St Kitts-Nevis PM denies holding a Dominica diplomatic passport

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris

BASSETERRE, St Kitts — Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, has denied having a Dominica diplomatic passport or any other passport. He has never had a Dominican diplomatic passport or a passport from any other country except for the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis.

The latest allegation follows a series of accusations and denials by the St Kitts and Nevis opposition leader and former prime minister, Dr Denzil Douglas, that he held Dominica citizenship by virtue of being issued a diplomatic passport by that country.

Images of both purported passports have been widely circulated on social media.

Earlier this month, Douglas said in a statement that he “…does not hold dual citizenship, has never held dual citizenship, does not hold and never held citizenship of Dominica or any other country, except that of St Kitts and Nevis”.

It is said that Douglas was forced to look to Dominica for a travel document in 2015 when his St Kitts and Nevis diplomatic passport was withdrawn after losing the general election in February of that year and a renewal of his regular passport was inexplicably delayed, thus preventing him from travelling outside the country.

According to local sources, this may have been retribution for similar action taken by Douglas against Harris, after firing him as a Cabinet minister in 2013. The disputed image of the Dominica passport in Harris’s name was allegedly issued the following year on June 20, 2014.