Premier and Minister for Finance has called on residents in need to simply ask instead of engaging in criminal activities.
The Premier’s statements were made yesterday, during the House of Assembly in light of the recent robbery-homicide in Paraquita Bay, Tortola.
“There is no excuse for engaging in criminal behaviour, there is no justification for taking up arms to prey on fellow members of the community. There is no justification for hurting any other human being or, worse yet, taking their life. If you need food for your family, there are a number of non-governmental organizations and churches that help the needy; all you have to do is ask," the Premier stated.
He added, “Ours is a society of BVI love, and members of our society frequently donate foodstuff and other necessities to these organizations. In the BVI, we help one another when persons are in need. In the BVI, we have prided ourselves to being a society of peace and goodwill towards our fellow men and women and persons who willfully and maliciously breach the rules, values and principles of our society, persons who willfully and maliciously endanger the welfare and safety of the wider community and persons who would live among us and prey on us like wolves in sheep clothing, breach this covenant. They are not deserving of our trust and our protection.”
He then stated that his administration “condemns in the strongest way possible the lazy, cowardly and despicable actions of a hand full of people who refuse to live in BVI love and who do not care about the hurt they cause to people or the injury they cause to our territory’s good name as they betray every good thing that we in the Virgin Islands people stand for in their selfish pursuit of materialism.”
He then urged every local and ex-pat to unite to fight “this evil that is creeping into our society.”
“We need as parents, teachers, churches, civic organizations, leaders to reinforce it in all our people’s minds, especially our young people, that this is not the way, that this is not the BVI way. If you see something, if you know something, say something,” he urged.