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PVIM not corrupt, nor under investigation – Hon Skelton

Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP 1) breakaway group, the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM-NDP2), Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) in hitting hard at his former allegiance, the NDP 1 by saying none of the members of the PVIM are corrupt nor under investigation. Photo: Facebook
Co-Leader of Government, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) of the NDP 1, is currently involved in a scandal relating to a wall he constructed around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) costing taxpayers some $1.6M. Photo: VINO/File
Co-Leader of Government, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) of the NDP 1, is currently involved in a scandal relating to a wall he constructed around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) costing taxpayers some $1.6M. Photo: VINO/File
FAHIE HILL, Tortola, VI – As the race to the 2019 General Elections intensifies, political parties in the Virgin Islands are going hard at their opponents in the quest to win the race.

Chairman of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM-NDP2), Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) is hitting hard at his former allegiance, the NDP 1 by saying none of the members of the PVIM are corrupt nor under investigation.

Hon Skelton—a former fired member of the same NDP 1—made his comments during a PVIM meeting at Fahie Hill on Thursday, January 24, 2019.


“Ladies and gentlemen, we offer you a team with integrity, we offer you a team of honest hardworking men and women, we offer you a team who know how to get things done,” he told those gathered at the Watch House.

Former Opposition Leader, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) had long accused the PVIM as being the same NDP 1 where former key members will attempt to hold themselves accountable.

The party has as its Chairman the fired NDP 1 Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Skelton along with key members, fired Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Archibald C. Christian (AL) and Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) aka ‘Mitch,’ who tendered his resignation from the NDP 1, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Not Corrupt – Skelton

According to Mr Skelton, “We offer you a team of fine men and women who are not corrupt, we are not under any investigation, this is the team we offer the people of the Virgin Islands tonight,” he said.

Mr Skelton had sat under the same NDP Government as a key member when it was being accused of lacking integrity, accountability and transparency.

Co-Leader of Government, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) of the NDP 1, is currently involved in a scandal relating to a wall he constructed around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) costing taxpayers some $1.6M.

Auditor General Ms Sonia M. Webster noted in a report that the project was corrupt with “no value for money” and blatant violations of the law.

Following a series of events with led to the report being handed over to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) for investigation, Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews revealed during a recent radio interview, that a Senior Investigator has been assigned to Walwyn’s ESHS wall case.

