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St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is being advised to reform its party if they hope to assume office in the near future.

The advice came from callers on WINN FM’s Voices programme on Tuesday, where the current political landscape of St. Kitts and Nevis was discussed.

Several of those who called in criticized the opposition, expressing a range of concerns.

The lack of a succession plan in the Labour Party was one of the critical issues raised. 

“Listen to the opposition, this is what is happening, they have no succession plan that’s the first thing wrong with them. The leader wants to die in office like his successors before him and he doesn’t see any one who he can pass the baton to.”

Marcella Liburd, Chairperson of the Labour Party, has refuted these accusations.

She made specific reference to the succession plan issue. 

“Well that is totally false, but there is a succession plan for the party. We are not a stagnant party, it’s been there. Timothy Harris knows about it, Sam Condor knows about it, it’s been there and we actually had someone come in, an expert from overseas to address all of this, which was put into a report which they know about and they constantly sort of refine it because as I said like everything else it’s dynamic.”

The succession plan caller also accused the opposition of still maintaining the same old strategies and rhetoric that caused it to lose the last elections. 

“Mr. Nital the opposition here has not changed their strategy and their ways. The same strategies are what put them in the opposition in the early eighties, brought them into government into early nineties and took them out of government in the 2000 era and they have not changed their policies and their programmes.”

Labour Party Chairperson, MP Liburd says the tactics, the methods and plans of the party are currently the subject of proper consultation within the party.

“We are working on it right now, everything is timing. So, we are constantly revising and looking at the way forward, a different direction, but we are not ready to release it yet. So, we in the present constantly come together and look at these things, invite people and speak to experts. So, we are going to have brand new plans going forward it’s just that everything is timing.”

MP Marcella Liburd speaking to WINN FM on Tuesday.

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+1 #4 Maritza 2017-04-13 09:22
Dr Gopaul-Nichols has to be prophetic and has called it as she saw it way back in 2013 in an article by winnfm she said the following.

"This is a dictatorship in the making here you know, I think you all need to really understand that you know. It's a galloping kind of dictatorship happening here you know, and it's not a benevolent dictatorship going on here," she warned. Making the case for a new type of Caribbean politics Dr Gopaul-McNicol suggested that today's politicians, fashioned by colonialism, continue to live in the past."
0 #3 Maritza 2017-04-13 09:13
I though this a very good article but there was a bit of anticlimax, not on the part of the writer but because of the lack of information given by the person interviewed.

The thesis of this piece was based on whether or not a succession plan existed in the Labour Party. After all the beating around the bushes by the Hon Marcella, we the reading public are yet to hear what exactly is the Labour Party SUCCESSION PLAN whereby a more competent leader can is given the chance to emerge to take over the reins of the party.

Where there is no plan to pass on a leadership to others, is very much indicative of what one would call a dynasty -where the king passes power from him too his son etc - or a galloping dictatorship within the Labour Party as was correctly stated by Dr Sharon-Ann Gopaul-McNicol
-2 #2 Richie Buntin 2017-04-12 12:30
you know what is funny with this report, 1 most of the callers to voices program are anti labour 95% of them, so that part of the report don't hold any water. 2. the statement made by Nital makes no sense, first the strategy used by labour took them out of office in the 80's got them back in office in the 90's then took them back out again in 2014, so tell me explain why it didn't work in the 80s but work in the 90's the didn't work in the 2014, so that mean it will work again but only by sometime in the 20's that's just trying to saw the seeds of doubt.
-1 #1 Jeffrey L Donovan 2017-04-11 22:54
Hon. Marcella Liburd will be the Federation's first female Prime Minister. The impediment that is inhibiting her has to be willing to step aside and accept that everything has a beginning, a duration and an end; no one in indispensable. As soon as there is recognition of the fact that the shelf life has been reached and expired, the Hon. Marcella Liburd will be the leader and thus become Prime Minister next time Labor wins.

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