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Unity Gov’t ‘selected’ as a result of a coup– Hon Carvin Malone

-Points out that Natalio D. Wheatley Gov’t never went to the polls & was never elected by the people
Members of the National Unity Government. From left: Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6); Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports, Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL); Minister for Transportation, Utilities and Works, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5); Acting Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7); Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8); Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) and Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL). Photo: Facebook
Hon Malone was the guest on the August 11, 2022, episode of ‘The Narrative’ talkshow with host Calistra Farrier on the BVI and other current matters in the territory. Photo: Youtube
Hon Malone was the guest on the August 11, 2022, episode of ‘The Narrative’ talkshow with host Calistra Farrier on the BVI and other current matters in the territory. Photo: Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Opposition Member, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), who crossed the floor after the formation of the Government of National Unity led by Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), has described the formation of that Government as one that resulted from a coup and not democratic elections.

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. 

When asked about the state of politics in the VI, Hon Malone said, “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.”

As such, he said the VI moved from a “Change of government elected by the people” to one selected, which resulted in a coalition government that came without the people ever going to the polls. 

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 unity government on May 4, 2022, with the hope of staving off UK direct rule over the findings of a Commission of Inquiry.

VIP Gov't, Opposition forms new Unit Government 

The National Unity Government includes Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7); Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6); Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports, Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) and Minister for Transportation, Utilities and Works, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5).

Other members include the previous Opposition Leader as the new Minister for Health and Social Development in the person of Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8); Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) and Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL). 

Dr Wheatley has said the elected political party members met and agreed to propose a national unity government to Governor John J. Rankin and said that different political parties would be represented in Cabinet as this would give the best political representation as a government that will be working closely with the governor and the United Kingdom on reforms.

Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) has reached out to Premier Dr Wheatley for his response to the formation of his Government of National Unity being described as a coup by Hon Malone; however, no response was received up to publication time.

The former Opposition Leader Hon Penn; however, has said the National Unity Government was only expected to last for 10 to 12 months ahead of the 2023 constitutionally due elections.

28 Responses to “Unity Gov’t ‘selected’ as a result of a coup– Hon Carvin Malone”

  • Right on again! (12/08/2022, 15:13) Like (16) Dislike (16) Reply
    I said 13 must go, however you have my support mr Malone, even if it’s not holding office!

    You are the only one offering clarity and bring the facts! It’s unfortunate you were tarnished by your leadership for the last 3 years!

    I can say in agreement it was a coup, orchestrated by our mutual antagonist in the west!

    Some people want to cover up for the British but we know the truth and we know who helped them quell the anger of the people!
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (12/08/2022, 15:14) Like (37) Dislike (23) Reply
    Hon. Carvin Malone, former VIP now opposition member, you very well know that the coup that you mentioned is shameful lie. We are not sure whether or not the Unity Government will remain in power next coming election, but to say that a coup was staged by them is clear evidence that you don't deserved to be considered as as to be voted in power as a political representative of which Party the voters choose is very clear.
    • josiah'sbay (12/08/2022, 17:22) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
      What is clear to me is that many of us refuse to acknowledge the truth of what happened. We had a Constitutional democratically elected Government which was removed unconstitutionally from their elected positions. The Constitution outlined how members of Government can be removed and it was clearly not followed. In collusion with the UK, the Governor and members of the elected Government they negated the elected Government and formed a political Government with the UK's blessings. Even now they are behaving like a puppet Government for the UK. The Constitution has not been suspended so we have every right to operate under the conditions laid out by the Constitution. We choose not to fight for our rights because we fear that our Constitution will be suspended. The irony is that while we fear its official suspension it has been rendered null and void. We should have maintain our Government and fight against the Order in Council. It's difficult to fight against our mother country when we put their colonial rule above our dignity and rights.
      • reality (13/08/2022, 15:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        @Josiah's bay

        You are speaking like a child. You think the recommendation to suspend the constitution was a mere threat? The removal of the Fahie-led government was a certainty, one way or the other. It came down to a choice as to who would implement the COI recommendations - whether it be the proposed Unity government as a caretaker until the next elections, or the Governor as a dictator for years.

        Grow up and use your head, not your emotions.
      • Merger? (13/08/2022, 16:15) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        There was no need to create a new government while excluding the will of the people!

        Mr Malone is correct, young leader moved unilaterally in a time when the people wanted to have a say!

        The votes belong to the people, government is to work for the people!!!! Not be overridden by overly zealous politicians with desires of grandeur!

