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Local Charles L. Forbes Out! UK National David Foot in as Prison boss!

- Education Minister Myron V. Walwyn supported Foot’s appointment, according to Governor
Local former Acting Superintendent of Prisons, Mr Charles L. Forbes (left) was forced out of his job when his contract was not renewed. Instead a UK national was appointed with the support of the Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn. Earlier this week Hon. Walwyn tried to distance himself from the appointment claiming that he was not in support of it. However, the Governor has called him out and in fact told a local online news site that Walwyn was not only aware of the decision but supports the appointment of the UK national over a local. Photo: VINO
The Controversial United Kingdom-appointed Governor William B. McCleary continues to push for UK nationals to take up jobs in the Virgin Islands. He has appointed David Morris as Commissioner of Police- a fellow UK national when there are qualified locals and Caribbean nationals who could have filled the post. Recently, he appointed David Foot, another UK national, to head the Prison Service, notwithstanding with support from the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government. Governor McCleary told a local morning talk show that he was not a racist. Photo: VINO/File
The Controversial United Kingdom-appointed Governor William B. McCleary continues to push for UK nationals to take up jobs in the Virgin Islands. He has appointed David Morris as Commissioner of Police- a fellow UK national when there are qualified locals and Caribbean nationals who could have filled the post. Recently, he appointed David Foot, another UK national, to head the Prison Service, notwithstanding with support from the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government. Governor McCleary told a local morning talk show that he was not a racist. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After days of investigation and speaking with Virgin Islands News Online’s many sources within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, this news site can confirm that Acting Superintendent of Prisons, Mr Charles L. Forbes, an indigenous Virgin Islander, has lost his job with Government.

Mr Forbes contract was not renewed by Government late last month after a recommendation from the Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Security Council with the full knowledge of the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, according to an NDP source.

It remains unclear why Mr. Forbes was chased out of office and did not secure a contract renewal. Further, it is unknown who is currently in charge of the Prison during the transition.

Myron Walwyn the flip flop King

According to the same source who is close to the situation, the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walyn who has responsibility for Her Majesty’s Prison and share some duties with the Governor, is trying to dance around the issue but he was allegedly “well aware of all the happenings over the rejection of a contract renewal for Mr Forbes resulting in another local being put out of work.”

When the story first broke last week by the local media, Minister Walwyn claimed to selective local media houses that he did not support the appointment of a UK National to head the Prison Services. However, days after the UK-appointed Governor William B. McCleary told selective media sites that Mr Walwyn was well aware of Mr Foot’s appointment and supported it.

To save face over his flip flop, it was reported by a local online news site that Minister Walwyn changed his story to claim his “support” for Mr. Foot came only after the selection by the Governor.

While the Governor is the Head of the Civil Service, under the constitutional arrangement of 2007, no Heads of Department or Permanent Secretary can be appointed without the expressed approval of the subject Minister or Premier of the Virgin Islands whom the constitution gives the power of being in charge of the ministries of Government.

According to the source, Minister Walwyn was allegedly “well aware of every move over getting rid of Mr. Forbes, a local, but only trying to save face after His Excellency called him out”.

The source did confirm that Minister Walwyn wrote a letter to the Public Service Commission over their recommendation to the governor. However, our investigation continues as to the date of the letter, and if it was before or after the recommendation to the Governor for Mr Foot’s appointment of which, according to our source and media reports, the Governor said Walwyn supported.

According to this news site’s sources within the Ministry of Education and Culture, there were two other local applicants for the post of Superintendent of Prisons including a former Police Officer who was willing to relocate from overseas and is a Virgin Islander. However, Walwyn told a local online media that he “wanted a local in the post”, but his credibility on this matter continues to be questioned by the public.

When contacted, both Minister Walwyn and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Dr. Marcia Potter said they had no comments on the matter at this time.

A Ms Maria Mays, Private Secretary to the Governor, claimed she could not get a hold of the governor for two days for a comment, however, this news site will not speculate. Mr Forbes could not be reached for comments; however, it’s this news site’s understanding that he may be overseas on private business.

Is there a genocide of the minority locals in the public service?

Following the 2011 General Elections that saw the National Democratic Party (NDP) government of Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith seizing power, well over 20 Virgin Islanders have been fired, forced to retire, transferred, displaced for an expatriate worker or sent on leave.

