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Premier accuses radio show of trying to ‘undermine confidence’ in his leadership

-said erroneous information about him awarding $80K contract for TV show was also to undermine confidence in National Unity Government
Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), while maintaining that reports of him giving someone a $80,000 contract to advance a GIS Public Television programme were completely false, has accused a radio station of trying to undermine confidence in his leadership and that of the coalition government. Photo: Facebook
The allegations of the contract were first made on ‘The Morning Braff’ show on Tola Radio and were further discussed on the same show during this week. Photo: Facebook
The allegations of the contract were first made on ‘The Morning Braff’ show on Tola Radio and were further discussed on the same show during this week. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), while maintaining that reports of him giving someone a $80,000 contract to advance a GIS Public Television programme were completely false, has accused a radio station of trying to undermine confidence in his leadership and that of the coalition government.

‘That contract does not exist’

During a ‘One on One’ with the media today, May 27, 2022, Premier Wheatley was asked if the contract does not exist.

“I’m saying that contract does not exist.”

Hon Wheatley noted; however, that the initiative would have been started under the former Premier.

“Yes, I do support and agree for the GIS television show to move forward but no contracts have been issued, except for one contract which may have been issued, I believe, to Digicel….but besides that no other contracts have been issued and I certainly have not given a $80,000 contract to anyone and let me just say about that issue, that issue was widely discussed on the radio.”

Radio show put on blast

The allegations of the contract were first made on ‘The Morning Braff’ show on Tola Radio and were further discussed on the same show during this week.

Premier Wheatley urged the media to be more responsible.

“I think it’s important when you’re communicating to the public and you as members of the media would notice it’s important to verify information and verify from sources that you that you trust and from persons who are in a position to give accurate information and I think it’s quite damaging in my view to disseminate inaccurate information because of course the public has a certain level of trust that this information is accurate.”

Attack on leadership

The Premier then asserted that the information about a contract being awarded was “completely erroneous and seeks to undermine confidence in my leadership and also in the leadership of this new National Unity Government.”

He said the allegations could be damaging as the Territory seeks to stave off a partial suspension of its constitution.

“I’ve listened to some broadcast [and] I would say there’s been several other examples of reckless dissemination of inaccurate, slanderous, libelous and defamatory information and I’m calling on the support of those persons in the media fraternity who know that these things do not conform with the principles of journalism and the principles of democracy. I’m calling on the members of the press corps to condemn those types of actions.

Premier Wheatley also reiterated that he is interested in engaging the media fraternity about how the media can regulate itself, “monitor itself, develop standards that all media houses must abide by and not let any persons who violate those standards cast a bad light on the media fraternity, because I know we have members in the media fraternity who are very hardworking, take their jobs very seriously and shouldn’t be associated with the actions of a few persons who do not abide by the principles you hold dear,” Dr Wheatley stated.

44 Responses to “Premier accuses radio show of trying to ‘undermine confidence’ in his leadership”

  • The Reaper (27/05/2022, 19:25) Like (18) Dislike (9) Reply
    Relax. When election come,u all trouble..Power gone to his head now……
    • right (28/05/2022, 06:06) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      'One-day' suggesting that there is confidence in his leadership to begin with! What confidence is there to be undermined? ZERO. 'One-day' need to realise that every time he opens his own mouth, he doing himself an injustice.. It has nothing to do with that radio programme. And to all the old mind politicians, listening does not equate to believing OK? There is a stage in between called thinking for yourself and applying common sense. That is exactly why most do not believe the words that are coming out of your mouth!! Let freedom of speech reign. And if I never listen to that radio programme before, I will now! See what all the fuss is about. Look at free advertising.
    • Comment (28/05/2022, 18:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It’s time to uncover the unGoldy filth around us, so that we can cleanse this territory! Uncovering filth is very nasty and messy…but in the end, the nasty stench in the air goes away!
  • smh (27/05/2022, 19:33) Like (12) Dislike (12) Reply
    People does actually listen to that c@#$%head???
  • long look me come from (27/05/2022, 19:35) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
    This man nat batter grow up and stop lashing out at the media
  • Well Well (27/05/2022, 19:39) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    So like FaceBook and Twitter the BVI public media must now be fact checked by pro Unity Government Moderators appointed by who? Wait, Wait don't tell me... Yeah like if you mention Hydroxychloroquine for Covid you are a conspiracy theorist. And you lose your right to be on social media. Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes truth.

