08/15/13 - SKNVibes.com - PLP Leader Dr. Timothy Harris insults Cubaeducated students and Cuba
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, August 14th 2013 (CUOPM) - Remarks last week by
former St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Foreign Affairs about Cuba and
Kittitians and Nevisians who have studied in Cuba has been regarded as an
insult to their profession and the Cuban government.
NevisPages Wednesday reported that self-appointed leader of the Peoples
Labour Party, Dr Timothy Harris launched an all out attack on the goodwill
of the Republic of Cuba in remarks at a recent political meeting in which
he implied that Kittitians and Nevisians who are educated in Cuba were also
indoctrinated in Communism and are now trying to take over the country.
What did Dr. Harris said: "Wilson is a doctor trained in Communist Cuba.
Who that? Doctor who? Vienna sausage is a doctor trained in Cuba. Well me
ain't want no Drew, me easy to catch cold we no want no Drew.
How come all of these people trained in Communist Cuba? All of them...they
must be Pen Pal; Are you a pen pal. So all of you went to do medicine and
all of you come back and want to take over we country and it is happening
at a dangerous time when democracy is under threat.
Those who are trained in Communism are coming and they are saying all of us
gone get involved in politics. Something not adding up, something fishy up
de camp, something fishy but think about it; think about it.
When you are in 'Castro land' you do what Castro says. If Castro says eat
potato you better eat potato. If say Castro say eat rice, you better eat
the rice and no say the grains are hard. They understand dictatorship so I
wouldn't be surprised if they want to practice it."
NevisPages noted that Dr. Harris singled out Dr. Vance Gilbert, Dr. Norgen
Wilson and Dr. Terrence Drew, all named as candidates in the next general
elections constitutionally due in 2015.
The public has expressed outrage at his comments, in particular those whose
family members have benefited from the generosity of the Cuban Government
and people and have called for a public apology.
A family member of a Cuban scholarship recipient said the leader of the PLP
overlooked the benefits of a quality college education that has been
afforded to citizens of St Kitts and Nevis from the Republic of Cuba.
Upon hearing the comments, Dr Gilbert said, it is unfortunate that such
comments were made, but even more unfortunate that they were made by a
former Foreign Minister. Dr Gilbert went on to further state, that his
educational experience in Cuba, helped him to better understand what it is
to be a true patriot, and really helped to awaken his desire to serve St
Kitts and Nevis in every capacity upon his return.
Addressing the remarks made by Dr. Harris, Dr. Wilson said, he apologizes
to the people of Cuba for the comments made by the former Minister, and
stated that, Cuba has shared what they have with the people of the
Federation through Education and Health Care. He went on to say, friends do
not speak ill of friends, no matter the context. He said, Dr. Harris'
comments clearly shows he is not ready to lead.
A member of the Cuban Students Alumni Association also expressed
disappointment with the remarks made by Dr. Harris and stated, "the
comments display a level of insensitivity, ungratefulness and a disconnect
of Dr. Harris with regards to the international relationship of the
Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and its international partners."
Over 100 persons from St. Kitts and Nevis have studied at Cuban Colleges
and University in fields ranging from Accounting to Civil Engineering,
Medicine and Dentistry. Some have specialized in areas such as
Pharmacology, Radiology and Pathology.
Dr. Harris was a member of the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party, a member of
Cabinet for 18 years and served as a Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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