Many persons and talk show hosts are now asking openly if this government has declared war on locals or if this is a form of ethnic cleansing or genocide.

In December of 2011 Ray A. George, a Virgin Islander, was fired from the Ministry of Communications and Works. No reasons were given. Soon after a Kittian, Vance Lewis, was hired by the Communications and Works Minister, Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool.

Earlier this year, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Mrs Carolyn O'Neal-Morton was forced to retire. She was replaced by Dr Marcia Potter, a Jamaican national who is married to a local.

This year also saw Acting Accountant General Ms Anna Rabsatt being forced out and reassigned to the Ministry of Finance in favour of the appointment of an Anguillan national, Ms Kalleesha C. Mendie as Acting Accountant General.

If that was not enough, in April of this year Stephen Payne, a Barbados national with Virgin Islands immigration status, was appointed the first Executive Director of the Recreational Trust over three other locally qualified Virgin Islanders, including a former legislator.

The Governor, with the blessings of the Premier and the National Security Council, appointed UK national David Morris as Commissioner of Police when in fact there are many qualified locals and Caribbean nationals who could have filled the post.

Ms Jenifer C. O'Neal, a local Virgin Gordian, was forced out of the Ministry of Finance after her contract was not renewed but while she was out of work an expat consultancy contract was being finalized in the same Ministry of Finance.

Last year also saw the illegal firing of the esteemed former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Julian Willock, by Governor McCleary with strong support and backing from the NDP Government. To date, no reason was given to the officer for his termination.

Virgin Islander and former Magistrate, Charmaine Rosan-Bunbury was also sacked by the controversial governor McCleary over alleged insubordination. Her appeal matter is still before the courts and is expected to reach the Privy Council.

Following the 2011 election of the NDP, Mrs Oleanvine Maynard, the former Labour Commissioner, was forced to retire with one Minister of Government publicly taking credit for her removal.

Director of the BVI Tourist Board Hadassah Ward was another local casualty of the 2011 Elections when it was made clear to her that she was not wanted as Director. She was forced out by the Dr. Smith Administration and transferred into central Government.

Former Executive Director of the International Finance Centre and Virgin Islander, Sherri L. Ortiz was forced out from her post when the NDP government refused to renew her contract.

A Former Accountant General and indigenous Virgin Islander who was regarded as one of the most effective Accountant Generals, Mrs Kharid Fraser, was sent on leave days after the 2011 general elections. On her return she was displaced from her post and sent to work outside of the office. She was later forced into retirement by the NDP Government.

Finally, while there are much more cases where locals have been disenfranchised in their homeland, there remain a long list of court cases against the Government, Governor and Police Commissioner for unfair dismissals and violations of rights.

Most of them are Virgin Islanders.

73 Responses to “Local Charles L. Forbes Out! UK National David Foot in as Prison boss!”

  • what a pity (09/10/2013, 08:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    M**** & the Pre**r sold out that young man then start to pretend like they knew nothing about it. Time will tell for these deceptive acts.

  • The Observer (09/10/2013, 08:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    M***n thinks we are all lunatics or what? He got caught in his usual mess but vino I like the flip flopping king tag…lol

  • trouble (09/10/2013, 08:47) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    It is so clear that Myron & the NDP selling us out wholesale to the colonial masters & some of us love them so much that we remain blind to the fact that these guys are not fighting for our well being as a people.
  • Who's next? (09/10/2013, 08:54) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Everytime the NDP eliminates one of our people they always have a well explained excuse that usually tarnishes the person's character that gets most of us to believe them when the truth of the matter is that this NDP have no confidence in anyone else but themselves. They have destroyed our country and they lie too much.
  • ---------------- (09/10/2013, 08:57) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply

    The time has come for the NDP to RIP
    • civil servants (10/10/2013, 09:23) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      So what we are hearing is that since the NDP have taken over, they have dismissed a bunch of people without due cause.
      This inept administration is costing us a lot of money, how longer are we willing continue this expensive experiment with the NDP?????