    Disinformation is the weapon of the day. Sowende why do you suppose no one believes you? Where there is smoke there is fire. If you are so bothered and right, go ahead and sue the speakers, that is your remedy. Why don't you take it? I'll wait.
  • cnn (27/05/2022, 19:42) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    I with tola now he putting her in another job
  • Just My Two Cents (27/05/2022, 20:02) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Somebody play the tape please. They said a $80k contact was offered but they didn't conclude that it was signed. The Premier need to more responsible with his statements.
  • west (27/05/2022, 20:13) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    We out here calling a spade a spade!
  • Vg man (27/05/2022, 20:14) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
  • pv (27/05/2022, 20:17) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    If only he had been careful to clarify the information he was being told we may not be in thi s mess
  • Eagle Eye (27/05/2022, 20:21) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    With no election being call then y'all is working with the UK and not the Bvi people
  • Please… (27/05/2022, 21:08) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
    It doesn’t take a radio show to undermine the public’s confidence in your leadership! We are just grateful that these radio shows are opening up everyone’s eyes! The peoples voices will be heard! This will not be business as usual any longer!
  • The question remains… (27/05/2022, 21:12) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    was he involved with this young lady at anytime during his elected position as Minister or Deputy Premier?
    Was this young lady offered or giving a contract of ‘Any’ quantity or trade license exemption during or after their relations ‘if they were involved’?
    If so…did his electoral position influence this offer in any way?
    What is his Moral compass as a leader of this territory and are we as a territory willing to hold our leaders accountable for cronyism and mismanagement of public funds?
    If he truly repented as he stated will he allow a full investigation into this matter by the people and the government…as these documents should be public records? The world is watching! God is watching!!!
  • sir (27/05/2022, 21:27) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    You said there is no contract so why worry about it. Looks like you are reflecting some type of guilt.
  • Struppes (27/05/2022, 22:29) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    this tit for tat lil boy junk. Man up. You cant jump at every straw and try to defend everything people say. If you going lead, then just lead and stop being a baby.
    • Said I said I (28/05/2022, 21:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ struppes,
      You said it right. And, a leader should be tough and has the ability and mental strength to lead. A leader should not jump to answer to petty things such as this. The truth will stand and lies will fall, the devil will flee. Some people will go to any length to bring you down because that's how some people is.

  • big show (27/05/2022, 22:32) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dude just give it a rest you just like Fahie you want information go to the people with lies but we got you guys where we want you and by the way you are not a leader and you must understand how you got that position crab slow wande poppy show
  • @hmmm (27/05/2022, 23:02) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was disappointed with this Press Conference. It did not give the information many of us wants to hear. The Hon. Premier gave the impression that he does not know where we are as a territory concerning the pending action of the Uk. He was verbally recycling things he said in previous PCs. It is as though the fight has been knocked out of him and he looked tense. I think he knows things that he is not revealing to us..
  • @hmmm (27/05/2022, 23:19) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    I think a certain radio show started off meaning well. I enjoyed listening as a wide variety of issues were covered but lately, it has become too predictable same callers(all appear to be host/experts every day. Furthermore, I am more interested in the issues at hand than to waste precious time listening to men talking about how well their manhood works while eating cookies laced with God knows what and drinking vodka. Good thing a certain female lawyer does try to keep the conversation on track and prevent certain things from being said this avoiding libel suits.
  • Will say this much (28/05/2022, 01:51) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    I guess he is trying to silence the media like his old boss. It will never happen and here’s why, Tola Radio is the number one radio show in the BVI, the host have a big following in the US, outside the US and other Caribbean Islands. Everyone is into the MORNING BRAFF.
  • my 2 cents (28/05/2022, 02:44) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Didn't Mr. Wheatley address this same issue before? Why is he still harping on it? There are way more important issues to be discussing. Don't play with fire and you won't get burned. Politicians need to realize that eyes and ears are everywhere. Make sure what you do is above board and honest then you don't have anything to worry about. If you are not then people are going to call you out. It's their business after all. If tax payers money is involved they have a right to question and talk about it.
  • FRANK (28/05/2022, 06:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    His arrogant assumption that anyone has any confidence in his unelected leadership about sums the man up.
  • house slave (28/05/2022, 06:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    You ain't leading nothing star, following those white bwoy script is not leading.
  • Media (28/05/2022, 07:39) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Media houses need to be more responsible and get your facts straight first before they comment on issues. To often we air our mouth or pen information that is not credible. Yes I'm grateful for the information that enlightens the public but speaking on issues that is not factual damages ones character. This has nothing about being petty we must face the fact the world is listening and reading. We continue to air our dirty laundry.
  • whip cream (28/05/2022, 08:42) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    just wait till the European folks shows up.
  • dude (28/05/2022, 08:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is one of the reasons as to why the UK is going to step in. Stop the nit picking petty school boy playground nonsense. You said it is not true, then leave it the heck alone. If it is indeed true, admit to it because the truth is going to come out, deal with it and keep on moving down the road. The weight of this territory is on your back sans you got what you wanted. Sometimes getting what we want/wanted is not always a good thing.
  • vi (28/05/2022, 08:54) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    This so call premier act like an little child
  • support (28/05/2022, 10:05) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Lilly (28/05/2022, 10:21) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    We has already lost confidence in Nat elections now!! Dissolved the House
  • The Tit for Tat (28/05/2022, 11:11) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Minister. Sir you’re putting too much energy into this. You can’t win cause it honestly sounds like you and this person had an intimate relationship. Are you willing to dispute that. Yes or no. That’s the joke long and short of the story
  • eyes (28/05/2022, 11:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    When A black man get power.Look out for the true identity.
    • @eyes (30/05/2022, 21:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      …and when a white man gets power he makes himself above the law of the land and demands that the people pay his bills!
  • Please Man (28/05/2022, 12:04) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    You are way in over your head, you have no idea what it takes to run a Territory. Stop trying to cover up facts. A blind deaf cat knows you give your side piece a 80k contract that she was not entitled to and you up here bout unity Government. GO AHEAD BROTHER, I SEE YOU SLOWLY SLIDING DOWN THE SLIPPERY SLOPE TOWARDS POLITICAL RUIN.
  • Ease up People. (28/05/2022, 12:13) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is life, all of us who have friends or connection with power to help us get by seek that help,..So if the young lady is fortunate enough to have such friend and connection kudos to her...there are hundreds more out there getting by this way, even our own elected members are giving them selves contracts. "This is what bad. This is what we need to extend our energy on and stop hating on the wrong things..
    • @Ease (28/05/2022, 18:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      You know what this is called…prostituting your country for Benefits!
  • Radio Shows (28/05/2022, 12:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The host of the radio shows must host programs which tell the people of this territory

