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NDP accuses VIP of disrespecting youth & inciting violence

- Hons Ronnie W. Skelton & Myron V. Walwyn make allegations
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (left) and the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn have accused some member/s of the opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidates of allegedly bashing a young man and, in another instance, allegedly inciting violence and criminal activities against government officials. Photo: VINO
The issues were voiced by two Ministers of Government last night May 26, 2015 at a campaign meeting held in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: VINO
The issues were voiced by two Ministers of Government last night May 26, 2015 at a campaign meeting held in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Senior members of the National Democratic Party (NDP), during a campaign meeting at the Bandstand in Road Town on May 26, 2015 unleashed furious allegations against some member/s of the opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidates for allegedly bashing a young man and, in another instance, allegedly inciting violence and criminal activities against government officials.

These allegations came from the lips of Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton and the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn.

Hon Skelton’s allegations

Hon Skelton alluded to a VIP candidate ‘bringing down’ the initiative and actions being taken by a young man, Jaleel Cameron, who since October of 2014 has been selling water on the streets in his quest to donate sizable amounts of cash to Peebles Hospital for the purchase of a specific equipment for the children’s ward.

“There is this young boy, I don’t know him, Jaleel Cameron, who is on the road selling water to make a donation to Peebles Hospital and I understand that one of the candidates on the Virgin Islands Party say that the Minister for Health got this young boy on the road selling water.”

“But here is a young man that finds a cause to go out there and do something about and all we elected and trying to be elected and calls the young man down. I think that is indisputable…….Apologise to the young man.”

According to Hon Skelton, he understands that young Cameron is trying to raise some $25,000 to be donated to the Peebles Hospital for the purchase of equipment for the children’s unit. “It’s not about the young man buying the equipment. The young man has found a cause and that cause he can probably help other young people find similar causes all over this country.”

On the spot, Hon Skelton made a pledge to donate $5,000 to Jaleel Cameron’s cause. “When we see young people trying to do something we cannot use them to try to get some place where we shouldn’t be.”

Hon Walwyn’s allegations

On the other hand, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn took offense to what he alleged was an act of inciting violence and criminal activities by a candidate on the VIP slate while at a meeting in North Sound Monday evening, May 24, 2015.

Reading from his phone the alleged offensive remarks made, Hon Walwyn stated, “When you elect team VIP we will stamp out corruption, we will stamp out corruption and avoid (inaudible) of political favour. We have to stop this, we cannot give out contracts to just a few and the rest of us suffer. For three and a half years we walked the streets singing lullaby and sometimes people does wonder what is wrong with she and what is wrong with him, but we couldn’t put food on our table, we hadn’t a job to go to, we didn’t know where to turn, we were just taking, talking and saying lullaby.

"So ladies and gentlemen we have a chance now to send them NDP the same lullaby. The difference is that they are so well taken care of because, believe you me, they set up themselves with our money, your money so while you decide you have enough of them they are not going to be bothered….. (Inaudible) However, she tells the criminals will find them. They will go home and close their property with their gates. But I remind them tonight that the criminals will find them because they robbed poor little us who don’t have no money when they saw the cookie jar…. We put our hands low, we will tell them that’s where the cookie jar is. You see that house up there, that is where it is, so be careful.”

Giving his interpretation of that statement allegedly made by a female VIP candidate, Hon Walwyn said, “You see what is happening there? Somebody who wants to be a leader in this country has incited violence and criminal activities on the leaders of the country… You understand what is happening there? You understand what is happening there?”

He further alleged that some one thousand shareholders lost their investment because someone didn’t like them because they are a part or close to the NDP.

“The 99% were our people, the 1% is Biwater, so you caused our people because of hatred, because of hatred you going to destroy the investment of a thousand local persons in favour of a foreign company because you think the investment club is linked to members in the NDP. Are these the kind of leaders we want to lead our country?” Hon Walwyn asked.

NDP against Biwater

The National Democratic Party had surrounded their 2011 campaign on the Biwater contract signed by the Virgin Islands Party government, saying that the contract was going to saddle the territory with a huge debt while taking bread out of locals’ mouths.

The VIP has defended the hiring of Biwater for 2.3 million gallons of water a day for which government must pay, whether they use it or not, saying it was no oversight but the only sure way to hold government accountable to the people of Tortola to provide them with a reliable supply of potable water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“The people of Tortola can take comfort in knowing that the VIP is satisfied that they have brought a solution to the shortages of water on the island by signing an Agreement for the daily supply of 2.3 million gallons of water at $12.90 per 1000 gallons, at a time when Government was being billed as high as $24.00 per 1000 gallons. And that same Agreement included a sewage treatment plant, which provides for a permanent solution to ridding the Road Town metropolitan area from having raw sewage running in the streets and ultimately dumped into the ocean,” Virgin Islands Party Chairman, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) had said in April.

25 Responses to “NDP accuses VIP of disrespecting youth & inciting violence”

  • pat (27/05/2015, 09:28) Like (45) Dislike (33) Reply
    A vote for the ndp is a vote for the uk to take over the bvi
    • Boo (27/05/2015, 09:44) Like (35) Dislike (72) Reply
      So wrong Pat, A vote to keep Frazer out of office and the UK out of our affairs
    • true tolian (27/05/2015, 09:57) Like (21) Dislike (23) Reply
      @ pat
      why dont you stop lying ,if uk is to take over the bvi it would
      be under an vip administration.they are dishing out plans but
      will not tell us how they will be funded.We all make plans but
      some of us have no clue where the funding will come from.
  • xxxxxxxx (27/05/2015, 09:40) Like (75) Dislike (25) Reply
    The NDP should apologize for

