Carnel Clyne has resigned as the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee.
Culture Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley said he received Clyne’s resignation ‘not too long ago’, which he (Wheatley) accepted “reluctantly”.
“Mr Clyne made mention of unforeseen personal responsibilities which will impact his performance as Chairman. He felt that under those circumstances, he would have been challenged to devote the level of attention that the Committee would require and deserve,” Dr Wheatley explained in the House of Assembly on Thursday, June 11.
The minister then proceeded to condemn Virgin Islanders who he said have been tarnishing the character of others and ‘tearing them down’.
Dr Wheatley did not explain what he meant. He, however, said some of these detractors are members of Clyne’s community.
He added: “Some of these persons are Carnel Clyne’s family … The bible tells us, ‘he who is without sin cast the first stone’. I pray as Virgin Islanders we stop throwing stones at each other.”
The minister further suggested that the attacks he mentioned seem to be politically motivated and accused Opposition legislators who were part of the former NDP government of engaging in a “witch hunt”.
Clyne served well
In the meantime, Dr Wheatley praised Clyne’s performance during his one-year stint as Committee chairman. He applauded the Clyne for preparing the required annual report of last year’s festivities — the first the be done in three years.
He further said that Clyne’s leadership also saw better money management than the leadership that was in place during the NDP regime.
“Under Carnel Clyne’s leadership, we have cleared all outstanding bills from as far back as 2017. This is the first time in many years that we are going into the festival season without any bills hanging over our head,” Dr Wheatley added.
In the meantime, Dr Wheatley said co-Chair of the Festival & Fairs Committee Khalid Frett will assume responsibilities as Acting Chair until Cabinet approves and appoints a replacement for Clyne.
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