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EXCLUSIVE: Edmund Maduro to contest 2015 general elections

- says constitutional rights of BVIslanders being violated
Mr Edmund Maduro has announced his intention to run for office in the Virgin Islands General elections in 2015. Photo: VINO/File
According to Mr Edmund Maduro, one of the reasons for his decision is to be a voice for the people of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
According to Mr Edmund Maduro, one of the reasons for his decision is to be a voice for the people of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Popular talk show host Mr Edmund Maduro has stated emphatically that he will be contesting the 2015 general elections in the Virgin Islands.

Mr Maduro told Virgin Islands News Online in an exclusive interview yesterday January 1, 2014 that it is an announcement he chose to break in the New Year ahead of his next public talk show which is scheduled for Thursday January 9, 2014.

“Win, lose or draw I will be running in the next elections next year, once I am alive I most definitely will be running. I am very serious about that decision,” said Mr Maduro.

Mr Maduro, who previously ran for a Territorial-At Large seat as an Independent candidate in the 2011 general elections, has not stated just yet whether he intends to run as an Independent or with any of the existing parties. It is not known just yet either if he will be part of a new party that is expected to emerge soon.

While noting that his plans and reasons for running for office will be discussed in-depth at a later time with this news site, he offered that one of the main reasons behind his decision is the fact that he believes that the constitutional rights of many BVI Islanders are being violated.

Mr Maduro argued that the present system is very corrupt and has been depriving the small and average man from a fair share of a decent livelihood. “They have threatened to kill me because I am not afraid to speak out on anything that is unjust to my fellow people,” he alleged.

The veteran commentator did not disclose who he was referring to at the time.

One of the issues he said has seen him allegedly receiving death threats is when he spoke on his talk show about some government ministers being members of a lodge organization.

“You cannot serve two masters at the same time. How can you do that? It’s perjury, that’s what it is. You made an oath to Her Majesty the Queen and the People of the Virgin Islands so you cannot, you cannot,” alleged Mr Maduro.

During the year 2013 word had been out of the plans for the formation of at least one new party to contest the 2015 elections. The group has not yet come out publicly about their formation but reliable sources have indicated that is likely to be done sometime this month.

45 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Edmund Maduro to contest 2015 general elections”

  • ... (02/01/2014, 08:30) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    As bad as I want the NDP out, Edmund you do not have a chance in hell
    • @... (02/01/2014, 09:39) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
      Edmund, if I were u I wouldn't have anything to do with these set of ungrateful people. What BVIslanders are u refering to? Where r they...tell me? Go rest yourself and keep your pressure stabilized. Let these people fight for themselves...
    • jokes (02/01/2014, 11:22) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      How long would it be before the speaker of the house would tell him to shut up even if he was elected?
  • the crowd (02/01/2014, 08:36) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    Any and everything against the ndp will do.
  • in the news (02/01/2014, 08:55) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    He will go the way of the ndp..another looser
  • xxxxxxxx (02/01/2014, 09:05) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    I wished Edmund Marduro good luck and congratulated him for having the balls to help the country get rid of the NDP. I also asked him to advocate more for the working class and not for so many rich "W" living on the cays and outter islands
    • yo homey (02/01/2014, 09:50) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Are you talking about the cays and OUTER islands that your people are selling faster than they can say 'I'm getting a new Ford Escalade?'
  • Virgin Son (02/01/2014, 09:13) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    who is going to vote for this ideological sailor?
  • ------------------ (02/01/2014, 09:21) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is a Tale of Two Cities!! While all of us will work to see the country free (forever I pray) from the likes of Mark, Myron and Orlando to put the country in the hands of this moo moo will be a tuff one!!!
  • w d (02/01/2014, 09:26) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Edmund relax your old self
    • @ w d (03/01/2014, 06:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      he old but much better that that young silly minsiter wating our money on trips
  • big man (02/01/2014, 09:58) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    This man is a mockery of politicsm He been there done that nothing to show for it.
    DOA (dead on arrival) goose cook Edmond go sit down boss. This little country full
    of poppy shows.
  • Cyril (02/01/2014, 10:04) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Edmund don't waste your precious time. You are destined to loose.
  • Hopeless (02/01/2014, 10:33) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    What a shame!!! That is why our politicians take advantage of us. We like when they are well educated and well dressed. We don’t see that these same nice looking men think we are the moo moos. And when someone tries to fight for what is right we shoot them down and they are never good enough for us. Noel Lloyd is a great example as he was known as a crazy man before he died and became a hero only after he closed his eyes.
    • Schups (02/01/2014, 11:55) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply

      Edmund is BAD for the BVI just like all the older stubborn heads. Stop the bull...t already. 'Educated' has nothing to do with it, the Politicians are doing what the people want. You cannot have good Politicians with evil corrupt voters. If the people voted based on principle and love of Country the Politicians would have NO CHOICE but to be upright or face being beaten at the polls. The under table and personal favors will continue not because Politicians are corrupt, but because WE ARE! Just hush and let's face the obvious. Nothing is wrong with Politics, it's the people. As for Edmund, what are his solutions? The man is a mad man and thinks he knows it all just because he spent over 20yrs working for Government. A country that depends on foreign investment for it's livelihood doesn't need a hot head jackass representing them. Go siddung!

