Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, March 28th, 2016 –Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, the Parliamentary Representative for Constituency #7, met with scores of people for one-on-one consultations that spanned more than three hours on Thursday, March 24th. It was after 8:00pm when Prime Minister Harris had his final one-on-one consultation at the Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School in Molineux.
Some persons who are not members of Constituency #7 also came to Molineux for the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister.
One of those persons is Noel Stevens, who is from Central Basseterre, Constituency #2.
“This is a place where I know I would get to talk to him,” said 34-year-old Mr. Stevens. “At Government Headquarters, there is where he is more tied up. At these occasions, you get more of the small man, people like me, to get a time to talk to him. These moments are good for people in the public and what we call the middle class and the poor ones to communicate with the Prime Minister, for him to know their pain and their aches. We know he’s not a medical doctor, but still the Prime Minister plays a very important role. People look to him for some kind of help or assistance, not help meaning financially but help meaning whatever it is he can do to assist,” Noel Stevens added.
Twenty-four-year-old Kylon Lake said he read a news article about the Prime Minister’s one-on-one consultations with members of Constituency #7. “So I said I need to speak with the Prime Minister,” Mr. Lake added.
“He’s from my village, so I see him on a usual basis,” Kylon Lake said. “My expectations are very high. I’m hoping that after I leave the presence of the Prime Minister I’ll have the assurance that he’ll help me out with the pressing matter.”
Getting to sit with the Prime Minister is always symbolic for one 40-year-old lady, who declined to give her name. It symbolizes the strong ties that she and her family have with him.
“He used to just come and sit down and talk to my grandmother,” she said, adding that her grandmother would always tell the Prime Minister ‘Do the good works!’ The lady went on to say, “She said she would always vote for him. So she is always telling us do not turn our back on him.”
At 5:59 p.m., after the woman met with Prime Minister Harris, she assessed the meeting. “It went good, good, good so far. He said he will look into it for me and then he will get back to me.”
At 6:57 p.m., Noel Stevens came out of the classroom where he had just met with Prime Minister Harris. “I’m smiling because I’m happy now. The Prime Minister gave me a good, good answer. He told me ‘I know your pain and I understand you.’ I feel very impressed. He took my number and he is going to follow up, and he told me to speak with a specific Minister of Government and what procedure to take. I will keep following up, too,” Mr. Stevens said, adding: “I feel much better.”
At 7:14 p.m., Kylon Lake checked back in, saying: “It was refreshing. He gave me some timely information, so I’m really happy that I got the response from him. He told me to go and meet with someone.”
Mr. Lake added: “He told me if there’s anything [that comes up], I could check back with him. So I’m satisfied.”
The day was long. The Prime Minister had a meeting with his Cabinet prior to heading to the one-on-one consultations in Molineux. However, it was worth it. The scores of people who met with Prime Minister Harris left the meeting feeling assured of a short, clear path to a resolution.