St Kitts government denies paying criminals in order to keep peace
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC- The St Kitts-Nevis government has denied paying money to rival gangs and criminals in a bid to ensure peace and stability in the twin-island Federation.
“We have this calm in the society and persons should be commending all persons wherever they are from for this calm. This is the peace dividend we have been talking about and we are now having it and we are happy about it,” Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris told a news conference.
Last month, Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for the Crime Directorate, Andre Mitchell, said that there had been a significant reduction in major crimes when compared to the corresponding period last year.
He said there had been a 42 per cent decline in St Kitts and a 21 per cent reduction in Nevis.
Harris said that his administration would remain supportive of the efforts by individuals or organisations dedicated to preserving the “peace and prosperity of St Kitts and Nevis and to help others who would have gone astray or who are inclined to go astray…”
He dismissed suggestions that payments were being made to criminals in order to ensure peace, accusing persons peddling such reports of having “a hidden agenda.”
He insisted that his government is not involved in any quid pro quo arrangement.