St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): One of the government’s diplomats is supporting calls for the Team Unity administration to move more speedily on its good governance agenda.
Critics have suggested that the coalition administration is moving much too slowly, not having yet made good on integrity in public life and freedom of information legislation election promises after two years.
Making a comment on the subject at a Good Governance Lecture Series where Caribbean Jurist Adrian Saunders spoke on the Rule of Law in the Caribbean, Ambassador Sam Condor suggested that the region has been firm on good governance issues in the past even though the push wasn’t labeled good governance at the time.
Justice Saunders’ position that Caribbean states who have not to date made the CCJ their final appellate court will eventually do so in time, apparently didn’t sit well with former deputy prime minister Condor.
He suggests that this along with other good governance matters should be prioritized.
“I would like to submit that the whole idea of objection and protest to the way the governors were appointed during colonial times was our whole approach and concern about good governance, and how we should be governed. Our agitation for adult suffrage was part of that good governance agenda, it wasn’t called that. Our fight for the establishment and the legalization of trade unionism and all that, these were our efforts in terms of good governance and how we think our country should be governed and so I get the impression that you have a long term view on these matters, but I want to say that the whole idea of good governance isn’t anything that we should wait for a long time to come, these are matters that we have been agitating about for nearly 100 years.”
According to the St Kitts and Nevis diplomat, there appears to be a lack of political will to move expeditiously on the matter of good governance.
“We know and you said it correctly that we have the intellect to govern ourselves it is just the will to do what is right, to make sure that we implement these policies and programmes of good governance. I think the time has come, I know for example in the case of St Kitts and Nevis, at the constitutional conference this was an issue, whether integrity in public life should be part of the constitutional arrangement, there was a whole discussion about that. This has been an active part of the political agenda and discourse and discussion since pre-independence and in particular since independence. So I am admonishing not only here in St Kitts and Nevis, but in the region, we are one people in the Caribbean and CARICOM and OECS, that our political directorate must see the whole idea of good governance as a matter of urgency and that we must have these policies implemented and organized expeditiously.”
Ambassador Condor had, as part of the Team Unity election campaign team, ahead of the 2015 general election, emphasized the need for implementing a good governance agenda in a timely manner.