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VI residents told to stop divisive ‘Indigenous/Belonger’ rhetoric

…all HoA members have been found eligible, says Bishop John I. Cline
Chairman of the British Virgin Islands, (BVI) Christian Council, Bishop John I. Cline, voiced his concerns on the issue in a social media post on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Following the National Democratic Party (NDP) victory in 2011, concerns were raised over the nationalities of several members. These include, the Hon Myron V. Walwyn, and Hon Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: Facebook
Following the National Democratic Party (NDP) victory in 2011, concerns were raised over the nationalities of several members. These include, the Hon Myron V. Walwyn, and Hon Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: Facebook
Honourable Archie C. Christian. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Archie C. Christian. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islanders are being called on to rein in, the brewing divisive rhetoric over ‘perceived discrimination’ against first generation persons born in the Territory versus ‘Indigenous’ VIslanders and Belongers—including in the political sphere.

Chairman of the British Virgin Islands, (BVI) Christian Council, Bishop John I. Cline, voiced his concerns on the issue in a social media  post on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Every Election!

According to the prominent religious leader, “the issue of first generation BVIslanders versus indigenous BV Islanders” is very divisive and those fueling the segregation need to stop.

“This shows itself every election…especially when it comes to who is qualified to sit in the House of Assembly, or to be elected as Premier,” Bishop Cline stated. Cline said he believes that the Constitution Order of 1976 and the Advancement of 2007 can be used to resolve the different legal views on the issue.

“I’m not a lawyer, but I am sure that there have been plenty reviews in looking at this issue…and they have come up with, that those who have been elected in office right now who have come into question, that being the Honourable Myron V. Walwyn, the Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool, and the Honourable Archie C. Christian are all eligible to sit in the House of Assembly, and no distinction is made as to who can sit in the House of Assembly and who can be Premier,” he stated.

The prominent Bishop, who leads the New Life Baptist Church, is urging citizens and residents to quell the rhetoric, saying, “let us put down this divisive rhetoric and this talk that can only serve to undermine the unity and strength of the BVI.”

Respect for each other!

 The religious leader is adamant, “the division by citizens and by residents, and by us who call ourselves BV Islanders, we should not allow this kind of rhetoric to divide us.”

According to Bishop Cline, “I think whether by birth or by descent, if you are a BVIslander, or even by some other means where you have been granted your BVIslander status, I believe that all of us are BVIslanders…We have made it our home, call it our home and it should be respected as that, and we should have mutual respect for each other.”

He noted that all residents of the VI play a significant role in the development of the Territory, and should be respected. 

The Bishop, as such, is appealing to residents to unite as, “one people, as BV Islanders and let us build a BVI that all of us can be proud of—that is inclusive and not exclusive—that recognises the right of every citizen to belong and not feel like some outsider.”

Bishop Cline posits, that this ‘united front’ is necessary for the advancement of life in the Territory. “Whether by birth, whether by descent, or whether by naturalisation…we are all BV Islanders and we should stand together as such,” he declared.

Following the National Democratic Party (NDP) victory in 2011, concerns were raised over the nationalities of several elected members.

These include particularly, Hon Walwyn, Hon Christian, and Hon Vanterpool, whose parents are not indigenous to the VI. Legal experts argue however, that based on the Constitution, they are eligible to sit in the House of Assembly.

19 Responses to “VI residents told to stop divisive ‘Indigenous/Belonger’ rhetoric”

  • 25NY/[B]VI Strong (27/06/2018, 10:23) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Coming home to vote for Unity - it’s the only solution for the progress of our people. In dedication of Bradley Lettsome of the "East" Sunrise.

  • Games for Days (27/06/2018, 11:03) Like (27) Dislike (15) Reply
    Dear Bishop,

    You tell them to stop playing both sides of the fence and we will stop saying exactly what we are thinking which is Myron cannot be the premier of these British Virgin Islands!!!

    When he is around certain people he relates by saying he is from other Caribbean islands, give me your support I will do what is right by you. He cannot serve two masters
  • Bunch of crap (27/06/2018, 11:08) Like (15) Dislike (12) Reply
    Is it not important to our heritage? He is a waste of time and always looking to score brownie points.
  • True (27/06/2018, 12:08) Like (37) Dislike (6) Reply
    "indigenous Virgin Islanders" there are none, they were replaced by African descendants so lets stop splitting hairs
  • VI Kid (27/06/2018, 13:11) Like (25) Dislike (16) Reply
    For the first time I agree with Mr John Cyline. bvi landers need too stop with this non-sense.it is doing more harm to the country than good.so people who has belonger status should be considered as one us and not islands man.And then you want them to take part in decision march and to vote. STOP this sh...…….t
    • Lilly (27/06/2018, 15:44) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
      Who cares? it happens everywhere that's why we have to go by a number when we go to school down the Caribbean.

  • qc (27/06/2018, 13:51) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    who did he get legal from?
  • You wait (27/06/2018, 14:48) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our own words shall be our down fall. Remember words backfire
  • Amazed (27/06/2018, 15:27) Like (18) Dislike (15) Reply
    John I am getting tired of hearing you.zplease take a seat.
  • RealPol (27/06/2018, 16:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Election is getting nigh and it sounds like the Bishop is contemplating a run for elected office. Wonder if he is running independent or VIP or with Liberator’s party or with Ca......d party.
  • @Amazed (27/06/2018, 17:01) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    All of them going to HELL together in a hand basket.
  • Zel (27/06/2018, 19:03) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    This man needs to shut up. He has no word. He talks what he thinks will make him look good. He looks for the right time. He claims to be pastor but everyone knows who he is. We will all have to face our maker one day.
    • free (04/07/2018, 05:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do you know who you are quit putting down people what about All the good this man have done for people talking about that said put down on your behalf......
  • I don't know (28/06/2018, 01:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why preach about politics. I don't know, he was wrong about the NDP last election. The same man he supported, fired him. What you think will happen this time around? Ok, we hear the indigenous point, now let's touch on corruption, sexual immoralities, spiritual wickedness in high places. Only Jesus can save us at this point.
  • BRAD BOYNES (28/06/2018, 04:04) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ok. Bishop. If that gang, the one that you were wrapped up in was doing right, Mark Vanterpool would not have been eligible to run for office but they pull their illegal spin and violated the so-called constitution and allowed him to run for office when he was legally ineligible to do so. Check the Constitution for yourself.On power and authority they do not give a darn about you or me.
  • SMH (28/06/2018, 19:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why he don't encourage living for Jesus instead of pleasing man.
  • DUNCY (28/06/2018, 20:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The bishop trying to protect his Medical Marijuana Sweetheart Deal. Wa do ayo?


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