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Vaughn Maduro of Positive Action Movement passes

One of the persons who is credited with resisting the controversial Bates-Hill Agreement in the late 60s, Mr Vaughn Maduro, has died. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One of the persons credited with resisting the controversial Bates-Hill Agreement in the late 60s, Mr Vaughn Maduro, has died.

Although his name is not among the popular ones, Mr Maduro aka ‘Old Oak’ was said to be a close friend of the late Noel Lloyd and was also a member of the Positive Action Movement (PAM).

He was part of the resistance against British developer Kenneth Bates from owning large portions of land at Wickham’s Cay and Anegada via 199-year leases.

Opposition to the Bates-Hill agreement and the formation of PAM began when it was rumoured that the company did not plan to allow locals access to the site except in a service capacity.

Following massive demonstrations and marches to Government House and the Chief Minister’s Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) the British government agreed to buy back the leases in 1970, via a $5.8M loan to the territory.

The Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online extend condolences to the family and friends of the late Vaughn Maduro.

20 Responses to “Vaughn Maduro of Positive Action Movement passes”

  • MAY YOUR SOUL (22/05/2023, 08:45) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Old fellow (22/05/2023, 14:42) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
      I am sorry to hear about Old Oak's passing - unfortunately, at my age a lot of my generation are passing.
      Whilst what Old Oak did was a brave and honourable thing which we righty celebrate, I wonder if killing off the Bates deal was the best thing for the BVI in the long run.
      At about the same time that we got rid of Bates's land deal, the TCI did a similar deal with a foreign investor.
      Many years later, the TCI is still enjoying the benefits of that deal - giving away the land cheaply in return for a significant investment in an airport (a proper one with a proper length runway), a marina (properly run not like Virgin Gorda) and a hotel , reaped huge benefits for the foreign investor and for the TCI.
      Provo, which was as barren of development as Anegada, is now the centre of the TCI, and TCIlanders have benefited hugely and are significant owners of tourism connected businesses (including contractors building numerous multi million dollar resorts). The TCI has gone from the poor relation to one of the wealthiest places in the Caribbean - so have TCIlanders - and the real estate there cannot be moved (like BVI companies can) to another jurisdiction. The stamp duty is a bonanza for the TCI Government that will long outlive the diminishing revenue the BVI receives from our companies.
      It pains me to say it but with the benefit of hindsight, I am not sure that our marching heroes were good for the BVI.
      • NPolitico (22/05/2023, 21:55) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        The advocation, agitation by action by Noel Lloyd and PAM and supporters was the right move. The sordid scheme cooked up by Administrator Martin Stavely and U.K. company Kenneth Bstrs-Hill disadvantaged Virgin Islanders, lowering to an Apartheid-like treatment in their homeland. That behavior and attitude have had and has no place in the BVI. Virgin Islanders would have reduced to a servile role as carriers of water and hewers of wood. Under the agreement Bates-Hill would have a)199 year lease, 2) paid government a measly $30,000 a year, 3) paid no taxes, or duty, etc, 4) gotten control of 80% of Anegada, pushing Anegadians to a small rocky section on the outskirts., etc. The action by Noel Lloyd and PAM pushed FCO to commission a commission of inquiry. The lone commissioner, Derek Jakeway I think, unsurprisingly sided with Kenneth Bates-Hill. This sounds like a familiar behavior among assigned U.K. commissioners in commission of inquiries. What did Gary Hickinbottom do? Conducted a one-sided CoI. In any event, Noel and PAM did not fold with Jakeway one- sided CoI recommendations; they continued agitating. Eventually, the FCO intervened and agreed to loan the BVI approximately $6M to buy out Kenneth Bates-Hill interest in the one-sided agreement that was allegedly probably concocted on a napkin over drinks. The exciting thing was Anegadians were pushed off their homeland and Wickham Cay back in the hands of Virgin Islanders. Moreover, I don’t know the details on the TCI but if it were good for them Great. But the Kenneth Bates-Hill was not good for Virgin Islanders.
      • Stealth (23/05/2023, 07:20) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

        It is sad to see our national heroes, heritage, history, culture, identity, etc slaughtered on the altar of a few dollars. Some of us only interest are greenbacks; we blinded by and prisoner to the greenback. In our blindness and prisoner status, we demonstrate an attitude and behaviour of not giving a rat’s @$$ about VI heritage, identity, history, culture, patriotism, etc. Unquestionably and clearly, you are demonstrating a more altruistic attitude towards external investors who don’t give a rat’s @%$ about BVI and BVIslanders interest with their only interest being personal benefit and profit. You see the universe of the BVI interest and what is good for the BVI through the eyes of external investors, ie, invaders. Clearly you are not a true Virgin Islander, thrashing national heroes. Embarrassing and shameful. Bluntly, you are a sellout, an Uncle Tom(more correctly a Sambo), appeaser, brownnoser, etc. You are fragging your countrymen. Sad, sad, sad. You have defiled the passing of Ole Oak with selfishness and anti- nationalism behaviour. Noel Lloyd and PAM fiercely stood against the relentless colonialist exploitation fast rising tide. However, you crap on it, wants to flush it down the drain, and erase it as being counter to BVI interest. You need to go on the Wall of Shame. Don’t call yourself a BVIslander. Banish yourself to Round Rock or somewhere but preferably out of the BVI. I have spent enough key strokes on you already.

