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'Contracting COVID-19 is not a criminal offence'- Walwyn

- Former legislator speaks out against stigmatisation of coronavirus victims in VI
Joining both Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI), His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert in the calls against stigmatising COVID-19 victims, former Legislator Myron V. Walwyn is urging the Virgin Islands Community to desist from the act, instead, he said to pray for victims. Photo: Facebook/File
'COVID 19 does not discriminate. It cares not about race, nationality, colour, creed or class. It is the enemy of all mankind,' a now humble Myron V. Walwyn said.
'COVID 19 does not discriminate. It cares not about race, nationality, colour, creed or class. It is the enemy of all mankind,' a now humble Myron V. Walwyn said.
Both Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, and Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, have already admonished the VI public to desist from discriminating against persons infected or directly affected by COVID-19. Photo: VINO/File
Both Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, and Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, have already admonished the VI public to desist from discriminating against persons infected or directly affected by COVID-19. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Joining both Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI), His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert in the calls against stigmatising COVID-19 victims, former legislator Myron V. Walwyn is urging the Virgin Islands community to desist from the act and instead pray for victims.

"Contracting COVID-19 is not a criminal offence and it should never be treated as such. We are all in this together fighting an invisible enemy that any of us could inadvertently contract," he told his Facebook followers last week April 17, 2020.

Virus does not discriminate - Walwyn

Walwyn, who was booted out of office at the February 2019 polls, has since called politics a jealous lover and continues to be vocal regarding matters affecting the Virgin Islands community. 

"Let’s not demonise the persons who contract this. Let us hold them up in prayer and wish them a speedy recovery because none of us is safe until this virus is contained," he said. 

"COVID 19 does not discriminate. It cares not about race, nationality, colour, creed or class. It is the enemy of all mankind," a now humble Walwyn said. 

Discrimination

After it was announced that a Filipino woman had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 17, 2020, some persons used social media to make speculations and hurl abuses at the victim and the Filipino community.

Premier Fahie was quick to admonish the community against stigmatising persons.

"We cannot bad talk the Filipino them because one of them tested positive, we have to stop this as a nation. They are human beings no matter what happened with it, no matter how it went down, that's not what God wants for this country," Hon Fahie had said during the Seventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HOA) at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom, Tortola on April 17, 2020.

Sector-specific COVID-19 protocols 

Meanwhile, Mr Walwyn, citing mistrust in the business community's ability to handle an influx of customers, had previously called for sector-specific protocols imposed by the government when the VI eventually lifts its curfew.

He was under investigation for an alleged corrupt $1.6M wall project commissioned for the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) during his tenure as Education Minister; however, that file is now with the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Territory awaits word on whether there is sufficient evidence for criminal prosecution.

On the Wednesday, March 18, 2020, edition of 'Real Talk' with Karia J. Christopher, Mr Walwyn defended against the corruption allegations, telling the host, "‘I know to myself that I have been honest in all my dealing since I have been in office. I haven’t lost sleep one night over that."

According to political pundits, the former legislator remains one of the most controversial politicians in the history of the Territory; however, his recent ramblings online have led some to believe that Mr Walwyn is desperately trying to re-win the hearts of Virgin Islanders.

44 Responses to “'Contracting COVID-19 is not a criminal offence'- Walwyn”

  • Liberty (24/04/2020, 11:28) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good
    • NezRez (26/04/2020, 02:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Any one of us can get this. The people are not responsible for catching it. They have committed no crime, so stop being IDIOTS, and hope no one else dies from this. Our Government has kept us as safe as they can, so grow the hell up and stop complaining when everything does not go your way...it's called life and SHIT happens! Everyone reading this is alive and I hope well. Lets give thanks for being the lucky ones so far.
  • What ? (24/04/2020, 11:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    we just enjoy bad talking our own kind and kiss the a$$ of the other kind.....