        Long look please keep this man out!
  • W*F (12/08/2022, 15:21) Like (32) Dislike (15) Reply
    Do yourself a favour Carvin. Shut up. Go sit down. A Government of representatives is elected by the people. The political parties decide who will be Premiers and Ministers. The Government is STILL made of representatives, as elected, they have just reorganised. With the exception of the Speaker, there are no new unelected members in the house. There are no unelected Ministers. It's amazing how different things look with the removal of one man. It's amazing how all of those representatives vote differently in his absence. He may have been a dictator, but they are also weak and have previously failed to represent their constituents' and their own views honestly in the past. At least they are with us now. Will you clean up your act and be the representative people hoped you might be? Or will become the fossil that you are currently projecting yourself to be. Elections are coming. You decide.
  • Coup? (12/08/2022, 15:22) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    That’s COO COO!
  • Best dressed chicken (12/08/2022, 15:40) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    Popcorn minister got a lot of chat these days LMAO!! I ordered 3 cases of popcorn for him, I'll have them shipped down pockwood pond LOL
  • T (12/08/2022, 16:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
  • jack (12/08/2022, 16:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    One thing VINO will find your dirt no matter where you say it.
  • Smh (12/08/2022, 17:08) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    An so if 5 of them cross the floor now will that be A coup? Or you Carvin wanted to be the Premier and NONE wanted YOU.
  • 999 (12/08/2022, 17:32) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    your own people always have some dumb fu($: when malone and fahie had our country locked down and the small business owners were suffering all was well and good now suddenly malone so full negative vibes…. Very man is entitled to there opinion
  • Insight (12/08/2022, 17:41) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Smh (12/08/2022, 17:50) Like (10) Dislike (15) Reply
    Why was Hon. Malone removed from his Ministry? It wasn't fraud , it wasn't incompetence - It was simply because he was seen as a threat to power. Malone is a strategic , competent statesman that brought back the VIP from 2 elected Representatives to winning the Government. He has been VIP for 2 decades and can stand on their accomplishments . He should have been deputy but Head coach was threatened , same way that current is now. He condemned the former Premier without abandoning him , that's character right there. Nobody has pointed to anything wrong that Malone has done. I respect someone who can stand by someone in time of need rather than run. Does not mean they endorse the behavior just means they have a spine. Hon. Malone is great advocate for the BVI. He has my vote.
    • Stop It (12/08/2022, 19:57) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Stop writing about yourself. You have health services in a mess. Shameful another egotistical maniac that is hypocritical and does not have the country at heart
      • Correction (13/08/2022, 14:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        He met the mess. No money means no fix. Minus the laid back mentality of some Let’s get to the real question where did all the money go from the last administration
    • ND (13/08/2022, 13:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      and don’t forget he did a great job fixing pockwood pond - promises made promises kept - oh hang on a minute no that’s not what happened!
  • Coup (12/08/2022, 20:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • musa (12/08/2022, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This election campaign will bring out so real hot calypso for next year carnival ????????
  • Me (13/08/2022, 07:26) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    My question Carvin.Why you Vincent were removed both as once..?Both you Vincent were former deputy chief in training.Andrew never once come to.the people and say why he choose Wheatley over You ,Vincent,Rhymer.To this day Wheatley can't come to us.and.say why u 2 were discarded.Now you sound so bitter because slowande is now.head of a party U once was chairman without contributing.My other question for you&.Vincent also slowande ,since u both.were removed from ministers post IS BOTH OF YOU.SALARY REMAIN THE SAME?Be man and.answer any.of U see I didn't refer to any of.U.guys as HONORABLE.why you.guys don't deserve it
    • Smh (13/08/2022, 12:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      so help me to understand, The person that was the Deputy Premier , second in command , hand picked by former Premier has NO culpability for The former Premier's actions , but His 2 Ministers who are long standing loyal VIP Members hold all the blame. Is the entire VIP then condemned because of 1 man's action? What about all the other VIP members still there? What is their liability? There appears to be some alternative motives here . Again I ask where is any evidence of wrong doing by Hon. Malone and Hon. Vincent Wheatley. There is none .
      • Truth1 (13/08/2022, 16:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ask Vincent about the investigation going on about the lands ask Carvin about the 12 million
  • truth be told (13/08/2022, 07:55) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    when last ayo hear Claude skeleton cline name in anything. This man gone silent and out of sight. Calling Mr. Milk the government where are you now, can you hear me now.
  • Carvin. Stop. Pls (13/08/2022, 08:01) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    This Govt and premier is the best we have had in the last 30yrs. Honest, responsible, no scandal of corruption. We know a lot of people are a custom to get a lot of freeees from govt. So when the gravy Train stop running you expect bitterness, resentment etc.. If we are honest we will rate this new coalition administration highly..
  • Shem (13/08/2022, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What confusion this man come to put in this govt. We all no how they get in .we all no .support them instead to go through the rest of the term .you couldnt even manage the health department is premiere u want that country would drown. You bashing your own people mehn .go sit down .give somebody else a chance .greed greed and more greed on this island
  • ginger (13/08/2022, 16:49) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Before you address any issues how about addressing the issues you were responsible for tell us why the NHI in shambles. Why were covid numbers falsified. Why the workers at Peebles not getting their right pay cheque tell us please
  • HMMM (13/08/2022, 21:44) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Carvin go siddung and find another topic please. With the fragility of this country’s government, please SHUT UP and be more constructive and contribute to the betterment of the country. YOU CROSSED THE FLOOR BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL CONTROLLED BY HEAD COACH

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