        • @Stealth (23/05/2023, 09:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          Stealth , you didn’t hold back any punches; you are letting things rip . This Ole Fellow sounds like a hopeless, dinosaur Boomer, so I would not even waste my time. It is people like dem so who would sell out the BVI in a quick minute. Noel initially stood alone against the rising time of the colonialism construct. Nevertheless, in time, his fellow Virgin Islanders took the blinders off and join the fight against the rising tide. Regrettably, some saw him as a nuisance, crazy, etc, and stigmatized, shunned, isolated, ostracized, etc., him. It was in the sunset of his life on his ailing bed that he got some recognition and appreciation for standing against the rising tide. He had the courage, strength, will power , foresight, determination, etc to stand against a roaring colonialism rising tide of Administrators M. Stavely and J. S. Thompson acting not in the best interest of the BVI. Instead, showing favor for fellow Brit Kenneth Bates-Hill over others and at the expense of the BVI and Virgin Islanders.

          By the way, I wonder if Ole Fellow got the view of TCIslanders masses, the many, or just the view of a few elites and big shots, if any,? Did Ole Fellow deliberatively forget that a plot on Wickham Cay would have gone for an estimated $160,000 an acre which was well beyond the means of the average Virgin Islander?
  • Marla (22/05/2023, 08:50) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to his family and friends. Thanking God for the courage he gave him during a time trial in the BVI. I pray you rest in peace, 'Ole Oak'!
  • rip (22/05/2023, 08:50) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    A kind soul. Sharp minded and the best stewed fish and coconut bread on the island.

    RIP my brother.
  • E. Leonard (22/05/2023, 09:16) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Old Oak, rest easy in eternal peace!!! You stood strong against the one-sided, lose-lose Kenneth Bates-Hill and associates rising tide, keeping Wickham Cay and Anegada in local hands. Your effort, sacrifices, and contributions will be long-remembered and noted in the annals of Virgin Islands history. Noel Lloyd and PAM’s action exemplified the power and effectiveness of oneness, collective effort and unity of purpose/action. My deepest and warmest condolences to the family and friends!
  • rip (22/05/2023, 09:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    always used to come and ask to help you do this and that will surely miss giving my lending hand to you mehn
    45th youth
  • asura (22/05/2023, 10:04) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    thank you vino for giving him credit
  • Observer (22/05/2023, 10:55) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Gone but not forgotten. A humble soul, compassionate, resilient, respectful, kind hearted. It’s like I’m tasting the coconut bread. Sincere condolences to the immediate and extended family. May his soul rest in peace.????????
  • One by One (22/05/2023, 13:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    we are falling while our leaders play. These arrogant and selfish pretenders are totally out of touch with reality...clueless. Many persons are suffering with no hope this is so sad. We have been bamboozled and confused. Ignorance and greed have turned us into strangers in our own land. The sacrifices of our ancestors seem to have all been in vain. We blame everyone else but the truth is we are the real problem sadly lacking love and vision.
  • hey (22/05/2023, 17:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would be glad for someone to tell me the meaning of 'Old oak' and how he came by the name please.

    Rest easy big man.
  • Peonia (22/05/2023, 18:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    My cindolences to the maduro families and your love ones durning this mournful period.
  • • ASURA (22/05/2023, 18:34) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
  • R.I.P. (22/05/2023, 18:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I didn't know about him being part of the Positive Action movement, but I know about that hot coconut bread and cheese at 1am near the band stand.
  • Donald (22/05/2023, 21:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rest in peace cuz i have many great memories of you and with you. Before the coconut bread the snow kone was what started it and don't forget his saltfish and white rice. I also remember the red ford bus that he had that was our transportation to and from many events when we were younger. Another talent he had was burning wood to give it that special look and then he would sand it and varnish it his whole house had that look. Can't forget his story telling which was always full of jokes and acting. He had a passion for yoga and used to perform it at many shows he could fit into a washing tub with ease. Oak you will be missed but always remembered.
  • Andrew Cox Sr (23/05/2023, 07:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    "The Oldest Oak" is what i called him whenever we meet....

    He did well towards the development of the territory

    my condolences to all of his Love-Ones
  • Undercover Observer (23/05/2023, 11:25) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is it my observation or Old Oak’s passing has revived an active discussion on Noel Lloyd and PAM a seemingly almost forgotten organization with significant contribution to VI history. Noel Lloyd and PAM, the Great March of November 1949, the 1853 Cattle Riot, Christopher Fleming 1890 Protest, etc, should be taught as part of VI history. Is PAM an active organization and if no why not? PAM events need to be catalogued before all the members are called home to rest.
  • Native Tongue (23/05/2023, 20:48) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    People like "ole fellow" néed to shut up. Sometimes you have to tell some people, shut your month. You actually need a dam slap.

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