Prime Minister Gaston Browne has paralyzed a suggestion by Barbuda Member of Parliament Trevor Walker for Antigua and Barbuda to consider the St. Kitts and Nevis federation system.
Browne said on Pointe FM over the weekend that he is not willing to meet with Walker who has opposed every single development proposed for the sister-isle.
Browne said while Walker is seeking more autonomy by making reference to the Nevis situation, he has not yet acknowledged that the island is not solely dependent on S. Kitts.
“If indeed you would have a situation in which Barbuda presides over its own economic affairs, how will they feed themselves,” the prime minister asked.
“Because practically every cent that is spent in Barbuda right now comes from the Antiguan treasury,” he said.
Based on this, the prime minister concluded that “Barbuda is not in a position to consider such a system.”
The Prime Minister further dismissed the suggestion as a bid for even more political power by Walker.
“It is evident that what Trevor is interested in is more power, he and a handful of people. They feel that Barbuda belongs to them and the truth is Barbuda belongs to all of us,” Browne told radio listeners.
He added “what they really want is power and power at the expense of the Barbudan people.”
Browne challenged Walker to “tell the nation, what have you and your council have done for the Barbudan people since the last general elections.”
“I suspect he’s under pressure so he’s now trying to suggest that we ought to look at a new construct.”
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