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Former VIP gov’t legislators welcome their new responsibilities

Sharie de Castro

Former Virgin Islands Party (VIP) legislators given new portfolios under the National Unity Government said they are unfazed by the added responsibilities and they will endeavour to do their best to help transform the territory.

Speaking to BVI News at Government House recently, the new Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs & Sports, Sharie de Castro, said, as a former educator, she is looking forward to bringing her experience and energy to the table to help transform the portfolio.

She added that there are some experienced people in the ministry, and she is looking forward to meeting with them and charting a way forward as a unity government in terms of how to enhance education for the future of the Virgin Islands.

“I believe it will be a challenge, but I am up for it. I believe through the available orientation processes and just the assistance and the expertise in the ministry, I’ll be able to transition smoothly and of course, I have the confidence of the Premier [Dr. Natalio Wheatley] who was in the portfolio, and I know he will be at my aid once called upon,” de Castro said.

In relation to culture, she said she will carry on Dr Wheatley’s initiative and hope that the future generation can fully understand and characterise Virgin Islands’ culture.

“I look forward to doing my best in the sports portfolio and pulling the Honourable Neville Smith who has expertise in the area to assist me as well,” de Castro said regarding her sporting responsibilities.

Meanwhile, the new Junior Minister for Agriculture & Fisheries as well as Trade, Commerce & Economic Development, Shereen Flax-Charles, said despite the new responsibilities, she is a hard worker. She further said she will be working closely with the Premier and other ministers to ensure she does what is needed for the territory.

“First of all, we must assess the situation, we sit down first with the relevant persons and see what needs to be done. There will be reform throughout the entire public service and any statutory bodies that we have on board,” Flax-Charles said.

“So, that is one of the first steps while maintaining a good relationship with the farmers and fisheries and I can say that I have a great relationship with a lot of the farmers and fishers. For instance, I am a founding member of the Virgin Gorda Fishermen’s co-operative,” the Junior Minister added.

She noted she is not entering into the portfolio blindly as she understands the challenges and therefore, as Junior Minister, she would like to build on what is good and change what needs to be changed.

Meanwhile, the new Deputy Premier Kye Rymer said he is here to support Premier Wheatley and the government. He admits times are tough at the moment, but his government has set forward a plan on how the Commission of Inquiry recommendations can be implemented while preserving the democratic integrity of the territory and also practising good governance.

Rymer who is still the Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities said maintaining that portfolio and the Deputy Premier’s Office is all about finding balance.

“I had the opportunity in 2019 to act as Deputy Premier and I found a balance at that time, and I will continue to do the best I can in this capacity and any capacity that is given to me for the betterment of this territory,” Rymer added.


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  1. Lil *** says:

    Girl please, you’re just telling the people what they want to hear. I am very curious …

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  2. heckler says:

    All of a sudden power gone to her head for she was quiet like a church mouse for the past 3 years

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    • The Fact says:

      You all sound jealous of her. She dont sound like power gone to her head when she humbly saying who she will call on for help.

      • @The Fact says:

        You all so sickening with this jealous and hating BS! What is there to be jealous of????????????? Please enlighten us!

  3. Well well says:

    Another dead. Poor education ministry.

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  4. Somebody says:

    Please tell this u*** girl go have a seat. No one wants to hear from her. She had her time but remained silent when we needed her.

    Do the public a favour and resign today.

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  5. PRETENDER says:


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  6. Down2earth says:

    The findings of the COI were abundantly clear. Therefore, because the members of the unity government were a part of the previous government they all should resign. Why? It all happened under their watch. They cannot take credit for things that appear good and divorce themselves from the bad ( especially when no objections were made).

    Ask yourself ‘Do I want them to remain in power when they were complicit /actively participated in the corruption process? Do I trust them to do what is right, just, good?

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    • @Down2earth says:

      Partnwe done got hooked on power, priviledge and good living. Doesnot want to give it up, so he advocates for no elections for 4-8 years from today.

      4-8 years from today? The man done turn despot.

  7. AskingForAFriend! says:

    Will you please look at the useless CEO? Time for her to go and the new broom could sweep clean.

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  8. Curroption says:

    We need a changes in these two parties they all must go. Let’s try the uk for a period of time and see what good they will do for we the honest civilian of this territory.

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  9. VIP complicit says:

    in the rise of Fahie, and the destruction of the BVI reputation. They have some serious questions to ask themselves about their elevation of this delinquent crook to the Premiership. We need elections, not a rehash of the same old faces.

  10. 1st District says:

    Please, you sat there for 3 years afraid to speak and stand up to Andrew Alturo Fahie. You all a bunch of jokers, that’s why the country in a mess.

  11. Mickey says:

    i just got to laugh at all the comments lol ha ha ha

  12. Licker and Sticker says:

    These were lackies to Andrew for the last 3 yrs or so and now they want to act like independent and strong. Nah, I can’t support these ppl, including this one.

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