Fri 21st Dec 2018
The super-rich, white migrants are illegally occupying Mustique. They do not have a proper deed of ownership of Mustique as it is based on falsehood.
The original sale of Mustique is highly dubious. Apparently, some bloke died and left it in his will to his family. His family then sold it to Colin Tennant, who then sold it to Tennant Estates. Tennant Estates then sold it to the Mustique Company. There was no deed of sale to say the bloke who died actually owned Mustique in the first place.
The Mustique Act No. 48 of 2002 tries to legitimise this original sale by saying ‘the company owns all parts of Mustique not owned by another legal entity’. If the original deed of sale was authentic, why would the Act need to say this?
There were a number of indigenous Vincentian families living in Mustique when it was originally ‘sold’ who have a more legitimate claim to ownership of land in Mustique. They have been pushed aside.
The Mustique Act No 48 of 2002 gives tax and customs duty exemptions worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the super-rich, white migrants of Mustique. These white migrants live a life of paradise while many Vincentians live in poverty and have to pay high taxes.
The super-rich, white migrants say they are good for SVG, because they hand out money via their charity. This logic is a gross insult to the intelligence of Vincentian people. The super-rich, white migrants of Mustique should pay their hundreds of millions in tax, not hand out peanuts to the poor as if they are some god-like saviour of the people.
Let’s get one thing clear, these super-rich, white migrants in Mustique are dirty parasites. They have their own best interests at heart. For decades they have made black Vincentians suffer by withholding hundreds of millions in tax. They are no friend of our people and these foreigners must be deported.
While many black Vincentian children go hungry this Christmas, it will be black Vincentians’ taxes subsidising the food and champagne in the Mustique white migrants’ Christmas dinner. We subsidise all their meals and our children go without.
What kind of people are they?
There is a tiny area on Mustique known as Lovell Village, the home of indigenous Vincentians living in Mustique. They cannot rent their home or part of their home to tourists to earn a dollar. Also, the indigenous people must seek permission from the white migrants of Mustique to bring visitors to Mustique. The rules are straight out of the days of apartheid South Africa.
The Mustique Act No. 48 of 2002 is ungodly and wrong. It grants the super-rich of Mustique special rights and privileges, over and above the rights granted to ordinary Vincentians. The Act is in breach of the SVG 1979 Constitution, under which, all Vincentians have equal rights.
Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA believes that, just as the apartheid system was overthrown in South Africa, so must we destroy the economic apartheid system in SVG. This is essential for our country to move forward and for Vincentians to become prosperous.
A Green government would abolish the Mustique Act No. 48 of 2002 and deport these parasitic, greedy, self-indulgent foreigners. It is wrong that the indigenous black population of SVG subsidises the meals of the super-rich, white migrants in Mustique.