BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor continued his public spat with Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas by publicly opposing his decision to dismiss senior government minister Dr. Timothy Harris over the weekend.
In a statement, Condor, who has sided with Harris on opposition a number of government measures and policies in the past, said he found “no justification in the reasons postulated by the Hon. Prime Minister for the dismissal of Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris”.
He said Harris as an elected parliamentarian “stood in duty and in conscience to articulate deep concerns regarding the impact that certain Bills before Parliament could have on our nation and nation’s people.
“Dr. Harris stood in accordance with his oath, as he was obligated to do and to do without fear or favour. Indeed, the law of the land protects him in that regard,” Condor said, adding “as such, I am of the view that this decision taken against Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris is wrong, ill-conceived and not in the best interest of national stability and unity”.
Less than 72 hours after warning his two senior ministers that they should either resign or submit their resignations if they intended to oppose the government policies, Prime Minister Douglas fired Harris because of his opposition to two recent government-sponsored legislation, including one to increase the number of senators in the National Assembly.