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People not being told the truth! – Edmund Maduro

- talk show host questions ‘absent’ signatures on ‘preferential berthing agreement’ documents deposited at Registry
Talk Show host Edmund Maduro is not convinced that the people of the Virgin Islands are being told the truth after examining the preferential berthing agreements lodged at the High Court Registry. Photo: VINO/File
During the show, which was co-hosted by Rajah A. Smith, Maduro reminded listeners that the Executive authority of the Virgin Islands rested in the hands of the United Kingdom government which he described as the powerhouse. Photo: VINO Team of Reporters
During the show, which was co-hosted by Rajah A. Smith, Maduro reminded listeners that the Executive authority of the Virgin Islands rested in the hands of the United Kingdom government which he described as the powerhouse. Photo: VINO Team of Reporters
According to the host, during the signing ceremony held with NCL and DCL in January, Premier Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith (left) and Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool also affixed their signatures to the agreements. Photo: VINO/File
According to the host, during the signing ceremony held with NCL and DCL in January, Premier Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith (left) and Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool also affixed their signatures to the agreements. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following weeks of speculation about what details were contained within the preferential berthing agreements signed between the Government of the Virgin Islands, the BVI Ports Authority and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and Disney Cruise Line (DCL), members of the public were finally granted access to the documents last week.

After perusing the documents however, talk show host Edmund Maduro is not convinced that the record is clear and the people of the Territory have the full picture. 

“The people are not being told the truth, we don’t know what is happening,” Maduro stated on the EGM show aired last evening, February 13, 2014 on ZRod 103.7FM. 

According to the host, during the signing ceremony held with NCL and DCL in January, Premier Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool also affixed their signatures to the agreements. 

However, when Maduro collected his copy at the High Court Registry, a different scenario emerged. “I went and I got a copy and I saw no signature of the Premier nor the Minister of Communication and Works,” Maduro said. 

He noted that the only signatures found on the documents he uplifted were for the Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Mr Claude Skelton Cline and that of the Chairman of the Ports Authority Mr Edward deCastro. 

“We have to wonder what is happening here. Who is lying to who?” Maduro questioned. 

During the show, which was co-hosted by Rajah A. Smith, Maduro reminded listeners that the Executive authority of the Virgin Islands rested in the hands of the United Kingdom Government which he described as the powerhouse, “We are not independent yet,” the host pointed out. 

“[Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II] can fire them all,” Maduro reminded, “this is why [the Queen] went into Turks and Caicos islands so that she could set that Territory into good shape again.” 

Maduro said he was disappointed about his discovery about the signatures that were absent and asked, “Can we rely on what we are being told?”

10 Responses to “People not being told the truth! – Edmund Maduro”

  • mvw (14/02/2014, 08:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    i smell a rat!!!
  • Eh? (14/02/2014, 10:16) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    So we have the Premier and Minister for Communications and Works signing a document but when it is gazetted and made available to the public, there is only those two signatures?

    Well if the people of the Virgin Islands are blind or playing blind and don't act, we really going down and under.

    Time to act now!
  • jail (14/02/2014, 11:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    White collar crime
  • wise up (14/02/2014, 12:16) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    keep on calling for the UK to take-back the BVI.....if you think when the UK come back things will be better, you need to wake up.....look arround the BVI, the whites own all the money making jobs.....if you think white rulers will study the balcks you are wrong!!!! be careful what you wish you!!!!!!
  • ooooo (14/02/2014, 12:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    dont tell me that there are 2 different set of contracts signed, one by mark and doc and the other by claude and ed?
  • xxxxxxxx (14/02/2014, 15:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    We’re going to kick ndp out,”
  • jtv (14/02/2014, 15:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have an instinctive distrust for anyone who takes it upon him/herself to restrict and hide information from we the bosses
  • old school (16/02/2014, 08:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A public purpose of the agreement is democratic accountability. Make it so.


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