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Dr Turnbull slams VI Leaders, those facilitating ‘corruption’

…says real enemy is ‘driven by the love of power’
Dr Melvin A. Turnbull slams VI Leaders, those facilitating ‘corruption.’ Photo: VINO/File
The Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church gave the stinging rebuke during his ‘Emancipation Service’ message, on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Photo Internet Source
The Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church gave the stinging rebuke during his ‘Emancipation Service’ message, on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Photo Internet Source
Hon Myron V. Walwyn (at right)—the co-leader of the NDP in a recent radio broadcast claimed there is no corruption in the Government. Political aspirant and likely Virgin Islands Party, At-Large Candidate, Mr Julian Willock, has however, rubbished these claims on numerous occasions. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Myron V. Walwyn (at right)—the co-leader of the NDP in a recent radio broadcast claimed there is no corruption in the Government. Political aspirant and likely Virgin Islands Party, At-Large Candidate, Mr Julian Willock, has however, rubbished these claims on numerous occasions. Photo: VINO/File
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI - Chairman of the Virgin Islands (VI) Heritage Month Committee, Reverend Dr Melvin A. Turnbull, has lashed out at ‘those’ that facilitate ‘corruption’ in the Territory saying, “…be careful who you take money from, and for what, it might just be your enslavement.”

The Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church (CGBBC) gave the stinging rebuke during his ‘Emancipation Service’ message, on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Leaders Matter

Dr Turnbull, in a not-so subtle, or thinly veiled rebuke of the Territory’s current leadership, told residents, “…it matters who you follow –cause the spirit of the leader is transferred to the follower.”

He was at the time speaking to the crucial need for ‘discernment’ among the peoples of the Territory.

Discernment, he said, “is knowing the difference between being paranoid or naïve, cold or hot, valuable or cheap, friendly or easy, a hand up or a hand out, a fish or a net; being honoured or being used, having legal or moral authority – you get it?”

As the Territory gears for an election campaign ahead of the 2019 General Elections, Dr Turnbull was adamant, “…be careful who hugs and kisses you. It may just be the creation and perpetuation of a perception.”

Envelopes

Again addressing the matter of corruption in the Territory, Dr Turnbull pleaded “…the next time you are offered, and or about to take that ‘envelope’ remember, it’s a spirit of control – you deserve better.”

He was adamant, “…I am weary of people who use the law of power to manipulate others by creating a perception where people are made to believe that we are doing them a favour, when in fact we have a responsibility to do so.”

According to Dr Turnbull, “it’s time to tell our leaders that we see through it all and will not fall for it anymore.”

Juxtaposing the experiences of the church with his message, Dr Turnbull observed “dissension within the church has always crippled the church—rendering it inefficient and irrelevant.”

As such, he posits, “it’s not the enemy without that bothers me, I know who he is and what he’s about,” and points to the real nemesis, in the form of those, “driven by the love of power rather than the power of love” and those, “using people to get things, rather than using things to love people.”

Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL)—the co-leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP)—in a recent radio broadcast, claimed there is no corruption in the Government.

Political aspirant and likely Virgin Islands Party (VIP) At-Large Candidate, Mr Julian Willock, has however, rubbished Hon Walwyn’s claims on numerous occasions, pointing out also that it was where the previous Governor John S. Duncan, who had labeled the NDP a corrupt government.

 

6 Responses to “Dr Turnbull slams VI Leaders, those facilitating ‘corruption’ ”

  • ccc (09/08/2018, 10:45) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell them pastor
  • Not2Sure (09/08/2018, 11:16) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope myrun listen to message
  • reality (09/08/2018, 12:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep speaking truth to power Doc..who it hurt it hurt
    • Spade (09/08/2018, 18:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Glad he is opening the eyes of the people in the 7th district that's the perfect picture of the current Representative time for he to go home
  • Spade (09/08/2018, 18:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These words are for Pickering 7th district Rep calling a spade a spade as he the pastor see it
  • SMH (10/08/2018, 15:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    That was neither the place nor the time. As the chairman of this committee where was the message of the importance of preserving our heritage? What does this committee do anyway? Political jabs at such an important event as our emanicipation celebration did nothing but make him sound bitter.


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