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Talk peace and act peace, former governor urges St Kitts-Nevis politicians
Published on January 31, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former governor Sir Probyn Innis says the current political climate in St Kitts and Nevis is worrying.

He said he understands why people are concerned about the situation, with four fires in the first month of the year causing destruction to property -- two of them declared by the police as acts of arson.

According to Innis, the current situation lends itself to escalation.

Sir Probyn Innis
“Because who is in control? None of the leaders can claim to be in control of their supporters and even of those who do not support them. And so it only takes one individual to do something, and it can bring disaster for the great majority of us in this country,” the former governor told WINN FM.

He expressed the hope that “the leaders would recognize how important it is to tone down their rhetoric”.

Asked to comment specifically on Prime Minister Denzil Douglas’ “burn them out” comment at a public meeting at a time when destruction by fire has taken place in the federation, the former governor insisted that all of the politicians need to be more measured in their utterances on the platform.

“Well I’m not going to characterize the prime minister’s statement in terms of it being inflammatory or anything of that nature. You know I do try hard not to get into the political fray,” Innis explained.

He is, however, urging the country’s politicians to “speak peace and act peace”.

According to Innis, the people should be allowed to make their choices free from any pressure or incitement.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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