Residents of West Basseterre have become extremely concerned that Akilah Byron-Nisbett has been living a most ostentatious and luxuriant lifestyle, reflecting the get-rich-quick mentality that has ushered her into national politics. After the last general election in St. Kitts and Nevis, Akilah Byron was made a senator in the National Assembly, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Deputy Leader of the People’s Labour Party, and Head of Technology at the Air and Seaports Authority, SCASPA, earning her a grand total monthly income of $35,000, all thanks to our country’s taxpayers.
The records also reflect that Akilah has obtained $3 million from the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis for the construction of her multi-million dollar home on the posh slopes of Mattingley Heights. Under Development Bank policy, there is a maximum of $500,000 that may be loaned for residential projects. However, Akilah Byron-Nisbett was able to take out of the Development Bank six times the policy limit. As with most of the money coming out of Len Harris’ Development Bank these days, there appear to be no proper records of the borrowings, and it can be safely assumed that Akilah Byron-Nisbett will never repay her loan so long as Team Unity remains in political office.
What is further concerning is that Akilah Byron-Nisbett has hired a Philippino nanny whom she pays US$2100 a month plus housing allowance to take care of her children and her home. It is as if no-one from the local community was good enough to take care of her children. And even if they were, they would never be paid the US$2100 (EC$5,700) that she pays her Philippino maid.
How much does Akilah’s ride, a black BMW X6 Series, cost? According to recent estimates, the landed cost of such a vehicle (taxes included) is EC$556,000. However, it is hardly likely that Akilah paid any taxes on her posh ride.
Although Akilah Byron-Nisbett seems to have fallen into rapid and abundant wealth, she has been characterized as a very selfish person. She does not share her riches with the people of the community. Yet, she is seeking their vote so that she can get into political office to greatly increase her already-abundant wealth.