Exclusive: Letter emerges! John I. Cline confirms being sacked!
Our senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources today January 10, 2017 provided us with a copy of Bishop Cline's letter.
We had reported that Premier Smith called for his resignation and had instructed the Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), to convey the Premier's wishes to Mr Cline, the outspoken man of the cloth.
In the letter dated January 8, 2017 the former BVIHSA Chairman wrote "it has come to my attention that based on an interview I had....the Premier of the Virgin Islands...has determined that I do not support his government."
In Mr Cline's painful admission that he was forced out by Premier Smith, he said in the same letter "as per his request to see my resignation as Chairman...by Sunday 8 January 2017, I hereby tender my resignation..."
Cline was vitimised, no freedom of speech!
Many, even in the top brass of the NDP and their supporters, have labeled Bishop Cline's ousting as victimisation. To this end, the former Chairman has also concluded the same thing in his letter.
Mr Cline took the same position when he wrote in the same resignation letter, "I cannot; however, in good conscience, serve in any public capacity in these my beloved Virgin Islands, if acting in such a capacity will dilute, hold hostage or abolish any of my constitutional rights in respect to which my forefathers suffered and bled and died."
The popular Bishop of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff's Bottom, on the main island of Tortola, went on to state, "My service has been, is and will continue to be to my country first, over and above any particular individual, political party or administration; and where there is a conflict of these competing interests, the overriding interest, of my country will always prevail."
Today January 10, 2017 also the former Chairman confirmed to other media Houses that he was forced out by Dr Smith for agreeing with an infamous letter from former legislator and cultural icon Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE where she lambasted the NDP, saying the organisation needs leadership and that the portfolio of Finance must go to Hon Skelton.
See full sized letter below: