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Under Hon. Walwyn Prison challenges getting worse - 2013 HMP Report

With growing critics of the stewardship of his portfolios over the past three years, Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (right) now faces more fire for the worsening challenges at Her Majesty's Prison. Young voice of the Virgin Islands Party, businessman and youth leader Rajah A. Smith (left) has labelled the National Democratic Party Government as the 'do nothing Government'. Photo: VINO/File
Her Majesty's Prison, Balsam Ghut, is said to have seen an increase in the challenges faced over the past three years of this current National Democratic Party administration. Photo: VINO/File
Her Majesty's Prison, Balsam Ghut, is said to have seen an increase in the challenges faced over the past three years of this current National Democratic Party administration. Photo: VINO/File
The 2013 HMP Annual Report which was laid on the Table of the House of Assembly on February 12, 2015. Photo: VINO
The 2013 HMP Annual Report which was laid on the Table of the House of Assembly on February 12, 2015. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the growing voices saying that the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn has done nothing under his Ministry for three years, another of his portfolios is under fire for inaction.

This time it is Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP). This information was obtained via the 2013 HMP Annual Report laid on the Table of the House of Assembly on February 12, 2015.

Worse in the last three years

While the report confirmed that the challenges faced at HMP have been in existence for some time it stated that they are “steadily getting worse as many require an injection of financial and human resources.”

It warned the Ministry and Minister for Prison Services Hon Walwyn that “without intervention and doing something about the issues the optimum fulfillment of the Prison’s mandate will be hard to realize.”

Issues under NDP at HMP

The report stated that in 2013 the roofs of many of the building comprising the Prison compound had asbestos and had badly deteriorated over the years. Whenever it rains, the roof leaks. As a temporary measure, the prison staff used canvas to cover the areas that leak, the report stated.

Another issue raised by the 2013 report is that the Prison is out of space as it was built for a maximum of 120 prisoners, but the population is more than that number. The report called on the Minister to ensure that “the prison facilities be revamped and designed to better meet present and future needs.”

Another challenge that is getting worse under Minister Walwyn is the issue of prison security. The report requested additional security cameras at strategic areas of the prison compound so it can enhance the Prison’s ability to better monitor the institution and deter security breaches.”

Staff training an issue - bad to worse

Another issue that is getting worse under the NDP Administration according to the 2013 HMP Report is administrative matters.

The report called for additional suitably trained staff to ensure that the prison service serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the court and minimize the risk of escapes and breaches of security.

It appears that there are not even functioning hand radios at the Prison to increase communications among staff and response time to emergency situations and to prevent escalations, according to the report.

‘Do nothing government’- Rajah A Smith

On a recent Virgin Island Party (VIP) Radio Show Youth Leader, Master and Businessman Rajah A. Smith blasted the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government and labeled them the ‘do nothing government’.

Mr. Smith, who is seeking the VIP nomination through its Congress to run At-Large in the 2015/16 general elections, told the public that “in fact, all we have gotten from the NDP for three long years is; we could not do anything for you in sports, in education, on sewerage, in health, in agriculture, in finding employment for youth, in bringing before you gun legislation, in fighting crime, fixing roads, bringing a better way of life for the 99% of you and in stimulating the economy because it’s the Virgin Islands Party’s fault”.

However, Mr Smith, the VIP Ready Committee/Youth Arm President, brushed aside the excuses and the blame game of the ruling NDP and placed the blame squarely on their lap. He said, “my answer to the NDP and their supporters is you have failed the people because of your own incompetence, lack of vision for the country and that you spent more time looking out for yourself and the 1% than the rest of us”.

He said he heard recently some chatter that the NDP is for all the people. According to Mr Smith, “that is rubbish…in fact the record is different, that is why they cannot run on their record”.

45 Responses to “Under Hon. Walwyn Prison challenges getting worse - 2013 HMP Report ”

  • Serpico (24/02/2015, 12:03) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    He may have a point on this issue. Ask the Prisoners and the Wardens. He did not protect forbes from being removed from going unemployed?.
    • @ Serpico (24/02/2015, 12:30) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Remember chares form here he only protect and fight for Antiguans
    • DESPERATE VIP (24/02/2015, 13:32) Like (17) Dislike (12) Reply
      • @ DESPERATE VIP (24/02/2015, 14:35) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
        I do not see much difference between Myron and rajah….so none is better than the other. So stop talk what you don’t know. Read and remember, do your research.
        • chad (24/02/2015, 16:28) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
          You mean you don't see any difference between yourself and rajah!!!!! if you had any intelligence you will be able to spot ignorance!
          • AC 360 (24/02/2015, 22:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
            Really is this guy mvw the best NDP has to offer or is it who is in the news more as a minister can run
      • @ DESPERATE VIP (24/02/2015, 15:07) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
        Ha Ha you all better not go there as when I listen to them moo moo Like Alvera, Deloris and Myron in the house Mr. Rajah Smith sure has the edge over them.

