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Hon Wheatley Out! Hon Rymer In! as Deputy Premier

- Rotation continues with Gov’t Ministers serving for 3 months each
Just moments ago this morning, July 6, 2019, in the presence of Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert and the Premier, Hon Kye M. Rymer took the Oath the of Office, effective replacing Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) as the new Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI) for the next three months. Photo: Team of Reporters
“I cannot forget my Honourable Premier, Andrew A. Fahie, you have held me up on your shoulders you have pushed me forward, you have inspired me and I am grateful for you being a mentor to me,” Hon Kye M. Rymer said in honouring the Premier for the giving him the opportunity. Photo: Team of Reporters
“I cannot forget my Honourable Premier, Andrew A. Fahie, you have held me up on your shoulders you have pushed me forward, you have inspired me and I am grateful for you being a mentor to me,” Hon Kye M. Rymer said in honouring the Premier for the giving him the opportunity. Photo: Team of Reporters
Hon Kye M. Rymer replaces Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley as the new Deputy Premier. Photo: GIS
Hon Kye M. Rymer replaces Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley as the new Deputy Premier. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration taking an unorthodox approach towards governing, the rotation of the Deputy Premier post continues with the appointment of Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5).

Just moments ago this morning, July 6, 2019, in the presence of Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert and the Premier, Hon Rymer took the Oath of Office, effectively replacing Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) as the new Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI) for the next three months.  

Praises to God – Hon Rymer

According to Hon Rymer, “It is my honour way beyond any expectations that I ever had, to stand here today to take the Oath of the Office of Deputy Premier. To God be the glory, great things he has done,” the new Deputy Premier said in recognition of his wife and children and well as his mother and other friends and family members.

“I cannot forget my Honourable Premier, Andrew A. Fahie, you have held me up on your shoulders you have pushed me forward, you have inspired me and I am grateful for you being a mentor to me,” he said in honouring Premier Fahie for giving him the opportunity.

“I never saw it in my future, but I told you Premier I will make you proud because at that stage [Pre-office] I was calling you Premier from then,” he said to the laughter of those present. 

“I will continue to make you proud and to make the people of this territory proud and serve you with Integrity,” Hon Rymer further said.

Radical Approach

He implored that great leaders make more leaders, in referring to the radical approach by Premier Fahie to rotate the Deputy Premier's post and that Hon Fahie is ‘grooming’ all his Ministers for future leadership roles.

Premier Fahie said in his statement, “Our ancestors, our teachers, our role models groomed us to do and to achieve things, the results of which they knew they might not live to see or to experience. But they knew that it is the generations to come that would benefit from their works.”

“This was the rationale that I had when, three months ago, I announced my unconventional approach the to appointment of a Deputy Premier, which is that each Minister would be rotated in three-month tours of duty as Deputy Premier,” the Leader of Government business further underscored.

According to the Premier, the initiative is about, “capacity building in the Government and preparing our Ministers to not only excel in their performance in this term but to serve in future terms of office and at higher levels,” he said while thanking Dr Wheatley for his service in the role.

According to Hon Rymer, “I will utilise my tenure in the Post of Deputy Premier to learn as much as I can and to sharpen my leadership and Ministerial skills.”

13 Responses to “Hon Wheatley Out! Hon Rymer In! as Deputy Premier”

  • ... (06/06/2019, 12:53) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    nice he will do a great job
  • Quiet Rebel (06/06/2019, 14:03) Like (28) Dislike (51) Reply
    Rotating Deputy Premier every 3 months is pure nonsense. It is intended to avoid having to make a tough decision. Be bold. Appoint Carvin or Sowande as the Deputy Premier and get on with governing.
    • Jaigon (06/06/2019, 16:16) Like (38) Dislike (9) Reply
      Quiet Rebel, to you it’s pure nonsense but it’s good to give each minister a shot at it. Things are been done in an unconventional way. Get use to it and accept the change. Not a thing will ever please people like you.
    • wize up (06/06/2019, 19:51) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ quiet rebel: why you do not run for political office next elections; better yet form your own political party: my goodnesses if the sun hot it is a problem: if the rain fall it is a problem
      • @wize up (07/06/2019, 08:46) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
        @Wize Up, look like the pot calling the kettle black. You think ur opinion is gospel. Ah yu always think ah yu opinion is the only opinion and the right one. Mek the people lone wid dem opinion.
    • I agree (06/06/2019, 21:07) Like (3) Dislike (23) Reply
      One month to ramp up and figure out what you're supposed to be doing. One month to do it, one month to start passing the baton. A six month rotation might be more sensible. Might also consider some kind of leadership retreat.
  • ABC (06/06/2019, 16:36) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    I for Flax-Charles as duputy premier
  • Quiet Rebel (06/06/2019, 16:46) Like (11) Dislike (23) Reply
    @Jaigon, agree that it is valuable for each minister to get the opportunity to serve as Deputy Premier. If the assignment was for a year, then OK. IMO, 3 months is a waste of time. Other than acting when the Premier is off Island or out of packet for a long time, what are the responsibilities of the Deputy Premier? Do the other ministers report directly to the Deputy Premier or is it a nice sounding title with perhaps a little more pay. Bring some structure to the organization; appoint a permanent Deputy Premier. Conventions have proven their worth over time but that does not mean that things should stay static. Things being done in an unconventional way does not mean it is a panacea for what ails governing in the BVI.
  • great (06/06/2019, 18:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's the plan. .. Our words matter. Great going.
  • legal team (06/06/2019, 20:00) Like (38) Dislike (6) Reply
    Where was Premier Fahie for all these years?What took the bvi people so long to appoint this visionary giant to lead the bvi.
    well done, premier..
  • Charley Rose (07/06/2019, 02:11) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I applauded the Hon. Premier for his vision and capacity building initiatives to govern the country. This is rotation and a reshuffle at the same time. If the previous governments had done this, we would not have had one minister to commit so much corruptions as they did. When Hon. Allred Fret was rotated by the Hon. Ralph O'Neal administration, he created a problem. When Hon. Mark Vanterpool was moved by the NDP, he crossed the floor.

    The Hon. Premier made it known to his ministers that they will be rotated and that is what we saw. Good job Hon. Premier. Next in line I think it should be Hon. Sherrie De Castro. Just show the youths what it is to be of good conduct and strive for excellence.
  • Who Knows?? (07/06/2019, 05:50) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    I hope Hon. Kye Rymer meant he will "serve" the People of the BVI and NOT the Premier as he stated. I do support the rotation though so embrace the opportunity Hon. Rhymer and go out and make US ALL proud.
  • one eye (07/06/2019, 08:24) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Kye is we bouy he going back in 4 more years


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