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‘My navel string is buried under a tree’ in Free Bottom- Myron V. Walwyn

Former Minister for Education Myron V. Walwyn has said the Sixth District has a very special place in his heart as it is his home district. Photo: VINO
Mr Myron V. Walwyn will be coming up against third-termer Hon Alvera Maduro Caines, the Junior Minister for Tourism, in the 2023 General Election. Photo: GIS/File
Mr Myron V. Walwyn will be coming up against third-termer Hon Alvera Maduro Caines, the Junior Minister for Tourism, in the 2023 General Election. Photo: GIS/File
WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI- While giving his reasons for choosing to contest the Sixth District seat, rather than as an At Large, which has brought him success in the past, former Minister for Education Myron V. Walwyn has said the Sixth District has a very special place in his heart as it is his home district.

"My navel string is buried under a tree between an old house in Free Bottom Estate and Brewley Superette across the street," Mr Walwayn stated at a National Democratic Party (NDP) press conference at The Moorings on Friday, March 3, 2023, announce Mr Walwyn and Dr Kedrick D. Pickering as NDP candidates for the 2023 General Election.

The former NDP Chairman said a day does not pass without him being in the Sixth District, as it's where he considers mostly his home.

He also explained that he attended school in the neighbourhood and is even affiliated to a church in the district for many years.

People have concerns- Walwyn

Mr Walwyn said he was thinking of not contesting the elections this year; however, the calls for him to represent the district have grown.

"I listened to the call, I didn't make a decision on them but about two months ago a contingent of about six or seven persons came to me to discuss the issue of District 6."

He said the group had a variety of concerns, including that they did not feel as if they knew what was going on in the territory and if their interests were properly represented in the House of Assembly, including regarding how the implementation of the Commission of Inquiry Recommendations would affect their lives.

Meanwhile, Mr Walwyn will be coming up against third-termer Hon Alvera Maduro Caines, the Junior Minister for Tourism.

Controversial Walwyn

Mr Walwyn was defeated in 2019 as head of the NDP but spent two terms (2011-2019) as At Large elected Member and the Minister for Education and Culture. He has had a controversial past, most often clashing with other Members of his team, the Opposition and the media.

Many have accused him of victimisation, allegedly forcing many public officers out of their jobs, especially under his Ministry. Others have credited Mr Walwyn with helping many residents via his assistant grants programme and moving the Territory forward in areas of culture. This included getting a national dress and song, which are still used today.

The former Minister hit a low point when he said a few years ago that there was nothing that could be done to help locals in a competitive economy. Recently, he has denied saying this, but it was carried wide in both regular and social media.

Many believe Mr Walwyn is now caught up in the UK witch-hunt where he is before the courts after being arrested and charged for Breach of Trust over a $1.2 Million wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS).

57 Responses to “‘My navel string is buried under a tree’ in Free Bottom- Myron V. Walwyn”

  • HMMM (05/03/2023, 12:15) Like (31) Dislike (32) Reply

    A man may soon be going jail is running and no one sees a problem with this?

    • Don’t Partake in Superstition (05/03/2023, 13:30) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
      1 Timothy 4:7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

      This is one of many superstitions:

      Burying the baby's umbilical cord (navel string) after birth under a young tree. As the tree grows and blossoms, it would be an indication of how successful the child will be.

      Have nothing to do with myths.

      • To Don’t take part (05/03/2023, 15:27) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
        I could be wrong but I think he just said so as a figure of speech to indicate that he was raised in the district and lived there when he was a child.
    • @Hmmn (06/03/2023, 07:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Well we have a convicted criminal in the race... who was convicted for government funds... sooo... what's your point?

      Let the chips fall where they may.
  • My Take (05/03/2023, 12:16) Like (46) Dislike (37) Reply
    How can anyone vote for someone arrested for corruption. It makes no sense.
  • herbs power (05/03/2023, 12:16) Like (30) Dislike (32) Reply
    Myron all the way. atleast the 6 will now have a representative who can hold the premier seat.
  • please (05/03/2023, 12:18) Like (38) Dislike (17) Reply

    This man navel string buries so many places. When he was running the last time, he said his navel string buried Sea Cow's Bay. Soon his navel string will be buried up Balsum Gut.

