Opposition believes that one of the necessary first steps is to issue a spiritual call for a National Day of Fasting. While I believe that Monday, August 27, 2018 would be an appropriate date for the observance, I would defer to your judgment on this matter. The leadership of the members of clergy across the Federation is being looked to for sounding a clarion call for spiritual intervention to the crime situation, which if left unchecked threatens to unravel the social fabric of our great nation and reverse the gains that we have made as a people since our Independence.
Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter.
Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L Douglas
Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal the Opposition