PS Accused Of Having Too Much Authority
- Published on Monday, 18 November 2013 09:04
- Written by Ken Richards
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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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