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CARICOM blasts UK, Ex-Gov Jaspert over secretive CoI launch

-Flags lack of consultation, no prior communication between UK & VI as concerning
The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) has broken its silence over the secretive nature of the Virgin Islands (VI) Commission of Inquiry (CoI) as established by the former Governor, Augustus J.U. Jasper in collaboration with the British Government days before he demitted office. Photo: Internet Source
At a 12:00 pm press conference held on January 22, 2021, in the ‘Tortola Room’ of the Arbitration Centre, Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, brought forward no evidence of the allegations, however, said that the evidence was based on reports from the 'community' and several others. Right is CoI Commissioner Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom. Photo: VINO
At a 12:00 pm press conference held on January 22, 2021, in the ‘Tortola Room’ of the Arbitration Centre, Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, brought forward no evidence of the allegations, however, said that the evidence was based on reports from the 'community' and several others. Right is CoI Commissioner Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom. Photo: VINO
Premier Andrew A. Fahie on January 19, 2021, informed that while his administration had no objection to a transparent CoI, he said Ex-Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert had always told local Cabinet Members, that due process must be followed ahead of any inquiry. Photo: GIS/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie on January 19, 2021, informed that while his administration had no objection to a transparent CoI, he said Ex-Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert had always told local Cabinet Members, that due process must be followed ahead of any inquiry. Photo: GIS/File
VI Auditor General, Ms Sonia M. Webster, when asked on January 20, 2021, whether she furnished the Office of the Governor with any recent report to facilitate his CoI, said her office had not done so. Photo: GIS/File
VI Auditor General, Ms Sonia M. Webster, when asked on January 20, 2021, whether she furnished the Office of the Governor with any recent report to facilitate his CoI, said her office had not done so. Photo: GIS/File
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) has broken its silence over the secretive nature of the Virgin Islands (VI) Commission of Inquiry (CoI) as established by the former controversial Governor, Augustus J.U. Jasper in collaboration with the British Government days before he demitted office.

Announced on January 18, 2021, the inquiry was called over unfounded allegations of corruption and discrimination in the VI public service, with the embattled ex-governor having no consultations with the duly elected local government ahead of the decision.

At a noon press conference on January 22, 2021, in the ‘Tortola Room’ of the Arbitration Centre in Wickham’s Cay II, Mr Jaspert brought forward no evidence of the allegations, however, said it was based on reports from the 'community' and several others.  

CARICOM breaks silence

CARICOM in a statement today, February 26, 2021, has since broken its silence and said they were in receipt of a letter from Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) which apprised of the manner in which the announcement of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) was made.

“Heads of Government are cognizant of the disquiet that has arisen among the people of the British Virgin Islands about the establishment of the COI,” the statement noted.

“Further, the Heads of Government are dismayed at the manner in which the CoI was established with no consultation, or prior communication, between the UK government and the duly-elected government of the British Virgin Islands,” CARICOM said.

Associate members share VI’s concerns – CARICOM

The regional organisation further revealed that the strongly expressed concerns of the Fahie Government are also concerns shared by other Associate Members of the Community.

The statement, however, did not say how CARICOM intends to move forward with those concerns as a regional organisation given that the VI is currently an Associate Member.

Meanwhile,  Premier Fahie on January 19, 2021, informed that while his administration had no objection to a transparent CoI, he said Ex-Governor Jaspert had always told local Cabinet Members, that due process must be followed ahead of any inquiry.

He said the ex-Governor advised “that before a Commission of Inquiry can be convened, that to ensure due process, all Government institutions established to ensure accountability, transparency and Good Governance must be allowed to function and produce their reports,” however, the controversial Mr Jaspert may not have followed his recommendations.

No recent reports were sent to Governor's office – AG Webster 

VI Auditor General, Ms Sonia M. Webster, when asked on January 20, 2021, whether she furnished the Office of the Governor with any recent report to facilitate his CoI, said her office had not done so. 

Ex-Governor Jaspert at his January 22, 2021, press conference in the ‘Tortola Room’ also could not say whether he received written reports from any Government institutions to warrant the CoI.

The former controversial Governor also angered sections of the VI over what many deemed as insensitive and even racist statements, when he advocated for the preservation of names and local landmarks in honour of perpetrators of slavery who slaughtered, raped and killed the ancestors of Virgin Islanders.

 

 

 

 

 

40 Responses to “CARICOM blasts UK, Ex-Gov Jaspert over secretive CoI launch”

  • jack (26/02/2021, 23:18) Like (15) Dislike (29) Reply
    UK in the heat, finally somebody stands up for the small country.
    • More problems (27/02/2021, 08:05) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      They need to clean their own country up and sought their own country problems out ,,, Because they have alot, thank God they are independent and have no one to answer to.
    • GG (27/02/2021, 15:03) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      The same people we calling down islanders or island people is coming to our rescue again.

