By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- US broadcaster and television personality Tavis Smiley’s endorsement of the leadership of St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has drawn a sharp response from Team Unity’s Sam Condor, Douglas’s former deputy.
Smiley, the guest speaker at the Prime Minister’s New Year’s Gala on Saturday, said he hopes Douglas has the opportunity to continue being prime minister of the country.
Condor said the American broadcaster was out of order with his remarks, which also made reference to other people wanting to be head of government in St Kitts and Nevis.
“You know what upset me? A man come here, doesn’t know nothing about what is happening here you know. Tavis Smiley come here to laugh at us, to tell us what a good man Douglas is,” Condor told a Team Unity meeting on Monday night.
“We living with Douglas all our lives, we know Douglas better than any Tavis Smiley could know him, but he come to tell us how good he be. Come here, get his speaker’s fee … gone back, and leave us here with Douglas,” the former deputy prime minister said.
Condor and former senior government minister Timothy Harris, the Team Unity leader, defected from the governing Labour Party earlier this year and are now part of the official opposition.
They left after Harris was fired by the prime minister and Condor resigned, over differences with their then leader on a controversial land for debt swap.
The two are in full support of a motion of no confidence in the government filed in December 2012 by four elected opposition MPs.
The motion has not been tabled after more than a year, and Condor told the opposition’s public meeting on Monday that nothing has changed “and under Douglas it could only get worse”.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network