January 31, 2014
Former Diplomat may honour son’s wish, run for political office

Former Diplomat Fitz Bramble, whose son FitzAllan, better known as “Wizzy” was gunned down by masked gunmen on Monday, says the death ‘has heightened his desire’ to fulfill his son’s repeated wish – that he becomes a parliamentarian and ‘run the country’.{{more}}

“He passionately begged me, on a continuous basis, ‘Daddy, come home and run the country’,” Bramble said of his son, who was shot multiple times by the gunmen in a shop in his home village, Sion Hill late Monday night.

“I must say that his death has heightened my desire and ambition to serve my Vincentian people at the level of Parliamentary Representation,” Bramble said.

Bramble gave no indication of any current political allegiance or how soon he plans to make the political plunge.

General elections are constitutionally due by 2015, and there are currently four active political parties in the country – the ruling Unity Labour Party which has been in office since 2001, the main opposition New Democratic Party, the Green Party and the recently formed Democratic Republican Party.

Bramble served as Minister Counsellor/Deputy Ambassa­dor at the Embassy of St Vincent and the Grenadines to the United States from 2000 to 2005, beginning his assignment under an NDP administration and continuing when the ULP came to office. He later became the OAS (Organisation of American States) Country Representative/Am­bassa­dor to Suriname, from 2006 to 2011.

Bramble currently lectures in Economics at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Bramble shares more on his son in an interview with Searchlight in another article.