  • 2023 (05/03/2023, 12:19) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    poor penn, cant see him defeating wheatley cant see him beating pickering or myron to be the premier of the territory

    ronnie will make a good premier but will PVIM be successful but mitch might make noise to be premier

    what happens should there be no definite party victory: we dont need political party power; we need 13 upstanding people to oversee the further development of this territory

    what is the guy from district three doing in terms of establishing a viable political party/ 9 good people(woman power!!!)
  • Audit (05/03/2023, 12:21) Like (17) Dislike (14) Reply
    That contract he gave to his partner for that ridiculous price for years to house the high school after Irma but never lift a finger to get them out of that moldy building that made his partner richer needs to be audited and investigated. They got rich at the expense of the health and safety of the children and teachers and now can pay for their election expenses.
    • @AUDIT (06/03/2023, 07:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The contract at Clarence Thomas was initially to place the Road Town Public Library. It was signed before Irma. After Irma, in an effort to get the children back in school a decision was made to utilize the building already under contract to get the children back to school.

      I do agree they may have been in the building too long but I just want to correct the fact that a contract was not given to the Thomas family to house students but to house the Library and was later repurposed.
  • youth man (05/03/2023, 12:22) Like (25) Dislike (28) Reply
    I will take my chances again with the lady with the bag.
  • facts (05/03/2023, 12:24) Like (19) Dislike (21) Reply
    Before I vote for one NDP candidate I will advise all to either vote for the PVIM or VIP. Most of these NDP candidates have sold us out to the colonial masters to ensure their freedom and this is a fact.
  • DJ alone (05/03/2023, 12:28) Like (13) Dislike (16) Reply
    HIs DJ friend now turned businessman thinks he can bring him home in the 6th District, but the wall money will not be enough as he has other things buried other than his navel string and he is hoping for those skeletons not to get dig up.
  • watch out (05/03/2023, 12:30) Like (5) Dislike (15) Reply
    Pure magic down the road with this guy as that is all he and his leader are famous for doing.
  • Voters wake up (05/03/2023, 12:35) Like (21) Dislike (14) Reply
    Leave this NDP gang alone because they are a set of power hungry, lying, greedy, and deceitful bunch. Everyone knows the behind the scenes rumbling that none of them intend to make Marlon the Premier if they win and Marlon wants it and so does Myron, so does Kedrick, so does Lorna. They are just trying to use the public to get elected then their true selves will come out. Leave these people alone. Keep them out of politics.
    • @Voters wake up (06/03/2023, 07:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Can't the same be said for the other two parties... There is always rumbling. VIP... Kye, Natalio and Carvin. PVIM - Mitch, Ronnie and Possible Shereen.

