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Federal government accused of trying to undermine Nevis Island Administration
Published on March 25, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The St Kitts and Nevis federal government in Basseterre has been accused by former government minister Dwyer Astaphan of deliberately attempting to undermine the opposition-run Nevis Island Administration.

Dwyer Astaphan
Astaphan charged that there is a deliberate attempt to embarrass, frustrate, intimidate, disrupt and besiege the NIA.

He cited what he insisted are credible examples of this, including requests of the NIA for loan guarantees for essential projects being “ignored and scoffed at”.

Astaphan contended too that there appears to be a level of discrimination with the PEP programme being handled by the government in St Kitts but by other people in Nevis.

That programme provides temporary work for unemployed young people.

Astaphan suggested as well that Nevis was not receiving its share of funds from the SIDF – the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation -- whose revenue comes from the sale of St Kitts and Nevis passports.

NIA officials are on record as having made similar complaints.

According to former minister Astaphan, the NIA and the people of Nevis are being “robbed of the VAT collected in Nevis”.

The outspoken Astaphan is calling for a more cordial and harmonious approach to governance in the two islands.

“The people who are allowing those things to happen can stop them from happening. What has Mr Amory (the Nevis premier) or what has Mr Brantley (deputy premier) or any other member of that administration done to incur the wrath and this deliberateness coming from Basseterre,” Astaphan asked.

He said there are constitutional and ethical guidelines that govern the relationship between St Kitts and Nevis, and these should be adhered to.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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Island Watcher:

Well the answer might be simple. Vote to become an independent island like Anguilla. A island who saw the problems that could arise long before they did. Smart folks over there. Of course Douglas will use any tactic he can because of the actions of Brantley & Amory with the vote of no confidence. Do you think this is unusual politics?? Not So !!!

EVERY, and I stress EVERY, administration has used AND ABUSED their position to punish the other. I see it happening now by CCM to those Parishes perceived loyal to NRP. I saw it happen when NRP was in power. So folks it's tit for tat. Such small minded politicians. None really interested in the welfare of the people. Makes me want to throw up. There needs to be a third party of ALL WOMEN. They seem to be able to think with their heads UNLIKE what is happening now.


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