  • BVIslanders??? (02/01/2014, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Edmund go rest yourself. Don't u see these so called BVIslanders ain't want nothing to do with you? Why yo don't leave them to their own demise? Them ungrateful and unthankful. Let the expats run them country...the white man, the phillipino and the rest of them...It ain't got no BVIslanders left for them eating up and tearing down one another!! Them Judases and traitors to them own. Them laugh in yo face and when yo turn your back them stab yo with the dagger. Some don't even wait for you to turn yo back...they look u straight in the face. Go rest yourself!!!

    The blogs on here speak.....
  • BOL (02/01/2014, 10:53) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a way to start 2014, BIG JOKE this early morning! LOL !!!
    • history teacher (02/01/2014, 23:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      the irony of thoes who making fun of his running was doing the same thing about alvra, Myron and Marlon

  • n (02/01/2014, 12:50) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    im a one issue voter Mr Maduro and am interested in your stance on the sexual abuse of minors.
  • pat (02/01/2014, 13:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    sometimes outspoken people threaten those who are afraid to speak themselves. sometimes there is more power in being in the crowd to ask the questions without having to follow protocol and rules.

    "Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has!" * Margaret mead.
    I hope people from different districts gather to nominate fresh blood ministers and then help them get elected... This is the only way to get away from the old guard and replace with new.
    • Schups (02/01/2014, 14:00) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply

      Pat, the people need to change and then Politicians will follow suit as that's the only way they will be elected. Caribbean Politics is basically the same all over, people voting based on petty nonsense hence we have the same leaders in positions for over 20yrs doing the same nonsense over and over, the people complain over and over but how do they win handily each election? Do the math. Corrupt people/voters = Corrupt Country!! When these online news sites interview people about the state of the BVI do you ever hear them complain about the Education system? Do you hear them complain about Youth Affairs/Sports/Development? Do you hear them complain about Social Health and Welfare? Do you hear them demanding more Schools and recreational programs/facilities for youth development? NO! Any site or media you tap into, all you hear are the same thing "I'm hurting and Government need to spend some money so I can get some of it!" That's all you hear, so when a politician wants to be elected why would he spend monies on Schools, Roads, Health, Youth etc. when that's not what the people vote by? Most people want fridge, stove, back wall, cruise money, pave road, pallet of blocks, turkey, ham, bush contract, consultancy, retirement package, double-dip package etc. and as long as that gets the politicians elected and re-elected, you tell me why they would change? Tell me when last you heard someone champion the cause of new schools etc. No, they want to build roads to nowhere and all sorts of s..t because that's where the big windfall in cash is. Nuff said, keep dreaming of you think there's something called a 'decent' Politician when vying for the votes of small minded and selfish people. When people start genuinely caring about the BVI, things will change. Until then, I'll sit back and watch the money grab until they start grabbing sand and grass when there is no more money to grab.

      • billyb (02/01/2014, 21:23) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
        I agree 100% with what you say, however, we don't need anymore schools. What we need is to leave expats children where they are and educate our own. I may get a lot of heat for this with people who think I am discriminating but...

        I don't have a problem with expats coming here to work, however, I know a lot of people who come here, barely get a minimum wage job that could barely support a roof over their heads (two, twos) dem send for dem five-six children abroad to be a burden on our public school system.

        When dem dun, dem start bragging bout how the school system and education level is better in Jamaica, Santo Domingo, Antigua, St. Kitts etc. (SO WHAT THEY DOING HERE?) You always hearing dis and dat better in Jamaica etc, yet you come to be a burden on us with the little minimum wage jobs we offering here.

        OUR COUNTRY IS TOO SMALL TO CARRY AYO CHILDREN!!!!!! Nobody stopping ayou from coming, but good gracious, if you are going to suffer from separation anxiety from your children, STAY HOME, OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS CAN'T TAKE NO MORE OF YOU!!!!!

        The worst part is, some ayou come wid ayo rude, juvenile delinquents (as if we don't have enough of our own) and they bring their bad thuggish behavior with them. Then when you look, ayo up an down talking bout who got rights from who ain got rights. Why you think the one public high school we have in our whole little country gone completely off the track. This is why we losing our identity, my children dem coming home wid all kinda reggae crap singing because we letting ayo come in here and drown out our heritage.

        NDP, ayo really disappoint me to the point where I know for a fact I will never vote again, BUT I give Kudos to you Myron Walwyn for doing your utmost best to revive and preserve our culture. We are not Jamaicans, Antiguans, Dominicans ect. We are Virgin Islanders.

