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Provocative calls by Hon. Walwyn unrealistic – Sowande

- says not mindful of critics with red herrings
Commentator Natalio Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru believes that provocative calls made by Education and Culture Minister Hon. Myron V. Walwyn regarding the need for the granting of citizenship and its accompanying rights to the children of expatriates upon their birth are unrealistic. Photo: VINO/File
During the Sunday Morning Well service on August 4, 2013 Hon. Walwyn said while some persons will hide under the comfort of the British Nationality Act and argue that certain things cannot be done, Virgin Islanders are a tenacious people. Photo: VINO/File
During the Sunday Morning Well service on August 4, 2013 Hon. Walwyn said while some persons will hide under the comfort of the British Nationality Act and argue that certain things cannot be done, Virgin Islanders are a tenacious people. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator Natalio Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru believes that provocative calls made by Education and Culture Minister Hon. Myron V. Walwyn regarding the need for the granting of citizenship and its accompanying rights to the children of expatriates upon their birth are unrealistic.

“I don’t think it’s realistic, I think before the British do that, they will let us go independent,” Wheatley stated in an interview with Virgin Islands News Online.

During the Sunday Morning Well service on August 4, 2013 Hon. Walwyn said while some persons will hide under the comfort of the British Nationality Act and argue that certain things cannot be done, Virgin Islanders are a tenacious people.

“[We are] a people that can do anything that we put our minds and hearts to,” he said, “and history shows that if we want something bad enough, we can make it happen.”

Wheatley felt that attention should not be focused in this area at the moment and argued that there were a number of things that could be done within the Virgin Islands own control that can help provide solutions to the current problem. According to Wheatley, there are policies within the Labour Department and Immigration Department that can be adjusted to help solve the problem.

Wheatley had challenged Hon. Walwyn to back up what he termed ‘provocative rhetoric’ as issued about the need for the children of expats to be freed.

“Those children must be set free. Those children must be emancipated. There must be a new dispensation that gives the same rights and responsibilities owed to them as children born of this land,” the Minister had stated.

Not minding the critics

While noting that he takes his citizenship very seriously, the commentator expressed that he is not mindful of criticisms that suggest he displays an air of entitlement because of his heritage and has no right to do so.

“Whether my grandfather was the leader of the Territory or not doesn’t make a difference to me speaking on issues. There are several other people who speak on issues as well whose father or grandfather were not in politics. They speak on issues because they have a right to, as a citizen of the Territory,” Wheatley stated.

Wheatley’s grandfather, Willard Wheatley served two consecutive terms as Chief Minister of the Territory between 1971 and 1979 as leader of the United Party.

He related that it was a part of his personality to be vocal in representing his views in any community that he lives in and felt criticisms of this nature are simply red herrings.

“I think many people who are commenting on [previous articles] were completely ignorant of the argument that I was making, completely ignorant of the issues and they got personal with me,” he said while adding that he was used to it by now.

10 Responses to “Provocative calls by Hon. Walwyn unrealistic – Sowande ”

  • question (27/08/2013, 09:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What new and different things can you say on this topic sowande?
  • son of the soil (27/08/2013, 09:31) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Expect these kind of things whenever you put an islandman in power, see what happened to the usvi?
  • Rat Bat (27/08/2013, 14:55) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Aren't we all from islands ? This "island man" make no sense ...
    • long look me come from (27/08/2013, 15:39) Like (0) Dislike (103) Reply
      me born here me not from no island boss
      • wow (27/08/2013, 17:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Such ignorance ! Let me educate you. Long Look is a tiny village on the island of Tortola. Tortola is the main island in the British Virgin ISLANDS. Therefore you are nothing more than a simple minded little Islander from a little Island called Tortola. lol smh BVI, please educate your people, they think they are so BIG and BETTER than BIGGER and BETTER Islands.
        • round rock (28/08/2013, 23:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Of coarse we' are better we are not independent look around here in the bvi, St Vincent , Jamaica Dominica ,Trinidad, stkitts ,Grenada ,Guyana, Haiti, America ,england ,china, and the list goes on all these countries are independent did you get picture
  • joe joe (27/08/2013, 18:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sowodo beareful the man tryin to get you fired
  • vi (27/08/2013, 21:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What ever became of the United Party?
  • legal team (28/08/2013, 10:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I respect the blogg views of all on this democratic news site,in this democratic B.V.I: But I am sure that by now,we are satisfied that the V.I constitution is CRYSTAL clear as to who has birth rights and who does not have birth rights.All expats who are legally resident in the B.V.I are now unambiguously respectful to the B.V.I Law and the Immigration Policy,which is in accordance with the V.I Constitution.I would really hope that this is the Final Chapter on this matter.I am happy that the people of the BVI are loving to their expats friends,visitors [recently,the premier told us to nice and kind to visitors,in the name of tourism] and I am happy that this issue did not lead us into civil unrest and civil disobedience,in these peaceful islands.our behaviour on this issue to remain calm is evidence,that people of the V.I are god-fearing,law abiding citizens.May the good lord-god,continue to bless and protect the wonderful citizens and residents of this blessed lands-b.v.i:


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