  • T (24/04/2020, 11:45) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    Mr walwy n I know you like talk I am not saying u can't do so but I am asking you to please pay us our Sargent pay
  • Revisit the plan (24/04/2020, 12:09) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    You can tell he is a lawyer by training. Spot on with the analysis.
    • @ revist the plan (24/04/2020, 12:56) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      For God sake there are Lawyers then there are Real Lawyers

      Bush Lawyer around
  • WHAT!!! (24/04/2020, 12:15) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    But spreading it to others should be!
  • Hmm (24/04/2020, 12:20) Like (8) Dislike (25) Reply
    He trying to be relevant tell us the truth about the wall spending and we will start listening.
  • vex (24/04/2020, 12:21) Like (7) Dislike (26) Reply
    He think he getting back in office we have a local Premier we don’t need no Outsider in our running our country
  • lol (24/04/2020, 12:22) Like (10) Dislike (23) Reply
    @ vex i agree he’s not even a local. This is not Antigua
    • eyes (24/04/2020, 13:34) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      Listen man i'm a local its about time people stop this nonsense about not being local or calling people down island we all from some where lets all respect each other .
      • tola (24/04/2020, 14:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Thank you sound so foolish with that talk strupes
      • guy hill (24/04/2020, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @eyes.. I feel your sentiments and would like to see the nonsense stop. but that's not going to happen. Too much ignorance in the air, in the culture, in the way "things" are in the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean.
  • o (24/04/2020, 12:23) Like (10) Dislike (25) Reply
    He talking about everything besides the wall. I hope covid don’t distract the commissioner to continue investigating.
  • jah (24/04/2020, 12:24) Like (4) Dislike (20) Reply
    Lawd myron ain’t cute at all that’s the face we wanted to put forward as the leader of the territory? No sah
  • OMG (24/04/2020, 12:26) Like (8) Dislike (43) Reply
    He want to run for 2023 but not happening I hope Vip change the rule if you ain’t born here and at least one of your parents or grandparents ain’t born here you can’t join the political arena
  • one thing for sure (24/04/2020, 12:27) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    VINO is following his facebook page
  • secret (24/04/2020, 12:28) Like (13) Dislike (26) Reply
    Funny man want them little boys don’t think we forget the story back then.
  • ? (24/04/2020, 12:35) Like (11) Dislike (18) Reply
    Why is he still talking?
  • read Auditor report (24/04/2020, 12:53) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    However, spending $1.6 million on a wall when there was no accountability and breaking the Financial laws is a criminal offence
  • Anoymous (24/04/2020, 12:59) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
    sick of seeing and hearing he, when the people vote you out by over 600 votes one should go into the sunset...fingers still wet waiting for he so
  • Empress (24/04/2020, 13:41) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    A lot of these comments are out of jealousy against this brother stop hating. Get up and work for what you need he is ambitious and intelligent he carries himself well you all need to stop hating
    • @empress (24/04/2020, 15:12) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      AMEN to that!! They are evil and jealous at ANYONE who uplifts themself. Politics is one thing, but being so personal and vicious is a whole lower level with those people down there. I am speaking from experience. Nothing will change them, not even COVID-19.
      • @ @ Empress.. (24/04/2020, 17:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Agree.. they are lazy and envious.. However this laziness and envity they are expressing is encourage by the government...Open the up internally and let them go and work and earn... Instead of been at home getting their pay pushing lock down because it benefit them... All they do is stay home and blog nonsense...People who home want to go to work and they are home and want to stay home, cant blame them,
  • asking for a friend (24/04/2020, 14:15) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mehson where is we wall and plane money?
  • Liberty (24/04/2020, 14:28) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    when will the people of the bvi understand that you are from where you were born, you cannot be born in america and say that you are from china let us ignore
  • tola (24/04/2020, 14:53) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Stop bashing the man he done feed alot ayo
  • @empress (24/04/2020, 15:03) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Which man will jealous another man that is attractive to his own image. It only could be aman of of his status ....and that not wat a man is. Empress it people like u help destroy the the way and means of true life ...call a f...ing. spade a spade....god damit....u dont know wat the f......a real man look like or let me say. wat define a real man .......god continue bless ur soul jahs
  • spot on (24/04/2020, 15:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The man is spot on we need to do better. We have a lot of time to do some soul searching and repent. Dont take these moments for a joke.
  • NICK (24/04/2020, 15:23) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    How could a loving God bless us as a people, who are not humble, full of hatred. How do we expect Him to hear and attend to our plea. If my people, who are called by my Name. Please . God is paying attention. Please let us love each other, for this is the will of God. Pray is more than willing to help us.
  • Patriotic (24/04/2020, 15:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    UNDERSTOOD VERY WELL ITS NOT AN OFFENCE OF ANY SORTS.HOWEVER .ANY PERSON OR PERSONS THAT WOULD HAVE BREAK CURFEW AND OR ANY GAZZETED PROTOCOLS SET MY CABINET OND ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT STATUTARY BODY THAT CAUSE COMMUNITY SPREAD SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED AND PURSECUTED.
  • One People! (24/04/2020, 16:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    My mother was a born VG-ian, with both parents and all 8 brothers and sisters born on VG. My father though was a Nevisian and worked on many of the buildings on Tortola. I lived in the US several years and my daughter and her sons are US citixens. People don't choose where they are born (some parents do the choosing). The point is what difference does it make ... and why some of us keep harping about island and down island people, We were all born somewhere and will probably be buried somewhere else. The good book says: "all is vanity and vexation of spirit"
  • Charley Rose (24/04/2020, 17:55) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Unfortunately many persons have spent too much time to discuss the relevance of Myron. At present we are experiencing the COVID-19 Corona virus and we should focus our attention on ways in which we can unite our energies to resolve this problem. Because unless we can work collectively for a purpose to liberate our people and spend less time on distraction.