    1. What the commissioner or His Excellency is doing about the large number of gun in the territory(guns are not made here therefore they slipping through the borders and the governor and commissioner appears to be doing nothing

    2. Bring the commissioner or governor on the talkshows and let the residents know What is being done about the big rise in gun crimes in the territory.

    3. Have the united kingdom representatives come on your radio shows and update the nation about members of the police department given bale for criminal offenses and skip this jurisdiction

    4. Let those with responsibility for the overall security of this territory give an update on the many unsolved crimes. It is alleged that officers from UK came in and was paid related to unsolved killings and no substantial arrest thus far

    5. let the commissioner come on public talks shows and advise why no police officers can be seen patrolling especially in road town. U see a set of police after something occurred…

    Do not be shy the same how the talking shows people grabbing microphone to cut down your fellow country people STAND UP and Speak out about the grown crime in this once tranquil country
  • Tola radio new fan (28/05/2022, 15:02) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    I never used to listen Tola radio. Honestly thought it was a jokey jokey. Then since Andrew debacle I listen everyday. It is VERY INFORMATIVE. Are the discussions heated sometimes? Yes! Are there some slipping of choice words? Yes! Are names called? Hell yes! Do we love it? You betcha!!! Keep on doing what you doing Tola Radio. If they can't take the heat get out of the d*** kitchen!!!
  • @Tola radio new fan (28/05/2022, 18:27) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Totally agree, if they can’t take the heat, then slither on out of the kitchen. Tola radio is the shizzle. Heritage, Cindy and Damian got that good on air chemistry. And I like looking at Heritage and Damian. LOL, Sam is acting like a cross setty fowl.
  • look here (28/05/2022, 18:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Damnnnnnn, this guy just add more ratings to Tola radio. People that never use to tune in is now tuning in. Tola radio is the peoples radio.
  • vex (28/05/2022, 20:37) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Tola with Cindy is a joke
  • smh (28/05/2022, 21:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Premier should focus on resolving issues more important to the Territory than be bickering back and forth with naysayers. Utilize your time wisely! No man stands alone! People goibg to try and discredit the Government no matter who is serving. Forget the foolish notion of trying to defend integrity and pride and focus on finding solutions to the Territory's Issues.
  • 1834 (29/05/2022, 15:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    the one fellow father is a pure white boy so he could be a bit mixed up while on the radio shows

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