  • color (09/10/2013, 08:57) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    There turn is coming when they will be out too. It is just a matter of time. God is still in charge.
  • Another one (09/10/2013, 08:58) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another local bites the dust under the hand of the NDP. It seems to me that if you want to be perfect you must be an NDP or worship the NDP. This is sad. Myron you have a lot to answer for. You can fool some of the people some time but you wouldn't fool ALL the PEOPLE ALL the TIME!
  • sorry to say (09/10/2013, 09:00) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    'Myron Walwyn the flip flop King' This one full my belly…but its true remember what he did on Judge Mattis

  • SKA (09/10/2013, 09:00) Like (29) Dislike (15) Reply

    Being an indigenous Virgin Islander, DOES NOT / SHOULD NOE GURANTEE you to a Job you are incapable of doing. Mr. Forbes was in over his head and he knew this. This appointment, like it or not, is in the BEST intrest of our country, and if we stop for a min. and look past the ignorance of indigenous and expat we would realise same.

    • @ SKA (09/10/2013, 09:52) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
      I find your statement racist and unfair. How come when coming to our people getting work in their own country indigenous should not matter eh? But it’s ok for the Governor to push for his people to be hired from the UK…set of unfair bias snakes
      • Grumpy (11/10/2013, 07:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Are you saying that EVERY local is better for a job than ANY outsider? I am a tax payer and therefor I help pay for this bloated civil service -bloated with locals because of successive governments "give the man a job and then he will vote for me" policy. We PAY these people and therefor I for one want the best person in the job wherever they come from. By the way Foot's parents are from St Kitts but he holds a UK passport as do many Born here's

    • bvi (09/10/2013, 11:46) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply

      SKA I agree with you wholeheartedly being one that knows the ins and outs of what goes on in the prison. I am not saying Foot is the right man either, but the prison is much more than trying to be a Drill Sargeant. Instead of festering more criminals when they ultimately return to society, there ought to be more rehabilitation programs, there ought to be one on one counseling for those who need it, and hard labor as required. It aint no picnic and one will need to know what the hell they are doing to manage that place efficiently and effectively. Just my two cents.

  • Hottie (09/10/2013, 09:05) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino you forget the tourist board they brought in someone from out outside to do the marketing job.
    • Get rid of NDP (09/10/2013, 09:48) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      I am going all out to get rid of those good for nothing. Only think about themselves. I'm sick of them and country suffering.
  • Sell out (09/10/2013, 09:08) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    We got sold out again by these so called NDP leaders.
  • Jacob (09/10/2013, 09:08) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    If the NDP don't be careful they will find themselves in the Opposition come 2015. Remember guys it's all about spin and who can do it best. It's also about perception and in politics it can be very harmful. At this time the perception is that this Government cares very little for the people.
    • tears (10/10/2013, 09:29) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I've wondered about that enuh. Maybe when the political cleansing begins the VIP will just do as the NDP does in response to the cries...ignore ignore ignore
  • Random (09/10/2013, 09:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOL The Flip Flop KING
  • Biggs (09/10/2013, 09:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have lost ALL confidence in this man Myron. We the people are not as foolish as you think.
  • Myron & NDP Out! (09/10/2013, 09:45) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply

    That will be the headline for in the coming year and a half. Vote of no confidence.

  • NLBC (09/10/2013, 09:49) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Prophet Carn says a shake up of the Govt is on its way and the ruling Government will be out. Somehow I believe this prophet's predictions. They have in the past been proven
    • rubbish (09/10/2013, 11:21) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply

      He also said two years ago a major hurricane was going to hit here. Go sit down with that B$%^^^it! That man is a 'PROFIT' not a 'PROPHET' when will you all learn? Schups!

  • tretretrete (09/10/2013, 09:57) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    SKA.. who the hell you is, you dont know F*** , Forbes was doing his job hush ya m*****S**** if you aint know ntn dont be talking smack..the man was never over his head....Mr.Frobes was a cool person and everybody loved him up by the prison because he did his job well, NDP just want the mess up the country and put in white people in these post, Mr. Frobes serve in the Army his whole life so he is well qualified for the job...the shut ya whole...STFU!!!!!
    • Bob (09/10/2013, 12:47) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply

      Well he didnt go up there to be loved, he went up there to do a job, you have no idea whats going on up in the place, needs cleaning, i support mr foot a thousand percent.