  • What the good Book says... (24/04/2020, 18:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    “If a foreigner resides with you in your land, you must not mistreat him. The foreigner who resides with you should become to you like a native among you and you must love him as yourself, for you were foreign residents in the land of Egypt. I am Jehovah your God.” Leviticus chp. 19 vs. 33-34

    “Let your brotherly love continue. Do not forget hospitality, for through it some unknowingly entertained angels.” Hebrews chp. 13 vs. 1-2

    I’m no saint, I am still learning. All who hail from the Caribbean are from paradise, no matter the country. We are one people. Let’s stop with this island man talk, because the BVI is not a continent and it is not a nice thing to say especially with the negative connotations behind it. It is good to have BVI pride but hate is not right. When black people were being called the N word (still happens) and we didn’t have the rights we have today it was not right. This is the same thing. So let’s stop. We have Covid 19 and a whole lot of other things to worry about now. Please and thank you.
  • @just asking (24/04/2020, 18:29) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now, I love my fellow men so this is me just making an observation and asking folks to be careful. It is very well known that Fillipinos live in clusters as well as some other nationalities that come to our shores. It is believed that sometimes upwards of 10 people live in small apartments. Why landlords allow it is another issue. But in this season , in the midst of this pandemic, please be vigilant. If someone calls ill, you have to let the Health Services know your living conditions s so that proper quarantine arrangements can be put in place as this would be a volatile situation. May the God whom I serve watch over us all.
  • It is no right (24/04/2020, 23:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Getting sick is not a crime but to avoid being quarantine and exposing others to illness is a crime and by the way these people also broke the curfew so what kind of message are we sending? That some people get penalize while we apologize for others. This is what cause devision in a society.
  • good (25/04/2020, 00:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Team Myron .
  • antigua (25/04/2020, 06:17) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    No island man going back in our house of assembly
  • Lock Her Up (25/04/2020, 06:19) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    We waiting on the DPP decision then we will listen to him
  • Moving Right Along (25/04/2020, 09:20) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    He needs to go siddung! It's clear to see that he still wants to be in the spotlight, but no one has you to study funny man. So do me a favor and go talk about the wasted money you had spent on the wall. Stop looking spotlight because you won't get it.
  • Samuels (25/04/2020, 21:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well well it is a crime :
    The crime of fraud because the coronavirus is nothing new it always been there something else is ip
  • Looking to go fill pockets (26/04/2020, 14:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you see a man drying to get back in power please run from them


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