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'Mitch' calls Hon Fahie a liar; Says he never asked to join VIP

-Says Opposition Leader approached him first to ‘jump ship'
Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) aka ‘Mitch,’ of the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), lashed out at Opposition Leader and Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) for claiming that he asked to join the VIP. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Fahie, who made the revelations during a press conference at the studios of the Caribbean Broadcast Network (CBN), on Friday, December 14, 2018, said the former National Democratic Party (NDP 1) member—now with the PVIM—Hon Turnbull, expressed interest to join the VIP in December of 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Fahie, who made the revelations during a press conference at the studios of the Caribbean Broadcast Network (CBN), on Friday, December 14, 2018, said the former National Democratic Party (NDP 1) member—now with the PVIM—Hon Turnbull, expressed interest to join the VIP in December of 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) aka ‘Mitch,’ of the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), lashed out at Opposition Leader and Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) for claiming that he asked to join the VIP.

Hon Fahie, who made the revelations during a press conference at the studios of the Caribbean Broadcast Network (CBN), on Friday, December 14, 2018, said the former National Democratic Party (NDP 1) member—now with the PVIM—Hon Turnbull, expressed interest to join the VIP in December of 2017.

Fahie lied?

“In December 2017 we started a series of meetings with Honourable Turnbull who expressed interest to join the Virgin Islands Party at that time,” the Opposition Leader told the press.

“However, I always made it clear that whatever you are going to do, you have to do it correctly because although we didn’t have members at that time, we wanted to make sure that we rebuilt the party on solid principles and foundations,” Hon Fahie said.

“At one time he [Hon Turnbull] did request the Deputy Premier [post], but I can’t give what I don’t have,” Mr Fahie told the media. 

‘Mitch’ fires back!  

Hon Turnbull, now a key member in the PVIM headed by Party Chairman, Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), did not take the accusations lightly and fired back in a Facebook live video on the same Friday, calling the Opposition Leader a ‘liar’.

“I believe private meetings should be just that and it was not something that I intended to go public with, but the member [Hon Fahie] did so and it is my view that I would correct and address those issues,” he said.

 “Hon Fahie approached me, and continued to approach me to tell me that I need to jump ship and join with him and the Virgin Islands Party,” Mr Turnbull said in the video.

He then provided context, that the offer was made when he Turnbull, spoke out against Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL).

“I did not ask for any ministerial position, nor did I ask to be deputy… he offered them to me, he said to me, you can have any ministry you want, except finance because I have to manage the books.”

“That is the truth, [and] the statements made by Hon Fahie… is complete and utter lies,” Hon Turnbull said.    

18 Responses to “'Mitch' calls Hon Fahie a liar; Says he never asked to join VIP ”

  • wowww (15/12/2018, 16:50) Like (66) Dislike (16) Reply
    If you think Andrew telling the truth thumbs up

    If you think Mitch telling the truth thumbs down
  • Hmm (15/12/2018, 16:53) Like (46) Dislike (9) Reply
    Mitch power hungry... Mitch is all about power he wants position that’s why he moved from NDP because Ronnie lost and he wanted to be Deputy Premier. Only person I respect is Andrew I like Myron to but that wall business need be brought to light. For Ronnie my respect from him has gone after he betrayed NDP.. People are against Andrew but the majority and myself is with him...
  • wize up (15/12/2018, 16:54) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    man!!! It was simply a misunderstanding between two friends(some say 6; some says half a dozen!!!)...that 2 shall pass
  • jokers (15/12/2018, 18:07) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    TELL MITCH TO READ 1-TIMOTHY-5-VERSE 1 AND PRACTICE THAT AND THE REST IS HISTORY
  • Jacperlance (15/12/2018, 20:14) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply

    Play the tape, it was he and his father who came. Play the tape!

    • wize up (15/12/2018, 22:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ jackperlance: do you have a copy of this tape you referring to: if so, simply send it via email to VINO....
    • yes (16/12/2018, 10:39) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Play the “full” tape.
  • guy hill (16/12/2018, 05:09) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all need to stop and lead from the front.
  • Lord o (16/12/2018, 08:24) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mitch is too Confrontational. What so wrong if he wanted to join VIP it would have been a good decision better than the one he made . Just simply say he had some interest in VIP but he changed his mind. Kill the talk
  • resident (16/12/2018, 08:31) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    I believe Andrew this time as Mitch always wanted to make the switch
  • facts (16/12/2018, 09:47) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    Cant trust fahie or mitch
  • Truth always come out (16/12/2018, 10:51) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hon. Facie show the receipts I know you have them. Hon. Mitch as a man of God you are becoming more of a disappointment.
  • okay (16/12/2018, 10:53) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mitch is power hungry. That's a shame.
  • Enough BVI Enough (16/12/2018, 11:17) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply

    All this crap is not moving our county in a better direction.
    Unproductive blogging.
    This is a circus.
    The BVI has become the laughing stock of Caribbean. And this have nothing to do with Irma.
    And the media’s curry picking of which blogs to post is adding fuel to the nonsense knowing it will increase their ratings.
    They are not interested in facts or what is the truth.
    Listen the people want solutions so we can choose people best fit to lead us regardless of which party they support.

  • ??? (16/12/2018, 13:32) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply

    Like someone said, whether you asked or was asked, the bottom line is that discussions were held about joining the VIP. If it were me, they would have had to make me a good offer too. He should have just ignored Andrew because his response changes nothing. Who believed Andrew before still believe him and vice versa. So what has changed? Absolutely nothing.

  • bvi (17/12/2018, 07:42) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

    I could never vote for Mitch as a bvi islander. He’s power hungry. Just wants to rise to power on the back of someone else!! No vote

  • 2nd district (17/12/2018, 09:51) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    Mitch yo to lie! It's not even election day yet and you done know you loose. You lost most of your supporters when you choose to go with PVIM. Yo done know 2nd district people especially the JVD crew not pleased with the choice you made, after we told you to go with the VIP, you could still come on here and talk **** bout how you never wanted to join the VIP. You just confirm why you can't get my vote. YO TO DARM LIE! Repent and ask God to forgive! Disappointed Much!



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