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Premier slams Hon Malone over statements about 'coup' in VI

- calls statements highly irresponsible & self-serving
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), right, has slammed now Opposition Member, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), left, over statements that the Government of National Unity was selected as a result of a ‘coup’ in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has slammed now Opposition Member, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) over statements that the Government of National Unity was selected as a result of a ‘coup’ in the Virgin Islands.

While Hon Malone was a guest on the August 11, 2022, episode of ‘The Narrative’ talk show with host Calistra Farrier on the VI and other current matters in the territory, he was asked about the state of politics in the VI.

He responded, “Right now it's been clouded with this Commission of Inquiry because, at the end of the day, you will recall that after the events of April 28 [2022] within a five-day [period], whether it's questionable or not, we were able to… form a coup, for lack of a better word.”

Calling inaccurate information a disservice to the general public, Dr Wheatley, while not naming the legislator, slammed the statements.

“I was highly disappointed recently to hear persons on the airwaves just last week saying that the current reform process is the product of a coup here in the Virgin Islands, that brought the Government of National Unity to power,” Dr Wheatley stated during a press conference today, August 26, 2022.

Coup statements 'blatantly false'- Dr Wheatley 

Dr Wheatley continued, “This is blatantly false, and spreading such falsehoods is completely irresponsible and self-serving. To be clear, the Virgin Islands Party Congress in early May elected me the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party. I am the leader of the Virgin Islands Party,” he said.

The Premier then detailed that elected members of the Virgin Islands Party, all of the elected members of the National Democratic Party and the elected members of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement then indicated they supported him as the leader of the Government of National Unity at its formation.

“No coup has occurred in the Virgin Islands and it is important that persons not spread such falsehoods, which is highly irresponsible, especially by persons in elected office,” he said.

With the Government of the Virgin Islands and the Opposition, along with the people, against direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK), the Government and Opposition announced a coalition government on May 4, 2022, with the hope of staving off UK direct rule over the findings of the 2021 Commission of Inquiry in the Virgin Islands.

