By Caribbean News Now contributor
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) Senator Carlisle Powell suggested to a town hall meeting on Tuesday night that Deputy Premier Mark Brantley was “feeling the heat” following an article published by Caribbean News Now
concerning a dispute over Radio Paradise, a Christian radio station on Nevis.
NRP Senator in the Nevis Island Assembly, Carlisle Powell
“You did not know that he made an offer to buy Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) studio in Nevis but I will tell you the facts. I will do more than tell you, I will read the email that was sent to TBN because just this morning, Deputy Premier Mark Brantley put out a video on YouTube of me (Carlisle Powell) expressing myself about TBN not paying taxes to the government,” Powell said.
Powell went on to read the email to TBN from Mark Brantley to the audience, where Brantley offered to lease or purchase the radio studio outright. He also read TBN’s response, which included a refusal to lease or sell, and the notification that Andre Guilbert, a former employee has been fired from TBN but has been masquerading as a present employee of TBN.
The article explained how Guilbert had held on to the keys for the TBN building, the use of the broadcast tower and other facilities connected to the TBN studio.
Powell offered that Brantley was trying to distract attention from him.
“When [Pastor] Rick Wiles and a TBN team came to Nevis some months ago, they called me, Carlisle Powell, and I met Rick Wiles and the team on the Charlestown pier and I took them to the police station. The TBN team and Wiles then went and changed the locks on the building.
“Do you know who purchased the locks for the studio…Carlisle Powell. I purchased them via an account, and I received my money from TBN a few weeks later to pay the store (Chiverton’s) for the locks,” stated Powell.
Powell claimed that the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) government is hiding behind the falsehood that they want to have the Nevis Government Information Service (GIS) studio at the TBN station but the real reason was to have a CCM television station. The people of TBN in California were aware of the political motives of Brantley and CCM, he said.