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Former prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Denzil L. Douglas has said investigations will be carried out into any abuse of monies channelled into the recently announced Hurricane Relief Fund option as part of the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme.

And he said that the amount of passports required to be sold in the six-month period of the fund will be too intense for the Citizenship by Investment Unit to handle.

“Dr. Harris is committing the issuance of 4,000 passports within 30, 60 and 90 days. There is going to be administrative pressure in several quarters,” he said.

“No matter how efficient the due diligence system is, he is going to invite undesirables into the application system. The risk is even higher.”

This level of passport issuing works out at around 44 applications each day, including the weekend.

“It is almost like the prime minister has nothing else to do but just sit in front of a pile of paper just signing citizenship certificates.”

New rules ‘easy to abuse’

Responding to public concerns about the fund on his weekly radio show, Douglas agreed with callers that the Public Accounts Committee should have oversight.

He said Statutory Rules & Regulations No. 14 of 2017 signed by Prime Minister Harris on October 2 2017, which brought the fund into operation, has the potential for abuse.

Due to this, he challenged persons appointed by Harris not to become involved in any illegal activity.

“All three are under the control of the prime minister and I want to send out a challenge to all who are public servants. You have your professionalism to take care of,” he said on Kyss 102.5FM

Prime Minister Timothy Harris.

“I can say to you categorically that this is a matter that will come up for investigation at the right time. You have to do what is right and proper not only in your sight, but also in the sight of God. You must not in any way be accomplices to Dr. Harris as he tries to do what he feels like doing with peoples monies.

“That is not going to be accepted and at the right time, this Fund is going to come up for investigation.”

The situation in the Treasury has also being raised by former PM.

“What has happened to the nearly EC$800 million that the Labour administration left in the Treasury? What has happened to it? What has happened to the SIDF funds?”

“These are questions that continue to be raised. People are concerned. The general public is alerted that something is wrong here.”