30 Responses to “Premier slams Hon Malone over statements about 'coup' in VI”

  • cocoa bay pon top ah yaws (26/08/2022, 13:54) Like (24) Dislike (47) Reply
    He got time to slam Carvin but don't have time to visit or call the former Premier that he {dont want to say OVERTHREW}
    • controversial (26/08/2022, 14:32) Like (41) Dislike (6) Reply
      call him for what... how to plan over 20 years for the ultimate drug run only to get catch... let foy boy stay where he is... we will se in in 25 or 30 years.
    • VOTER #6 (26/08/2022, 15:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Comment (26/08/2022, 17:20) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      As we are all aware, the most transparent and democratic procedure in this matter would involve a general election. Unfortunately, we are operating under 21st century colonial UK governance that lacks transparency in these democratic matters. Sowande justifies his stands as preservation of country. Yet many call it preservation of his ambition to sustain the legacy of the leadership his grandfather held and also a cowardly prideful act. The question is, what would our great and brave leaders of the past like Noel Lloyd label this all as? I don’t find that he has the caliber of the great ones of history. If you cannot fight for your liberty, for your freedom, you and your Doctorate Degree will always be less than. No matter where in the world you choose to live, the dark shadow of self preservation will be your friendly companion like those of Judas and the like.
    • Read (28/08/2022, 13:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You cannot visit nor call those under house arrest. It is not the Premier's fault that this situation is what it is. This is not Balsam Ghut we talking about.
  • Playing naive (26/08/2022, 14:00) Like (54) Dislike (6) Reply
    Its very strange how he could remember what Malone said about the coup but cant remember how much rent he is paying for Dawson's building at the foot of Joe's Hill
  • Well Sah (26/08/2022, 14:03) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    The same man who said that "they want to see government members fighting" on another site, now here picking a fight with Hon Malone
  • I want to see how they are going to campaign (26/08/2022, 14:05) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Corvid Malone (26/08/2022, 14:13) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Salty. Just turn him over to Piko Moff that’s his match.
    He tried to cry on Facebook about what Picko said and absolutely no one paid him any attention.
    He cries like the whimp he is.
    Let him go take his cowpox vaccine
  • fatman (26/08/2022, 14:15) Like (22) Dislike (22) Reply
    Carvin needs to shut the hell up. He's irrelevant and just trying to distract us. He needs to go do some work! All these Districts need some oversight, so start by bringing to the people the plan to get the potholes fixed in this place, and we can get lower electricity bills. How about he looks into those matters from talking smack out his head.
  • OK Then (26/08/2022, 14:31) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    I think this is a VIP fight. Slow Wande needs to find another party to run under for the next election.
  • Greg (26/08/2022, 14:43) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    I don't know who COUP who, but we are one and you all need to get it together not fighting amongst yourselves because while you are fighting and being distracted, guess who will slip in without you not noticing them. Band together and think as one person before you get replaced by outsiders for sure. Once they are in, you all are OUT! They will NOT let go of the reigns once they get ahold of them. Haven't you learned from history? Don't allow it to repeat itself?
    • Fool stop defending Foy.. (26/08/2022, 15:25) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
      U R a big fool. Why you keep defending Fahie. . Fahie choose Sowande over you as deputy or you would have been Premier today...The only reason why I can see you defending Foy if you all have criminal secrets holding for each other...Foy screw your political career.. get smart. Be tuff.
  • ITS CALLED (26/08/2022, 14:52) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Our best Premier in 30yrs. (26/08/2022, 15:18) Like (18) Dislike (21) Reply
    Better than Ralph. Better than Orlando. Better than Andrew, so Malone and the rest of the corrupt crew need to show this good and courageous Premier respect and appreciation.,.
    • @Our best… (26/08/2022, 17:23) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      You got to be white. lol…
    • @ best premier in 30y (27/08/2022, 07:17) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Yes because he is a puppet controlled by John ranking
      • care (27/08/2022, 14:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        Let go ahead pat himself on de back cause come next election .all de sucking up done and he done no body will vote for him.and who else its a family ting oh .the educated and wise can see through all a dem .
  • Just saying (26/08/2022, 15:27) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Nat is a coward but cavin naaa fraid he
  • Sambo (26/08/2022, 15:36) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    The UK’s signature divide and rule plan is working like a charm. Typically, the UK rule indirectly by setting up divisions among various local factions, and then choose a side who it holds indebted to it. The Guv and UK are kicking back, sipping tea and watching and enjoying the bloaks fight among themselves. What a ting!!! You don’t have to trust me. Just look at the history of colonialism around the globe.
  • retired (26/08/2022, 15:38) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the problem right here. The two of them belong to the same party but they airing their dirty laundry in public. In all my years growing up in a mainly 2 party country. This never happened. Where is the togethernes? When the new coalition govt was formed the new premier said Malone and Wheatley gave up their positions for the new govt to form. Whether this was true or not leave it that way. We were none the wiser. Work together until such time when VI P and NDP could come back on the scene. But no Malone had to go on the Opposition clearly indicating that all was not as it seemed. Now he gone on radio talking about a coup. Wheatley leave him alone. We dont want no tit for tat. We have way bigger issues to deal with. Stay focused and let's get through these rough patches. Roads, schools, and all the rest stuff need to be on the front burner right now.
    • Smh (27/08/2022, 12:55) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      There was no stipulation that they had to be removed .That was a choice and political strategy. Hon Malone remains one of the most competent, strategic members who navigated the Territory through a challenging time . They don't belong to the same party. The Premier is VIP for 3 years vs Hon. Malone for 20 plus years. They were removed because they posed the biggest threat to power. They will try to postpone the vote for as long as possible.
  • josiah'sbay (26/08/2022, 16:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    There're constitutional ways to remove members of government or too vote them out. Coup?
  • extra extra (26/08/2022, 16:47) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Both Fahie and Showonde threw "Cantwind Alone" under the bus
  • @ Sambo (26/08/2022, 21:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so when they had the implosion in the NDP , ate choice saying the colonialists organized that too ????
  • Testing 1234 (26/08/2022, 22:46) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    the territory will never have another premier like fahie go figure it out carvin
  • zone 7 (27/08/2022, 07:18) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    This premier acting like a child he must go
  • Rubber Duck (27/08/2022, 08:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dumb v Dumber
  • Correction (27/08/2022, 14:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ sambo ) so when they had the implosion in the NDP / are you saying that it was the colonialist that organized that too ???? ,????

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