The St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party marked their 83rd Anniversary today with a Remembrance Service. Leader of the SKNLP Dr. Denzil Douglas along with Party Chairperson Hon. Marcella Liburd were joined by newly elected MP Konris Maynard and Former Deputy PM Dr. Earl Asim Martin and Labour Party Constitutnecy #5 Candidate Dr. Norgen Wilson at the St.Pauls Anglican Church to celebrate the legacy of the 83 year old party.
Noticeably absent from service were springtime candidates Dr. Vance Gilbert and Dr. Terrance Drew as well as former Constituency #4 representative Glenn “Ghost” Phillip. The absence further fuelled speculation that there is an ever widening rift between the young springtime candidates and the leadership of the SKNLP. It also adds to the speculation that former Constituency#4 Candidate Phillip is growing increasingly disenchanted with the SKNLP Leadership . At the heart of the speculation is the reported move by certain factions from within the party ranks to push Dr. Drew for the leadership of the party. Drew is seen by many within the party as the best choice to lead the party back to the halls of government headquarters.
In the Lead up to the February 16th Elections Dr. Douglas announced that he would step down as Party Leader after the elections. Douglas’ failure to step down has seemingly frustrated some within the party who are of the view that in order for the party to rebound and rebuild there must be a change of leadership to the younger more vibrant and popular Drew. However others have declared that Konris Maynard should be the next in line while others seem satisfied with Hon. Liburd. All are alleged to be at odds with the choice of Dr. Douglas who persons have speculated has a preference for Senator Carty as the person to replace him.
Whether the rumours and speculations are true or not one thing is certain and that is The SKN Labour Party certainly has some rebuilding to do. A situation that is by no means unusual for a party that has recently lost power after some 20 years in office.