  • Well my word (09/10/2013, 09:59) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Why people always saying the politician they selling out the country? Selling out my FOOT the darn country is not independent the queen have the last say this country is very dirty and need cleaning up and that's the end of the story it has too much laid back people in offices letting their staffs do what they want rule them too much in this country it is time for change I say full time and that's the right place to start
  • POPE (09/10/2013, 10:05) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is there a genocide of the minority locals in the public service? real question and the answer is YES!!

  • Yes (09/10/2013, 10:34) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply

    You all make me laugh, when stories come up about prison breakouts, drugs and phones in prison you all carry on about how bad this is and things need to change. Now things are changing you all complaining still. We need the new broom to sweep clean. If that means bringing in someone from outside then so be it. I just hope he trains a BVislander to take over

    • Lait 521 (09/10/2013, 13:20) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some of our people act as if the UK is Heaven & they can solve everything & they have their country going well...just read the daily mess in the UK
  • mary j (09/10/2013, 10:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Here we go again why deeds people hate the local so bad…how everybody could get away with all kind of thing but when coming to our locals they continue to get the knife why????
  • I elect NDP (09/10/2013, 10:57) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply

    Myron I thought u had our back...u just like the others defending the one world order Myron I'm so angry I really can't say what I'll like to say fa--t a$$ don't evin coming asking about votes for election ill bust your bubble

  • help help (09/10/2013, 11:19) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    jeen um bread they could have at least leave the man with the Duputy spot!!
  • Blak da Panty Melter (09/10/2013, 11:32) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply

    I like how VINO point out M... 2 face sliver tongue ways. He got us locals fool like he on our side and yet pushing the "MAN" Boyd agenda even though we know M... had no say. Tell playing locals like fool because we like to believe what comes out his mouth and not look at the real facts. This change was going to happen and Boyd didn't need not one of the minister support. That's what happen when you can't elect representatives and they are appointed. COLONIALISM at its best.

  • pic (09/10/2013, 12:02) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    I think its high time to go independent. see we can never get a black governor, from the virgin islands? we can only get a somethings wrong with that picture, am now 50 years and he always do what the hell what he like
  • x ray (09/10/2013, 13:07) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope Foot can stop the Drugs, Booze, Cell Phones.
  • cup cake (09/10/2013, 13:09) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    another ndp mistake but they will pay for this...we keeping a list!!!
    • 10 cents (10/10/2013, 21:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      when cockroaches take over any place, it is real infested. Professional exterminators will then be needed to get rid of them. We have a serious pest problem but the exterminators are quacks who allow them to spread so that we can expect more of the same!!!
  • mad as hell (09/10/2013, 13:12) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wholeheartedly support a change of Government next elections
  • Shara Parlin (09/10/2013, 13:18) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    People don't let the Governor, Myron or the NDP or no one fool you. Every prison in the world has these same kinds of challenges. If they did not want Forbes for whatever reason they could have hired his cousin the other Forbes who was the police officer.
  • Bison (09/10/2013, 16:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Elise Donovan was railroaded too. by the freakin' VIP sUP WITH DAT.
  • paul (09/10/2013, 16:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    come on Myron you knew from the beginning what went down
  • Same ol, same ol (09/10/2013, 17:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    So, when de prison is run by a local you all complain about balo bein a hotel, full of drugs, phones etc. and a guy (who just happnz to be from de Uk gets it) you all complain about local boys being out of a job. Get in the real world ! Is a job for life your RIGHT just because you happen to be born here ? isn't performance something to do with it maybe ? I KNOW most of the staff at the prison (Belongers too) are cryin out for a boss who knows prisons, aint scared and will lead them from the front !