28 Responses to “PVIM not corrupt, nor under investigation – Hon Skelton ”

  • wize up (25/01/2019, 20:14) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    as a people we did survive slavery;we survived the days of poverty but some how the road to prosperity have caused so is so many issues especially the last 10 years.....we simply bad talk each other for personal gain(where is the unity)
  • voter (25/01/2019, 22:05) Like (27) Dislike (9) Reply
    You think huh?? We still want to know how James Todman construction got the contract for the school and he didn't submit a bid and also who Ashley gotten a contract to extinguish fire while you was minister of health and both contracts was awarded by your ministry and school children say these are the blood suckers that behind your party...
    • Well (26/01/2019, 00:29) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
      Why don’t you ask James Tomas he’s an honest god fearing man. Ask Ashley how he got the contract and who gave it to him. You all just all over twisting the facts
    • The Hooded Claw (26/01/2019, 10:51) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      Wasn't it about a week ago Hon Skelton said monies were stolen and he gave his share to the elderly? Is this what integrity means in the 21st century? Robin Hood admits to stealing then brags that he's not under investigation. Ronnie you BOLD! lol
    • Information not accusations (26/01/2019, 13:51) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
      Social Security is not a government department and as such it has the liberty to choose who they want for the job without being bound by the tender processes of government projects. if you want to be considered for a job let your workmanship and steadfast commitment to your craft speak for itself. Don't be a sore looser.
    • wize up (26/01/2019, 18:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ voter: some of the money used during some political campaigns are seeds which was planted over the 3 years while a given party was in electoral office: the service providers will present an invoice to government for $10.00 but only $2.50 goes to that contractor while that $7.50 goes into a special holding account for the politicians: thereafter those accumulated monies are used towards billboards, tents, sound systems and broadcasting during political campaigns(I personally feel so but I often wrong)
  • Futuristic (25/01/2019, 22:25) Like (28) Dislike (7) Reply
    Skelto was with Walwin when he was doing the wall. , they were on the same side.
    • TM (26/01/2019, 11:04) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
      And Fahie was with VIP when they were milking this country, so whjats your point?
      • @TM (27/01/2019, 22:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Keep Fahie out of this because you all put VIP in the Opposition for the past eight years so you have no point. Punish all of these NDP members who mismanage our tax money.
      • Ruth (28/01/2019, 00:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ TM come with facts not hear say
      • Hmmm! (28/01/2019, 12:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        When they were milking?? you mean when they were thieving and going to jail
  • Yes (25/01/2019, 22:46) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
    Let funny man take that
  • yikes (25/01/2019, 22:56) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ladies and gentlemen, we offer you a team with integrity! Really! Really? There are a few words being bandied about by folks these days and the users been acting as if they know the meaning more than ordinary folks and therefore have a monopoly on it! Words such as transparency, integrity, responsibility and morality. Ok maybe they do have a monopoly but, but, but only in their speeches. There folks be talking for years about consumer protection, integrity in public office, freedom of information etc. HOA has been dissolve without these key laws and my guess is that we'll hearing a lot about them. Some will apologize for the failure while others will proclaim they cannot be blamed. As far as is known the then recent government and opposition were wholly incharge of government affairs. Yikes!
  • SMH (25/01/2019, 22:59) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    Both 1 and 2 needs to be locked up
  • and (25/01/2019, 23:28) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    so skeloo now you’re saying your party not corrupt nor under investigation, when you were right with them months ago. your goose cooked.
  • SHUT UP (26/01/2019, 08:02) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    You may not .....but dont act like you are totally clean ...I sick of you all formed your own party under NDP.1 and still sitting in the HOA on the NDP1 side I wouldnt trust you surprise me...remember you were part of the government you are bashing think you are not corrupt ...yes you are ..
  • one eye (26/01/2019, 10:54) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    so in effect Ronnie is now saying Myron is corrupt you hear thing!!!
  • Leisure (26/01/2019, 11:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    So your saying that you were a clean dog that lied down with a pack of dogs with fleas and yet we couldn't decipher the difference between the clean and unclean for those years?
    However, you now left the pack with some of the "same dogs" and now magically your clean? You have a good point. Yea, you're NOT CORRUPT. #notallfleasarebad?
  • So? (26/01/2019, 11:16) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    He should have form that party a long time ago and leave the NDP when miss P told him to get from between them. The NDP is turning out to be just like the VIP. And just like Fraser walked away from the VIP, Ronnie, Delores, Archie and Mitch were all doing the same. Only thing is Delores did not get to make it official. You NDP supporters are pretending like they have not done any wrong? Like you. I too was a diehard NDP but not this time, I have choices this time and I will vote for who I think is best fit for the job, I don't care if it a member of PVIM, VIP, NDP, PU or independent. We must do better, and we will.
  • The Observer (26/01/2019, 11:36) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    A true Leader do not blame former nor current associates for mistakes, they take responsibility, and use them as opportunities to better themselves going forward. Shame on you with this little boy talk.
  • Political Observer (PO) (26/01/2019, 12:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was the members of PVIM or party accused of being corrupt and should be under investigation? Was the PVIM attempting to differentiate itself from other party(s)? Was it attempting to paint others as being corrupt and under investigation? Ok. Now that is out its system it’s time to complete filling out its slate and presenting plans of action on how it will improve residents lives and righting the tilting ship of state.
  • what a thing (26/01/2019, 13:31) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Really Ronnie you and the NDP ran on price control two weeks after you got in power you said in an interview that you do not believe in price control then you came out and said that the home for the elderly was not a priority these are the things that you ran on and all the wasted money that was spent to prepare the site for the elderly home could have better been spent into the schools if you knew it was not a priority but don’t worry help is on the way cause we’re moving forward with it after the 25 th we will make it a priority for our senior citizens who deserve better in these Virgin Islands they deserve the best
    • Diaspora (27/01/2019, 10:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @What a thing, though price control (price ceiling) is appealing as mean to lower cost, it leads to scarcity and/or poor quality. In basic economics, simply more goods are demanded at a lower price and more are supplied at higher price. For example, setting the a minimum wage is a price floor and often when it is set employers may hire less workers, hurting the very people it was intended to help. In a capitalist system, the market sets the price and allocates scarce resources.
  • Nice (26/01/2019, 13:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so true
  • questionable (26/01/2019, 15:03) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    School children said whe u son ran down the man and you were minister of finance then and nothing came out of that aint corruption Ronnie. Where is the man today. Pick the beam out of your own eye first before you start talking about other people character
    • wize up (27/01/2019, 23:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ questionable: that guy is back in the DR at the exspence of the payers of tax: most of us point fingers will do the same things if in government office: are you telling me once in political office you won’t assist your family members or friends(yea right!!!) the ease which the politicians can move around our tax money have to change(house of assembly approved eight million dollar for a sewage project in Greenland and 2 this day that project is not complete; where is the people money????)
  • Wonderong (27/01/2019, 21:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who give clude 500k and nothing to show for it. Atleast we can see half wall.
  • Hmmm (27/01/2019, 22:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He think we forget the hospital project and the big deal.

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