        Myron for once speak like he on the streets with his bad grammar and we not going there about his writing skills…so ayo need to stop while ayo ahead. We done know which minister cannot spell simple words like -Ministry, Where, Years and Harrigan now go talk that!!!! set of weak silly fools chatting and blogging the same crap all day
        • LMAOOOOOOOOOO (24/02/2015, 16:06) Like (6) Dislike (18) Reply
          VIP will NOT WIN!!! You don't get it? You all support IGNORANCE and STUPIDITY! YOU WILL NOT WIN! Watch!
      • Disgusted (01/03/2015, 07:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I totally agree, someone needs to sit him down. He is making an idiot of himself. I can't imagine being bought for $2.00, he is an embarrassment to the country and his family.
    • What? (24/02/2015, 13:57) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Keep Forbes out of your nonsense please.
  • xxxxxxxx (24/02/2015, 12:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    what eles is new?
  • just asking.... (24/02/2015, 12:13) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Where is the Love for the prisoners Myron?
  • xxxxxxxx (24/02/2015, 12:15) Like (14) Dislike (23) Reply
    I voting for the Hon Rajah A. Smith any day over the illiterate minister
    • @xxxxxx (24/02/2015, 12:26) Like (25) Dislike (18) Reply

      Show me a person more illi....te than Rajah and I will show you a blind man that can see..You VIP supporters so simple minded..gosh man!!

    • Yes (24/02/2015, 12:52) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
      Poor Rajah got his A** toasted when he couldn't stutter up a response when asked what he'd do after criticisizing the Ed minister, so now he switches targets to prison's? Grow up, son.
  • zoe (24/02/2015, 12:20) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
    Myron need to go sit down
  • egg face (24/02/2015, 12:25) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    Good move Rajah you on your way to beating funny man
  • idk (24/02/2015, 12:42) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Myron Incompetence strikes again LMAO, Help, Help me I am falling and I can’t get up, I’m down here on the floor….Oh me belly

    Yea Myron jamming me boy LMAO
  • people crazy (24/02/2015, 12:45) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    NDP supporters must be beaming with pride with the only seat they say they have is walwyn and is the one guy who has performed the poorest!

  • xxxxxxxx (24/02/2015, 12:47) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    I'm not a Rajah fan but this guy Myron is sure ain't in his league.
  • Deep Subjects (24/02/2015, 12:50) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now listen how the NDP team of paid bloggers will justify Myron incompetence and three long years of doing nothing for the men and women up the B Guth they will say the Prison is under the Governor…you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the time…
    • Jojo (25/02/2015, 11:10) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      The Prison, Police and Customs are under the portfolio of the Governor, the ministry deals with social welfare of the prison.
  • GSM (24/02/2015, 13:10) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    • @ GSM (24/02/2015, 14:24) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Confirmation that the NDP paid bloggers are alive and well…. how sad that nothing you NDP bloggers say going forward is genuine...set of morons just trying to change the subject from the NDP and Myron lack of vision and after sitting in office for three long years yet can’t name one thing you have done but call people’s names
  • vip at large (24/02/2015, 13:41) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Myron just not ready bottom line he has nothing on rajah ipo dancia and jerry
  • Truth! (24/02/2015, 13:58) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Rajah will never be chosen by VIP congress to be an At-Large candidate which he is seeking. If they do chose him then it tells us all we need to know about the VIP. If you think we have jokes now, wait until the young man gets up on the podium with his noise. I hope they also have debates as a part of the campaign this time around.
    • Vi girl (24/02/2015, 14:41) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I am for the debates. Half of them aint ready for the pressure.
    • @ Truth! (24/02/2015, 15:09) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      Just tell me the difference between Archie, Myron, Alvera, Deloris and Rajah???? Any takers???
  • 16 year old (24/02/2015, 14:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron trying his best but i am voting for both him and rajah
  • pat (24/02/2015, 14:26) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    when Myron speaks he seems intelligent but when he put pen to paper its night and even fools are thought wise
  • weed (24/02/2015, 14:29) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good Luck to you silly NDP silly commentors
  • i from here (24/02/2015, 14:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This mumu again ?
  • ahahahahah (24/02/2015, 15:02) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    u all think prison a bed a rose unuh lucky unuh neva did a look up on the starts at nights..ahahaha u all too comfortable up there ...send some of those rats from pockwood pond up there to dine with them too..
  • chad (24/02/2015, 16:25) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    since when prison take top priority they can't even VOTE
  • tola (24/02/2015, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (14) Reply
    All you vip people know myron doing good so youall trying anything I know fraser and alvin want him on their team
    • @ tola (25/02/2015, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      and yet no one can name one thing he has done...strupps go from here you crazy self and wheel and come again
  • as i see it (24/02/2015, 22:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VIP has a process-CONGRESS to select only people that are capable of winning. Not just any fool and self centered ppl who throw themself out there to humiliate themselves, or is friends with Lorna or Ronnie.
  • bvi (24/02/2015, 23:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

    No BVI voter in their Right Mind would ever consider giving the NDP c.......s their VOTE every again that was their last remnant.

  • ZEEE (24/02/2015, 23:09) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    myron or Rajah the same two moo from hog city
  • sowanda (25/02/2015, 08:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I voting PEP and may give VIP one but both NDP and VIP must go
  • Smith (25/02/2015, 12:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    can't spell minister feeling toasted?
  • Strupes (25/02/2015, 22:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    All Mr smith has done is make a bunch of negative comments. Does he think by constantly criticizing the current government that he is a shoe in at next election??? Does He think because he from here and have a "indigenous " last name that's all that is needed to be a leader. Mr smith what have you done ? where did you study ? What are your credentials? Why should I trust you to lead my country ? What will you do differently ? You do feel like you have to tear down someone to make yourself seem larger? Please go and sit down.

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