“I think it’s unreasonable to have individuals hold a party and a Territory hostage, particularly at this time,” recently appointed Leader of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Hon. Myron Walwyn announced this week following resignations from at least three members of the Party.
In was disclosed that in a letter dated 13 November founding member and Treasurer of the NDP, Hon. Archibald Christian tendered his resignation from the Party. Hon. Christian who was appointed Treasurer in June this year did not provide any details relating to his decision.
In similar manner NDP Vice President Dr. Michael Turnbull tendered his resignation with immediate effect this week. Dr. Turnbull reportedly said in his resignation: “Over the last several months I have had the pleasure of being a part of an amazing group of young people that crafted significant movements with the beloved National Democratic Party, this movement was symbolized by ideals that I still value and believe are deep within the foundation, however at this juncture for reasons that I reserve to dispel, I hereby tender my resignation as Vice President with a heavy heart.”
Last week Shaina Smith who was at the time Chairperson of the NDP Women’s Association resigned. However, While Hon. Christian and Turnbull were vague about their reasons for leaving Smith was more detailed . In a social media stated titled “Know Where You Stand,” written on 10 November she gave an explanation.
Smith said, “In 2015 I joined the National Democratic Party as a candidate with hope to see real change where integrity and transparency would take precedence. I understand no organization is perfect, and I decided to be the change I wanted to see there and worked with a youth caucus for a year to improve on the structure and strategies of the team as the country faced some serious challenges before and after the 2017 hurricanes.”
“There is a time and season for everything. There is a time to stay and a time to go and every individual must know when it is time to let go of the former and move courageously into the new. The decision to join a new organization was not done lightly but my loyalty is to God, family and country before an organization that I cannot honestly support its ideas and decisions that in my opinion are negatively impacting the legacy given to us by the men and women of character who stood for our political advancement over 60 years ago. So, my decision is simple, and as Barack Obama surmised it, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek,” Smith stated.
Progress Continues NDP Leader Says
In comments relating to the resignations Hon. Walwyn said that since elected leader of the NDP he has offered opportunities for open conversation on how we can collectively move forward. However, he said that it was unfair for some to stall the progress.
Although some of the resigning members did not disclose their reasons Hon. Walwyn said that the reasons for leaving are known. “While I am grateful for the service that those individuals provided to the party and to our Territory, I think it is time we all move on with the business of really rebuilding our Territory. Those persons who have left the party know the true reason why they have done so and many members of the public are also well aware. I wish them all the best in their new venture.”
The Party Leader also said that the move is not going to affect the plans of the Party: “We now have a more united National Democratic Party to go about doing the work that is required to truly rebuild the Virgin Islands. I have had many Virgin Islanders reach out to me, wanting to be more involved and I look forward to welcoming more citizens to participate in the political process and ensuring that the NDP is truly a representation of what and who we are as Virgin Islanders.”