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26 years as a parliamentarian: Prime Minister Harris thanks constituents

Published 2 December 2019

Buckie Got It. St. Kitts and Nevis News Source

26 years as a parliamentarian: Prime Minister Harris thanks constituents

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, December 2, 2019 (PLP PR Media Inc.) — Prime Minister and Area Parliamentary Representative for Constituency Number Seven, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, on Sunday 1st December profoundly thanked his constituents who first elected him to parliament on November 29, 1993, and thereafter re-elected him in five subsequent elections.

“Twenty six years ago, in 1993, I returned from Canada and offered myself to the people of Constituency Number Seven,” said Prime Minister Harris during a worship service held at the House of Deliverance New Testament Church of God, Main Street, in Tabernacle.

“The people of Constituency Seven gave me overwhelming support on the 29th of November 1993. Every election that I have contested since 1993, you have treated me better than I deserve and so I am very much delighted that so many of you have come out today to show solidarity and support.”

Activities held to mark the 26th anniversary of Dr Harris’ service to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis as a parliamentarian started with a church service on Saturday November 23 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Molineux, and culminated with the worship service at the Tabernacle church, which is his hometown church.

The message, which was delivered by Senior Pastor Mrs Octavia Charles-Warner, was based on the book of Numbers 13:30 and was captioned: ‘Giants are in the land but with the help of the Lord we are well able to overcome’.

“I want to say thanks to this church; thanks for the support; thanks to all of you who have journeyed far and near – Sandy Point, Basseterre – and a special thank you to my constituents who have been with me for so long,” said the Honourable Prime Minister. “I owe a debt of gratitude which I shall never be able to pay, except to keep in my heart that love for you, for your family, for your friends and to promise, while serving, I shall certainly give the best possible service I can for my constituents whom I love so very much, and to the country as a whole.”

Prime Minister Harris also paid special tribute to his political colleagues in the tripartite grouping, the Team Unity Family. The Team Unity of three political parties, which forms the Federal Government, is made up of his Peoples Labour Party (PLP), People’s Action Movement (PAM), and the Nevis-based Concern Citizens Movement (CCM).

Earlier on, a brother of the Prime Minister, Mr Hester Rawlins told the congregation as he paid tribute to their father and his brother (Prime Minister Harris) that 1st December is a special day for the extended family. Their father, Mr Godfrey Nisbett of blessed memories, would have been 102 years old, while their sister Ms Velma Nisbett, also of blessed memories, would have celebrated her 68th birthday. 

“I wish to welcome all those who are here today, celebrating not only with Timothy but for me especially, to my father who was very special to me,” said Mr Hester Rawlins. “Those persons who are from the community of Tabernacle and everybody in Tabernacle know who my father was. He placed a very high value and discipline and dedication, thus there is no surprise in our teenage years four of the sons became police officers. It is because of the discipline that we had in our house.”

Mr Rawlins added: “My father was a God-fearing person, so I am not surprised that Timothy behaves in that kind of way (attending church services). As a matter of fact he (the father) told me he used to worship at this very church.”

Attending the worship service included Senior Minister and Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs the Hon Vance Amory and Mrs Vernie Amory; Minister of Public Infrastructure the Hon Ian Patches Liburd; Attorney General the Hon Vincent Byron; Deputy Speaker, Senator the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett; Cabinet Secretary Mrs Josephine Huggins; Commissioner of Police Mr Hilroy Brandy; and Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibilities for Operations Mr Adolph Adams.

Also present at the church service included Ambassador His Excellency Michael Powell; Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Abelardo Fabio Hernandez Ferrer; and Chargé D’affaires of the Republic of Venezuela, Mr Marco Guzman.

Others included returning national and former judge of the OECS, Mr Tony Ross QC; Director of the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board, Mr Antonio Maynard; and membership of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP), led by its National Chairman Mr Warren Thompson.

1: Prime Minister Harris and a subset of his constituents who accompanied him for the worship service at the House of Deliverance New Testament Church of God in Tabernacle.
2: Prime Minister Harris addressing members of the congregation.
3: Senior Pastor Mrs Octavia Charles-Warner delivering the message: ‘Giants are in the land but with the help of the Lord we are well able to overcome’.
4: Senior Pastor Charles-Warner lays her hand on PM Harris as she prayed for him and the Cabinet. Others are: Hon Ian Patches Liburd, Hon Vance Amory, Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett and Hon Vincent Byron.
5: Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris (left) with Senior Pastor Mrs Octavia Charles-Warner, and Senior Minister and Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs the Hon Vance Amory.

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