Describing it as one of the most significant issues plaguing the 2019 election season, Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) candidate for the Ninth District Jose de Castro says political victimisation has badly infected the constituency.
“Victimization is especially real here in Virgin Gorda. If you wear a shirt, if you come to a rally, if you shake my hand, you are afraid of your business not being patronised. You are afraid of your family and friends not talking to you, you are afraid that people will talk about you if you wear a certain colour,” de Castro said.
He further condemned political victimisation and said such practices must not be made to roll over into the next general elections which are constitutionally due four years from now.
The political newcomer said one way to put an end to victimisation is through the implementation of the much-talked-about whistleblower legislation.
He said: “We need whistleblower legislation for our civil servants. That is one of the tools we are going to use to stamp out victimisation.”
“Civil servants, you need to be able to say something if you see something. Anything you see getting done, like a wall being built for too much money, you need to be able to say something and not lose your job or not have a fear of losing your job,” he said.
This particular legislation was promised under a National Democratic Party administration of which PVIM leader Ronnie Skelton was a senior member as recent as late 2018.