      Focus on the skill set... not the gossip.
  • 2 island people at it (05/03/2023, 12:37) Like (11) Dislike (16) Reply
    He gone where his island people them could vote for he uncontested but I got news for he because the lady with the bag mother is an island woman too.
    • island people (05/03/2023, 13:13) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
      We help to build the infrastructure, the economic structure, the hospitality industry , the tourism industry etc . Take your foolish mentality and smoke it … This country needs 35 to 40 thousand people to grow the economy go learn some sense . Where you will get it from ?????
      • Tolian (05/03/2023, 14:38) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
        Ayo were paid so dont think ayo did us a favour
      • @island people (05/03/2023, 18:50) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        You needed to survive as well. It's a trade off .You build your house , support your kids and extended families and still you are here.. Thank God for Tola, not coming on this media talking piss! Ungreatfull!
  • Voting for Alvera (05/03/2023, 12:42) Like (16) Dislike (14) Reply
    How quick and ungrateful some of us have become. This guy and others want us to forget the hardship VIP faced when took office in 2019. They had to deal with all the damages to the Territory the NDP failed to repair after hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. If that was not enough, then came the worse pandemic in the last 100 years that shut down all governments and the world economy while killing off many of our loved ones. Then if that was not enough, they had to deal with a well-organized plot of take over with the help of some of these same NDP people behind the scenes with the pre-arranged COI and pre-authored report and recommendations and directions for audits only from 2019 although the Governor said the Auditor General cannot be directed. People of the BVI wake up and do not let these people in the NDP fool you. They are singing for their supper. I am voting for Alvera.
  • Hoomemie (05/03/2023, 12:43) Like (21) Dislike (20) Reply
    We need Myron back on politics. Very intellectual guy.respected around the Caribbean
    .if shak ,willock ,Allen, fraser can run why can Myron. He spent 1m on a school wall only that he should have spent Andrew with the grant for so call fisher men.
  • TEK HER OUT BY THE BALLOT (05/03/2023, 13:01) Like (17) Dislike (17) Reply
  • Myron on his way to victory (05/03/2023, 13:16) Like (8) Dislike (17) Reply
    This is the road map.....3/4 of votes in Purcell, 1/2 of the Baughers bay votes and 1/2 up Belle Vue.....Myron is the winner by a large margin.
    • bb (06/03/2023, 07:16) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Which half in Baughers Bay? That will never happen. He may get his family votes and that's it.
    • ??? (07/03/2023, 17:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Which half up Bellevue? No sah! An Independent person better Run At-Large. Not Him and Not Her! We need fresh blood to represent and recognize that Belle Vue is part of the 6th District. These two running navel string ain't buried up Bellevue.
  • Come on (05/03/2023, 13:33) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    Another politician taking a page from "Trump" playbook. Lock him up!
  • Thk You.. (05/03/2023, 13:37) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why do they still see you as an Island man?
    • lol (05/03/2023, 14:40) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      yo could take the man outta deh island but yo cant take the island outta deh man
    • @ thk you… (05/03/2023, 15:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is not of his parents from here
    • Umm (06/03/2023, 16:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Because he still sees himself that way and always will. The island man talk isn’t home based so don’t be fooled by those who label their own selves that way. Majority of the BVI don’t even bother with that.
  • Naval string (05/03/2023, 13:41) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    Buddy leave honorable Cains alone. Take a rest until you are fully in tha all clear.
  • ta ta (05/03/2023, 14:38) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    What if Myron looses his case? And much go to jail until his appeal how embarrassing for we the people

    I saying with a safe pair of hands alvera

    Heard he registered some Spanish people to vote but he better wet his finger and wait we voting alvera all the way
  • Power Plus (05/03/2023, 14:53) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    try run from NDP a set of educated crooks
  • ITS REALLY AMAZING (05/03/2023, 15:37) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    With all the brains / masterminds / rocket scientists / aristocracts etc on this holy land that there are people in this 21st century still don't know what ( LAND SURROUNDED BY WATER IS CALLED ) and while some are using racism as a distraction to point ???? fingers atn the white boys and calling down our Caribbean brothers and sisters who happens to be of the same ( AFRICAN ANCESTRY WHO SUFFERED THE SAME FATE AS THOSE HERE , bJUST BECAUSE THEY ARE FROM ANOTHER CARIBBEAN COUNTRY / meanwhile the white lady is slowly taking over the country , and some of them getting rich off the drug money overnight , ( drug money ???? is blood money ) which is why nwe are experiencing all the cold blooded murders around the whole Caribbean / but that doesn't concern them moemre guns von the streets than the police got , still no problem to them , and especially now at election time , it's all about POWER , who dead , DEAD , no problem , it's BUSINESS AS as usual ????
  • Antigua vs Anguilla? (05/03/2023, 15:51) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mark and Lorna are out of Anguilla, but Myron has lineage in Antigua, so he’s forever an outsider? Make it make sense. Would it have been better if he was from St. Kitts or better yet England? The way we measure prospective leaders needs to change. When we really get serious about leadership we will ask real questions. Who is able to manage people in a department, money for priority projects, emotions when challenged by citizens and greedy wealthy power players in the community? Who has the ability to communicate well, make tough decisions and has family values, godly values and community building track record?
    • Another hybrid (05/03/2023, 17:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Alvera got St. Kitts lineage.
    • People like you are sickening (06/03/2023, 00:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      If Myron mom was born in Anitgua and Father was born in st vincent (assuming here) And they both decide to have their child born in Tortola. If myron was living in USA and did a crime and warrant for him to be deported back to home land. They will not send him to Antigua or St. Vincent either, it would be straight to tortola. So all you jack-@$$&£ who like to tell people they half breed and such. I would rather be called a half breed local.

