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‘We need unity & sacrifice’ to get through challenges- Ag Premier

Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley made the announcement at today's May 3, 2022, 2nd Sitting of the 4th Session of the 4thHouse of Assembly at the Save the Seed Energy Center in Duff's Bottom, Tortola. Photo: HoA/Youtube
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Hot on the heels of an announcement by House Speaker Hon Julian Willock that he is being forced to resign from the House of Assembly, Acting Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said the territory will need to make sacrifices in order for the Virgin Islands (VI) to move forward in the face of challenges.

Those challenges he said include the detainment of Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over alleged drug conspiracy charges, and the sweeping recommendations of the recently released Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report, which proposes UK direct rule and a suspension of the local constitution.

Touching on the matter of the Premier’s arrest in Miami, Dr Wheatley said, “It is not difficult for anyone to say that the actions which are described in the affidavit are deplorable, are disappointing, are shocking and we denounce those actions without a shadow of a doubt.”

Speaking to the people of the VI, Dr Whatley said the 49 CoI recommendations included a proposed and unwelcome recommendation, which is the suspension of the local constitution.

'We have to hold ourselves & each other accountable'

He said if the VI wants to avoid that unwelcome consequence, leaders have to look at themselves and renew their commitment to the principles of democracy, good governance, accountability, and transparency.

“We have to recognise from the very highest office, including myself, straight down to every citizen in the Virgin Islands, what we can do better to improve our home because we all have a role to play,” he said.

The Acting Premier said he has done some retrospection and concluded that the VI must hold ourselves accountable and to hold each other accountable.

“Now what I can say without a shadow of a doubt is to get through this moment and to save our Virgin Islands, ww need unity, and we need sacrifice. You have to be willing to unite and we have to be willing to make sacrifices.”

It remains unclear what sacrifices the Acting Premier was referring to, or whether the removal of the Speaker was a 'sacrifice' that was proposed by the UK officials.

United front needed- Dr Wheatley

However, Dr the Hon Wheatley has called on the people of the VI to put aside differences and have a united front in the face of threats. 

He said the VI opposition and government will also unite in the face of a possible UK takeover and to address the issues in and outside of the CoI report 

“We have a responsibility to all those who love the Virgin Islands and call it home and we have a responsibility to coming generations.”

The Deputy Premier added, “I am committed, and I know my colleagues are committed, and I believe that we should all declare that it is a new day in the Virgin Islands and allow this crisis to be an opportunity for improvement and to become a better society.”

18 Responses to “‘We need unity & sacrifice’ to get through challenges- Ag Premier ”

  • statement of intent (03/05/2022, 18:41) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hon Wheatley
    that was a well crafted and well presented statement that was much needed at this time. it will take a steady hand and clear head to get us through this.. do what needs to be done to get us through this...throw political ambition put of the window for now. a critical time ahead .
    full support.

  • Amazed (03/05/2022, 19:24) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    You did say United “front “. Is it only a front for the benefit of the UK authorities?
  • perilous times (03/05/2022, 19:26) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
    Lets hope the corruption don't go from the left to the right. I am not happy with your recent agricultural legislation. Farming and fishing have always been an avenue for hard working Virgin Islanders to earn an independent living. The United Nations is merely locking us into the New World Order Global Domination Program that is murdering populations across the globe. One way or the other we need to confront these MONSTERS.
  • from buckingham palace (03/05/2022, 20:04) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Motion (03/05/2022, 20:46) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    And a child shall lead them
  • resident (03/05/2022, 20:49) Like (31) Dislike (10) Reply
    He has a lot of talk. Mr Wheatley is not the person to lead this country but you all will allow anyone to take over just to stop England from taking over. He has proven his incompetence for years. Suddenly he's such a great leader. You all need to stop the foolishness. I'm sick of you people. He was one of them that agreed with everything Andrew did and said like a sheep. He had the governor told off too. Now he's a big hypocrite. All because he wants to be premier. You people forget too quickly. Let England fix this mess. ALL of them need to resign, including Sawande, Natalio or whatever his name is
    • fromafar (04/05/2022, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh , you don't seem to be happy with any decision, i have a ticket for you.
  • What we need (03/05/2022, 21:29) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is for the UK to come take in already and clean up
  • fet (04/05/2022, 05:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is time for election so the people can choose who runs the affairs of this territory.
  • Avoiding a UK take over. (04/05/2022, 06:21) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The talk is nice, the first elimination was needed. Hon Wheatley, you still have at least 3 more bad apples on your tree and you are trying to add another one. I support Marlon as Deputy. .Those that have businesses and have govt contracts need to go. U have 3 of them...My heart is telling me, only a UK take over can truly clean things up...
  • Switch Port Folios..My suggestion (04/05/2022, 06:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    You made the first best move, the second best move is to clean your house as COI indicated, the third best move is to Switch ministries. I will like to see Marlon on your team as Deputy and incharge of Ports and tourism,, I know Mr. Premier you can and will clean Immigration up U take charge of that....Move Vincent and Carvin to back Bench, work with the COI recommendations, Put Mitch Labour but watch him closely with Eagle eyes. ..Though my first option is a UK short take over. I am willing to give this option a chance,. Best wishes.
  • @Switch up. Shareen Flax for Health.. (04/05/2022, 06:57) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    You really have tobclean up and switch up and according to reports putting both parties together u only have 5 clean hands..Yourself as Premier, Marlon as Deputy; Kyle at works. Decastro Education and Shareen in Health..I Truly believe Shareen will do good at health.. .The real way forward with confidence.
  • Rubber Duck (04/05/2022, 07:13) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    You seriously want us to support a government of Fahie supporters some of whom are the subject of criminal investigations themselves? How dumb do you think we are?
  • ... (04/05/2022, 07:15) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Investigate everything please, from judges to politician
    From police to customs!
  • Reparations pls (04/05/2022, 07:26) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    The quicker these white people go home out of our country the better. Speak about Reparations and hear what they say. Nuff said
  • stop the hate (04/05/2022, 08:02) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    Most of you who are wishing for UK to take over are not Virgin Islanders and hate them. Y'all will give anything to bring them down and speaking out of hate and jealousy. Your country was not being good to you and that is why you are here and yet you hate the people who you chose to live among. That says a lot about you.
  • Nah (04/05/2022, 08:53) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    Nah, we need the UK to takeover from incompetent individual. Why these idiots keep mentioning unity? You mean like how the BVI politicians was united in raping the country and the people for decades?

    The local governments do NOTHING for the country. The only clowns who want y’all to still rule is the ones who been making millions year by year from you crooked politicians. The majority of the population don’t even begin to see what these clowns do for the country. Down here need shaking up, I hope the Privy council make the wisest decision for the BVI, which is not to allow individuals who have never made laws to safeguard people living here from the very corruption that they engage in to continue to run this place.
  • Law and Order…. (04/05/2022, 15:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sa I never heard so much “Together and Unite” in my life like now. Some people might be concern but I know for sure that we have some people don’t want what is coming because they on interest. Look a scary movie!

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