Opposition Senator Carlisle Powell (left) and Deputy Premier Mark Brantley
By Toni Frederick
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (WINN) -- Deputy premier of Nevis Mark Brantley has reported opposition senator Carlisle Powell to the police for a statement he made on radio earlier this month.
Powell’s Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) has continuously accused the Nevis Island Administration of firing and victimizing NRP supporters. In the statement aired on a radio station in Nevis on January 9 and rebroadcast on January 10, Powell, among other statements, called on his party’s supporters to make the lives of those who were firing them “uncomfortable.”
Brantley has forwarded a copy of the full statement to local media houses, advising that he has referred the matter to police for further action.
“The statement speaks for itself,” he told the press.
On Saturday, WINN FM was unsuccessful in reaching Brantley for a comment about his decision to refer the matter to police. A call to Powell was unreturned as of Saturday evening.
Brantley’s Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) swept to power in Nevis a year ago, after an election petition overturned the results of the 2011 election in his constituency of St John’s due to the misconduct of electoral officials. Then premier Joseph Parry chose to dissolve the Assembly and call a full election, which the NRP lost to the CCM.
Within weeks, the NRP began accusing the new administration of mass firings of its supporters and other instances of victimization; charges that continue unabated a year later. The NIA has denied the accusations, insisting that it only ended abusive contracts and fired no government employees.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network