  • cnn (09/10/2013, 18:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I feel so sorry for Charles with a sick family member to care for..this is mean!!!
  • @@@@@@ (09/10/2013, 18:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My yute myron next time get someone from yaaaard
  • long look me come from (09/10/2013, 19:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its time we stop put politics into everything be it VIP or NDP.
  • son of the soil (09/10/2013, 20:44) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    No one is looking out for us locals.
  • Say After Me (09/10/2013, 21:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Dolly house mash up now"
  • Concern Citizen (09/10/2013, 22:31) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Come on people of the BVI. This man served he put his all and all in his job. Warders of the prison be fair ,if I was one of alyo I would organize a strike because it is so clear that he had deserve to be a long server even in a deputy position . You all no he is a dedicated and reliable worker. You really don't no what people think of you until something happen. MW stick to trying to own a chain of business governing aint for you. Mr Forbes I suppport you a 100%
  • Fed Up (09/10/2013, 23:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    People of the BVI listen to me! I am not a BVI Islander or a belonger and quite frankly I a totally fed up and disgust of all you blabber mouth. You either get up off your lazy a.. And do something about it or shut the HELL UP! Everybody is complaining about oh the NDP this and VIP that tell me what the FOOT are you doing?

    What did Pasty Lake, Noel Lloyd, Lindy did (forgive me if I spell their names wrong) when they wanted action justice and attention from the government? Do your research and follow them if you need a change or it will never stop.

    You sound like a bouncy of cowards hiding behind the blog while your people if suffering. It hard enough with a job much less without one. One hand cannot clap join together and help those who are treated Injustly to fight for their rights.

    • backwards ever (10/10/2013, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

      The Minister should be held accountable!!!the selection of this FOOT must be squarely laid at his FOOT
    • Newbie (11/10/2013, 06:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      mvw is still in the euphoria of being elected
  • No flip no flop (10/10/2013, 07:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP government are all educated in the white mans system therefore they will continue to give in to the whites because they believe that only the white can be successful. As for the "indeginous Virgin Islander" I know of none. I'm a born Virgin Islander but indeginous is a strong statement. I see vino put emphasis on kititians anguillians barbadians and Jamaicans but let's note that we of the Caribbean are all one people. We were separated by slavery and spread throughout the Caribbean. Brothers and sisters, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons all separated at the slave trading blocks. The indeginous VIslanders are dead and gone before our fore fathers occupied these islands.

    Now at the same time I believe in my heart that a man in his country should be given first preference to the best jobs and opportunities that comes available in his country. But we will continue to be passed over if we don't take a stand as a people. First we need unity. We are not united. We as a people are easily fooled by these "Uncle Tom" politicians who just want personal gain. Then selling out the BVI from under our feet.
  • Here goes... (10/10/2013, 07:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do not blame Myron any politician would flip flop and try to cover their rear...It’s about votes and perception
  • zan (10/10/2013, 09:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fairness and integrity should always rule.....especially in government.
  • bvi law (10/10/2013, 09:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All these lawsuits because of pig headed Politians and this governor who don't understand Labour, Administrative and Industrial relations law and follow due process and are too eager to dismiss workers for no real cause. They are often overzealous and by their own stupidity, cost taxpayers too much.
  • Real (10/10/2013, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everybody here talking about NPD this and that and soon they gonna be out but when elections come most of u gonna put them right back in. All them gotta do is start slipping them envelopes and sweet talk and look who is gonna be back in power. One thing I realize is that most of us are a bunch of talk when we come around people, we often say we gonna do this and that and then go back and do the same thing u say u wasn't gonna do.
  • open your eyes (10/10/2013, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Him is a fraud, 2015 is the people time we will have the power then and we will do what we have to do so enjoy it now, power to the people

  • one eye roster (10/10/2013, 13:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good work VINO in bringing out deeds tings - God bless you all
  • Interesting! (10/10/2013, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All politicians flip tell me something NEW
  • u only have yourselves to blame (10/10/2013, 20:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    everyone cussing the government,but what are you doing about it?... nothing. They keep on putting out local people from time they got in... what have you done?.... nothing. the UK trying to tale the VI back and what will you do about it?..... nothing that is the problem here you all do nothing... you cannot wait to 2015 I guarantee there will be no VI to run. you all put these sucker, half expat, over zealous trash blame yourselves for the mess. as you have yet to do anything about it..... something to keep in mind these suckers work for us .. we the ones that gave them the jobs they have so they doing lousy then fire them.
  • gg (10/10/2013, 21:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...apathetic .
  • Been there (13/10/2013, 15:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is a fantasy for we to think dispite his letter on the NDP online news site to think that MVW could not have known about Foot and was still approved...
  • pig leg (14/10/2013, 20:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Need I write more?

    Politicians. Ha!

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