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‘Decision March’ confirms resident expertise to rebuild unified VI

…we are the power brokers—Dr Turnbull
Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church, Reverend Dr Melvin A. Turnbull. Photo: CGBBC
Demonstrators along Waterfront Drive in Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
Demonstrators along Waterfront Drive in Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI - The ‘Decision March’ of May 24, 2018, has clearly confirmed that the expertise needed to rebuild a new Virgin Islands (VI), “resides among us.”

This is the view held by Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church, Reverend Dr Melvin A. Turnbull, who in advancing the argument to Virgin Islanders, issued a public statement on June 13, 2018, saying “…we are the power brokers.”

According to Dr Turnbull, now more than ever, “we must draw on the genius of all the people of the VI and move forward collectively as a community, one BVI, One Territory, One People.”

One Vision, Not Division

Now is not the time to panic, he said, adding that Virgin Islanders must focus on building a VI with ‘one vision, not division.’

He said, though several groups and organizations are planning, “we must be clear as to what we want the new BVI to look like in the short term, medium term and long term….we must resist the paralysing drug of procrastination and move forward with a sense of urgency.”

5,000 Virgin Islanders

The Cane Garden Bay’s Senior Pastor’s clarion call, comes against the backdrop of the ‘Decision March’ in May, where close to 5,000 Virgin Islanders took to the streets of Road Town, Tortola, to protest a decision by the United Kingdom government, imposing public registers of beneficial ownership be established by 2020.

The subsequent procession—the largest in the territory’s history—had moved off from the ‘Sunday Morning Well’ to the Governor’s Office in the Capital City, after which a petition with 3,000 signatures affixed, was handed over to the UK Resident Representative objecting to the public registers and its implications.

The ‘Decision March’ organising committee has since established an Economic Advisory Group (EAG) comprising Chairman John I. Cline and is aimed at supporting the VI’s government negotiations and overtures in order to avert the 2020 obligation imposed by the UK.

3 Responses to “‘Decision March’ confirms resident expertise to rebuild unified VI ”

  • what a thing (17/06/2018, 17:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    look who house got search n look what was found
  • Den (17/06/2018, 20:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are these pastors following Jesus,s teaching and shepherding their flock or are they politicking? We seem to have lost it somewhere. Who will say let us go on our knees and ask for a word from God. Everyone seem to be locked in the retaliation realm. If we seek God,s guidance, he will take us through the storm.
  • corrrection (18/06/2018, 11:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    A large percentage of that crowd were long term expat and expat who have vested interest in the bvi. Expats who are with us for over 20 years should get some kind work permit exeption and/or residency. We can't do it without expats.


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