  • Rubber Duck (05/03/2023, 16:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They threw the wrong bit away
  • Hoomemie (05/03/2023, 18:10) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
    Listen to me do a survey. The teachers want back Myron as education minister. Check for yourself. Don't Listen to me. Alvera don't having anything to offer.she don't say anything in the HOA. We want brilliant mines in these times. No pop p show.
  • fa real (05/03/2023, 18:37) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dis man lives in the 5th district. Man up and tale down Kye Rymer. You can't be running in da ghetto and live in a mansion in the 5th.
  • what (05/03/2023, 18:50) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    Naval string buried where? Move it to Balsma Gut. This man has bigger problems.
    • Naval (06/03/2023, 10:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Did Walwyn serve in the British Navy? Navel, “Nable.” But the point made.
  • Really? (05/03/2023, 20:05) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Your naval string may be buried here but where are your mother, father and grandparent's strings buried. Your generations will start with you. It's clear, you are making your own rules.
    • My God (06/03/2023, 23:06) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      So Myron and Ingrid are in the same damn boat then right??. Both of there parents are not from the BVI. Paul is from Antigua and Mather is from England. So why are you all keep on jumping on Myron. I believe you all are just threatening by him period‼️ Let the man be for Christ sake man.
  • Parliament of law (05/03/2023, 22:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Section 16(2)(a) of the BVI Constitution, declared as a fundamental human rights and freedoms, that a person charged with a criminal offence,is innocent,until proved guilty in a court of law

  • lol (05/03/2023, 23:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    didnt he catch a case?
  • Ms Johnson (06/03/2023, 07:42) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I voted for Andrew last time he got locked up I move now in the sixth district now you asking me to vote for Myron who is before the court on criminal charges? Hell no can’t take the drama two times
  • Norris Turnbull (06/03/2023, 08:23) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    ‘My navel string is buried under a tree’ in Free Bottom- Myron V. Walwyn.

    OK great BUT the roots of that Navel String is iñ Antigua. Nothing wrong with that but you know the culture around here. I think you should clear the air with the courts before attempting to run for office. It does not speak well of this country and to the wider world that a candidate is facing criminal charges and running for political office. Get your house in order son. Kedrick doesnt even look comfortable in that Press conference.
  • HAHA (06/03/2023, 08:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice one @Rubber Duck
  • vi (06/03/2023, 13:09) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    The VIP has to go they put as in this predicament so we going to vote them out any one went jail for biwater and the $11000000 bridge
  • No airfares (06/03/2023, 23:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Remember the money isn't there to pay for ferries feom St thomas and airfares to bring people in to vote. The outse string cut. Who is here to give the most votes? The same island people we look down on.

    The play at the college today was to depict how country people and town people looked down on the othee. Here we are for decades thinking we better than people from other islands. I pity us. Its the same so-call island people who will decide this election while the local people thinking on all the BVI names. Carry on
  • Secret Ways (07/03/2023, 15:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please Note:

    Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines Mother is not from the British Virgin Islands. Her mother is from Antigua. Only her father is from here as the saying goes.

    I from here or I born here.

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