Gang members in Nevis on payroll like St Kitts counterparts?

Basseterre, St Kitts, October 17, 2019 – An unknown number of gang members on the island of Nevis are now on the payroll like their counterparts on St Kitts, multiple sources have informed over the past few days.
In August, Major General Stewart Saunders, National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, confirmed public statements by Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas, that gang members on St Kitts were being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars weekly.
While Saunders stopped short of admitting that the payments are being made to the gang members to stop commit murders and other crimes and for turning in guns and ammunition to the police, he also confirmed a further disclosure by former prime minister Douglas that the payments to the gang members are being made via the Development Bank of St Kitts and Nevis, headed by Dr Harris’ brother, Lenworth Harris.
It was not immediately known how many gang members in Nevis are on the payroll and if any guns and ammunition were handed over to police in Nevis.  Federal authorities in Basseterre have also not disclosed how many gang members are being paid on St Kitts.
Suspected gang members on St Kitts are said to be publicly showing off large sums of money.
“If there is a programme of paying violent gang members money to stop committing crime, then we all need to know because the money is coming from the taxpayers of St Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr Douglas, who made it absolutely clear that if that is what it is “we must know where in the government is this programme based.”
“Is it in the Office of the Prime Minister or is it in the Office of the Minister of National Security? Who are the facilitators of this programme? Who are the programme managers? What is the role of the Development Bank of St Kitts and Nevis in this particular programme? What is the role of the Bank? Is it that we are having for example, monies being paid from the Office of the Prime Minister or from the Ministry of National Security into the Development Bank and then the monies are disbursed from the Development Bank or is it that it is coming from the Treasury? We need to know and we demand answers not only as citizen of St Kitts and Nevis but as Members of the Parliament of St Kitts and Nevis,” Dr Douglas on August 20.
“This particular fund is administered by the Development Bank of St Kitts and Nevis,” Dr Harris’ office said in a statement issued on August 22.
“Where is the accountability and transparency? We demand answers. We need to know the budget and how much money has been allocated to this programme? We are for helping our young men, but we cannot be left in the dark,” said Dr Douglas.

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