        I challenge someone in the government system to do a survey on how many students are enrolled in High school under these circumstances, and I will bet if you tell these parents to send them back home to their perfect country, with their more advanced education system, our crappish piece au High School might be able to stand a chance.
        • Yes (02/01/2014, 23:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          Amen
        • Very True (03/01/2014, 09:58) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          Thank you billyb, you hit the nail on the head!!! The truth is the truth; we need to stop sugar coating the obvious!!

          An addition to what you stated is that some of the children coming in are not even direct offspring but a niece or nephew that they send for from their brother or sister and given guardianship!

          Wake up BVI!!!
        • dog (03/01/2014, 11:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
          let me add another idea to this discussion. One of the issues with BIG development is foreign workers. Some of these projects are projected for 5-6 years. Workers (from Dominican Republic or China for example) will have their families with them or start families here. Those children will also add to the health care system and school burden as well as labour housing. After the project finish, how many workers will really return home? I sound cynical but these are real questions in the bigger picture. Mr. Maduro could add to the discourse, but it takes time to turn a ship, not a fishing boat. And we can't rock the boat if we are serious for a better future.
        • Really??!! (03/01/2014, 11:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          What a load off your chest eh billyb! You must be light like a cork now eh!! Bout you ain't discriminating, YES YOU ARE!!!
          • billyb (03/01/2014, 13:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
            @Really??!!
            There is discriminating and there is "keepin it real". I think I am keeping it real. OUR COUNTRY IS BURSTING AT THE SEAMS AND WE NEED TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT.
          • billyb (03/01/2014, 14:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
            @Really??!! The only time I will feel light like a cork is when I see all these expat children shipped outta here so we can give our own children a fighting change. Instead of 25-28 children in a class, it needs to be reduced to about sixteen so everyone can get equal attention. If you think that is discrimination, put on this same pair of shoes and see if you would like all our Tolian children packing demselves up in your country and undermining due opportunities for your people and see if you would like it.
            • shaw (03/01/2014, 23:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
              I'm confused billyb- how can shipping expat children off island give BVI children a fighting chance? they pay for their own school right? (Cedars) and if the classes are too large, that is not an ex-pat thing but an education supervisor thing.
      • pat (03/01/2014, 11:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with what you say. It is up to the people to hold elected officials accountable and watch them, and write letters to the editor pointing out issues, checking with the departments, complaining etc. Even the system may have to be looked at where district representatives seem to do what ever they want without checks and balances from others or even the people. If there is young fresh blood willing to do the work but not know how to start, that is why I say form a nominating committee to find new people to challenge the old. And to bring to light the white envelopes etc. people can be their own investigative detectives to bring corruption to light. then again, people have to watch their back for retaliation. That is probably why more don't speak up. I admire Maduro for doing just that. But in order to change things, they need to be done within the laws or else we are lawless. Protesting is important and even civic-minded. but loose cannons in government doesn't help the cause. that is why I think Maduro is more valuable outside government.
      • Boy ! (03/01/2014, 13:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You hit the nail on the head too Hard!
      • pep (04/01/2014, 05:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I do agree with one statement you made; stupidity is no excuse...
  • barbie (02/01/2014, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is no surprise. Saw this coming from a mile away.
  • Why is this news (02/01/2014, 14:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    This is not news- everyone knows he will only get a handful of votes 

  • Lee (02/01/2014, 14:38) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply

    I agree with some of the post, Mr. Maduro is wasting his time running for election. I will be honest, I view Mr. Maduro as one who is very controversial. He tells you what he feels and is strong headed about it. Frankly he has left a bitter taste in my mouth and there is no way in hell I will be voting for him whether he runs independently or with a party. As one blogger rightly stated the Speaker of the House will have a tough time telling Mr. Maduro to shut-up and watch his mouth in the House of Assembly. In contrast I believe he might tell the Speaker of the House and I quote ‘you cannot tell me what to do, I from here’. On the other hand I want to believe that Mr. Maduro just throw out this idea to see how members of the community feels about him running, but as he may well see that this is not sitting well with many.

    • @Lee (02/01/2014, 15:27) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Lee is not controversial, does not tell anyone how Lee feels and weak headed about it. SMH....

      Poor Lee...
  • Webster (02/01/2014, 19:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Just shaking my head about him talking about violation of rights! I guess the people that work for him are not Virgin Islanders so their rights do not matter. The first thing he needs to do is treat his employees humanely and then he can start looking at the wider community.  Take a seat, lots of us in the B.V.I don't want to see you nor hear from you!

  • billyb (02/01/2014, 21:30) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love the way you love this country Mr. Maduro, and our people need people like you. however, your behavior on speak your mind has killed your chance on ever getting a seat in politics. Love your views, but you disappointed me big time.

    You were born to VI parents and I know that they told you, "It is not what you say, it is how you say it", and because you did not adhere to this theory, your chance of ever being elected is as good as dead.
  • P*ss (05/01/2014, 14:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ideologue.............sigh.
  • vi to the bone better believe it (06/01/2014, 20:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Mauro born here if he want to run for politics he born right here did you oppressors get the message.
  • red lable (07/01/2014, 21:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    run way? to the bars?


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