    1. Corruption
    2. Conflict of interest
    3. Lack of financial reports
    4. Victimization
    5. Snap election and not allowing the youths to vote
    6. Insulting virgin islanders with nasty propaganda
    • @xxxxxx (27/05/2015, 16:16) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
      you forget disrespect in we house of assembly, people and culture and endorsing these behaviours. Offending a legislature while holding office. Which caribbean island can you hear somebody tell a legislature get the f*** out my face and it go down good! Which paarrt??????????????
  • ann (27/05/2015, 10:14) Like (28) Dislike (71) Reply
    Look he black face the face of devil!!!
  • ooooo (27/05/2015, 10:20) Like (45) Dislike (29) Reply
    fraser was looking out for the whole country and not just a few investors
  • LOL (27/05/2015, 10:39) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    The first chink in the armor is starting to show... Pressure bust pipe!
  • Valley Political Analyst (27/05/2015, 10:42) Like (33) Dislike (20) Reply
    Ronnie as minister of health don't even know what the lil school boy was raising money for. but he's so caught up in his own illness, he don't have a darn clue. Now because it was mentioned by VIP you want to donate towards the machine? All the money you all bragging about could get this machine. For Jehovah sake Ronnie w. Skelton, go and RETIRE. You are ill and according to the radio ad of about your own health challenges, I think you need to take a back seat.
  • i from here (27/05/2015, 10:44) Like (20) Dislike (52) Reply
    VIP will never see the Admin Complex again.
    • i from here (27/05/2015, 14:51) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
      At least they will not see the jail house either where some of you belong!
  • born here (27/05/2015, 11:26) Like (31) Dislike (10) Reply
    Vip all the way you are not going to waste our time June 8 Ndp will be out the bin
  • Road Town Rebel (27/05/2015, 12:02) Like (26) Dislike (7) Reply
    These men are BOLD FACED LIARS who are fighting? whothe youths are? All yo need a bitch slap
    • No (28/05/2015, 08:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Even that type of slap too good for that group. That one there especially. He a BIG Lair and take people for fools but we got one for he.
  • nonsense (27/05/2015, 14:00) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    I used to buy water from him, when I realize he giving his hot sun money to the hospital I stopped. What happened to the 47 million dollars budget along with the high fees?, these NDP and their board are heartless and careless. NDP are the one that don`t care about the youths.--Strrruuuuppeess- poor people in general.. Send Cline and his board on the street to sell water to give the hospital money..Strrruuppeesss
    • voter (27/05/2015, 14:55) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
      He is too busy collecting it in various contracts and giving executive bonuses to give a hoot
  • 123 (27/05/2015, 14:52) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    NDP going no where fast but up the guth!
  • jet (27/05/2015, 16:39) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    boy things really getting low in the BVI qwalwyn you is not tired making confusion hope you does not cut rope to hang your own swlf it is time you STOP power belongs to one man that is GOD and when he is ready he will take it back MVW you need to pray because you are looking tires as for ronnie i am ashamed of you after twisting your tounge MVW need to hear what you talked about him I thought you wee difrent but you is just the same. May the good Lord be with you all god is going to give us the people of this country the wisadon and even if NDp win the election God is going to show sings and wonders you all time commiing only a matter of time MVW You want to cut dow fraser but God is on his side i have never seen the righteou foorsaken or his seed out begging bread MVW be care full the bil-ble is not lying you shall reap what ever you sow MVW
  • .......... (27/05/2015, 17:48) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Now now who will take funny man seriously?
  • bvibuzz (27/05/2015, 17:51) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just listening to myron hogwash everynight make me voilent
  • power hungry (27/05/2015, 18:38) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look he face- he too power hungry- vote he out people
  • VG1 (27/05/2015, 19:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aaaahhh Shadddup
  • TRUTH PLAYER (29/05/2015, 01:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Both Ministers Skelton and Walwyn are misinformed about what the VIP candidate said. Or what was said taken out of context, or deliberately mis-interpreted.

    As a matter of fact, the candidate said that the young man was collecting money for the purchase of some piece of equipment because the hospital (the health authority?) said it was too costly. She said that the government has claimed that it has some $90,000 plus in the bank and raised the issue as to why the young man should be on the street raising funds when the NDP is bragging about the (?) surplus in the bank.

    TO REPEAT, THAT CANDIDATE DID NOT CONDEMN THE YOUNG MAN' EFFORTS. CRITICISM WAS AGAINST THE NDP GOVERNMENT AND NOT HIS EFFORTS.

    AT THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL THE MUD-SLINGING HAS OBVIOUSLY NOT STOPPED. This is exactly why POLITICAL DEBATES ARE LESS DANGEROUS than what is going on!!!

    One would think that in the 21t century political candidates (regardless of party) will be a bit more civilized.

    STOP THE THUGGISH BEHAVIOUR. Stop spitting out ALLEGATIONS, while sounding credible, are NOT SUBSTANTIATED.

    For heaven's sake, HOW SINCERE ARE YOU PEOPLE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE COUNTRY?

    And, the fact that the NDP has, seemingly, gone out of its way to ensure that it has control over the air time- radio and TV- makes one think that the NDP does not want people to listen to the VIP or the Independents. The other night, Channels 51 and 55 as well as ZBVI carried live NDP’s campaign. DEBATES MAKE MORE SENSE. Don't say that we don't have debates here. So, what? THE SYSTEM, THE USUAL WAY OF DOING THINGS IS OBVIOUSLY WRONG. The confusion to which people are exposed proves this! And, some might say that this is deliberate. I for one resent this.
  • Anti Ronnie and NDP (01/06/2015, 20:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ronnie needs to sit down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is not what the lady said. This is what the NDP does take people words and turn them around. Come on guys wake up and smell the coffee. I guess when this blows up more he's going to say that he did not say it. Smh. The National Democratic Party will be forever saying things and then turning around and saying they never said it.


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