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PS Accused Of Having Too Much Authority

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A former senior government minister has taken aim at a senior civil servant, suggesting that she is wielding too much power.

Team Unity Leader Dr Timothy Harris at a political meeting on Friday, alleged that permanent secretary Astonia Browne is the official controlling the police force, and not Police Commissioner CG Walwyn.

That allegation now being voiced on the political platform, had been made earlier this year on social network FaceBook by someone claiming to be a member of the police force.

Dr Harris, who has parted ways with the Douglas administration and is now leader of a three party alliance known as Team Unity (they have six elected members of parliament to the government’s five), alleges that Browne has too much authority and political clout.

“Astonia Browne, with more power than a minister, directing the police … ask the police what is happening, ask them how promotions ah go,” Dr Harris told Team Unity supporters.

“Everybody know Astonia running the force,” the former senior government minister said while suggested that promotions in the police force were based on factors other than merit.

“Politics determines who will go over to Nevis.  Politics determines who will be promoted,” Dr Harris said.

Ms Browne is a permanent secretary who chairs the country’s anti-crime unit.

She is also the St Kitts and Nevis Commissioner to the OECS.

Meanwhile the government’s PEP programme which provides temporary employment for young people is again being criticized by Team Unity parliamentarians.

According to the opposition MPs, the PEP programme is an election vote-catching initiative intended to benefit the governing Labour Party.

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0 #5 J. Stuart 2013-11-19 07:11
COP dismisses reports of internal tensions in Force as 'garbage' - See more at:

http://www.winnfm.com/news/local/4719-cop-dismisses-reports-of-internal-tensions-in-force-as-garbage
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+1 #4 Robert 2013-11-18 20:29
I agree with DM.
These are serious charges by Mr. Harris to which both Astona Browne and Police Commissioner Walwyn should be given opportunity, in fairness, to respond!

Journalism 101.
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+1 #3 DM 2013-11-18 18:35
#hush

I hope you are not trying to tell me to be "hushed" because that type of attitude is not fit in a democracy.

The point here is that WINN FM should not be caught parrotting thin stories that have no basis in reality but a simply a political hit job from the political platform.

If Timothy had FACTS he would not ask, he would state. those are not standards that I made up, they are tried and tested in any fair media coverage.

I like WINN FM, it's where i get my news, but fairness in journalism must always prevail.
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0 #2 hush 2013-11-18 17:48
Quoting DM:
Winn FM has to be careful it isn't being caught running purely political stories for the benefit of the opposition. What is disappointing withthis type of hournalism is that you run the story with no mention of statement from the Commissioner of Police.

Wnn FM should know that not everything on a Facebook page turns out to be true. True journalist should know that whenever a politicial asks a provocative question on the political platform, the way Timothy did in this case, it is a clear indication that he does not have any facts to support a statement on the same matter.

Hopefully WINN FM can maintain a higher level of journalistic intergrity and not subject its international audience to the very low bar set with this article.

Douglas said he over threw a sitting government,he boasted he can incite again,he threatened citizens if they voted for Hamilton..what say you on this?
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0 #1 DM 2013-11-18 14:18
Winn FM has to be careful it isn't being caught running purely political stories for the benefit of the opposition. What is disappointing withthis type of hournalism is that you run the story with no mention of statement from the Commissioner of Police.

Wnn FM should know that not everything on a Facebook page turns out to be true. True journalist should know that whenever a politicial asks a provocative question on the political platform, the way Timothy did in this case, it is a clear indication that he does not have any facts to support a statement on the same matter.

Hopefully WINN FM can maintain a higher level of journalistic intergrity and not subject its international audience to the very low bar set with this article.
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