      CSC can do nothing only fuel the fire.
      BVI don’t even want to be part of Caricom if I remember well but now they have to put in word for us again
      Let the Brits come take this place man.
      This Government wasting too much money on nonsense.
      You mean to say you paying a slow Badge $360 k a month to say they protecting the borders, and all this Drugs and guns plus elligals coming in.
      We also waiting to see who will get the job to pay VG airport, after the Canadian Company charge less than the Local. Big big big city back going on in the Government, tell them C.....do J......s say so. The Brits need to come.
    • D7 (27/02/2021, 16:39) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
      CARICOM need to blast the British Virgin Islands over the way their members " Island people " are being treated here.
      • Free Soul (27/02/2021, 17:13) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        We are an associate member for a reason on several levels you would not comprehend! Now imagine we were a FULL member, we would be overrun more than we currently are! Sheeeesh!! Ya'll just for the US $$$$$$$$$$$$$
    • Yes (28/02/2021, 16:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes agreed, Somebody from down islands standing up for the small country.
  • Greg (26/02/2021, 23:23) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    OK, and you all act surprised and didn't know Jaspert wasn't sent here, like all of the other governors, to destroy the BVI reputation, so they could make a clean sweep to get rid of all our higher ups, and sweep down with their chosen ones from the UK? I kept saying eyes wide shut, seeing this unfold. The UK does not need our permission to do their dirt, since they own our overseas territories and can do what they want to us, but they wanted to make us look incompetent so they can say...see there. We should have gone for our independence while we had the chance. Now our higher ups all ran to take their poison on the arm, so when you are all gone...GAME OVER! Easy takeover with no one to fight them. Nay sayers will now pounce down on me for saying this, just watch. I'm waiting.
  • Gus and Uk (26/02/2021, 23:57) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    Set of racist oppressors they are
  • racist (27/02/2021, 05:21) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    Gus the Racist needs to be held to account. His office needs investigating too.
  • Hmm (27/02/2021, 06:44) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Bvi is an affiliate member of caricom so how come some member countries of caricom still have to get Visa to go to the BVI?
  • Blackhawk (27/02/2021, 06:47) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Now you love down-island people! smh
  • Car. uk. Come (27/02/2021, 06:48) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes bullying most stop badness outta style
  • Yes (27/02/2021, 06:51) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    Expose them to the world international media of there wicked colonialism john crow ways. Thos 2021 not 1921 and earlier
  • Love for My Country (27/02/2021, 06:53) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    We should stop putting blame on other persons for the mess we have found ourselves in. Remember it the same Premier while he was Leader of the Opposition who was running to the same UK representative - the Governor, when the NDP was in power, calling for Commission of Inquiry an saying that the then Government was corrupt. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, we are crying foul! What nonsense! We have seen and heard of all kind of mismanagement of the public funds recently.
  • Jill (27/02/2021, 07:29) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really? Give all govt. departments advanced notice that they are about to be investigated? What would be the point of the inquiry if they could shred, hide and amend any, err, ... errors?
    All you still pushing your line that “many took his comments to be racist”. But you missed the next sentence which should read: “because CSC and friends told people it was, even when it was not”.
    Anyway, glad to see you all running scared.
  • It’s about time!!! (27/02/2021, 07:31) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    It’s about time somebody speak out for us.
    Some of our BVI people running going talking to the governor like he care anything about us or the BVI.
    They’re all about divide, split up and conquer. That’s what those people mentality is all about.
    And then they sit back, get in their little groups and laugh and talk about us.
    It’s sad how even in 2021 we can’t see that, but we quick to call down our brothers and sisters from the other Caribbean Islands.
  • ok (27/02/2021, 07:50) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    pure talk, can little caricom disrupt the plans of Great Britain
  • Savage (27/02/2021, 08:10) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    What good is an inquiry if you let everyone know you are inquiring , you dont give people time to clean shop when you want the dirt. People need to stop being so b****y about things in life especially when it comes to governments worldwide. Corruption is a disease far greater than any thing we want to come into contact with.
  • Rubber Duck (27/02/2021, 08:39) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    The more they protest, the more guilty they sound.
  • chosen (27/02/2021, 08:48) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yes and you know why because the other islands is not like some of the bvi islandés always looking down and telling the exparts to get out of the BVI.
  • Dancing in the sunshine (27/02/2021, 08:53) Like (2) Dislike (20) Reply
    This is the time for Caribbean Nations to show solidarity with their neighbors and resist the aggression of the Colonial Powers. The Independent countries themselves underwent similar treatment. Not only was the Governor of the Virgin Islands disrespectful to the territory's Premier, he has no respect for the Caribbean leaders. We are no longer sub-judicating to any Colonial Masters. Whether, British, French or Spanish. Massa Days are over.

    We must be bold and resist any form of foreign domination. They came over the centuries as helping to develop the Caribbean and exploited all the economies for the enrichment themselves. Those countries that depend on the foreign assistance must learn to practice self reliance. The development may take a longer period, however, the work of development will be accomplished. I must commend the Premier of the Virgin Islands for not accepting the loan guarantee from the British Government, because the conditions for accepting the loan is e recipe for riot.
    • Enough of this whining (27/02/2021, 12:07) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      After almost 50 years CARICOM still talking and issuing toothless statements, and not doing anything productive. It is clear they have not investigated this matter of the BVI COI. The fact is, the BVI is corrupt.

      CARICOM has 18.5 million people over a vast geography of land and sea, while small landlocked Switzerland has 8.5 million. What is the difference in productivity and prosperity? When you consider how CARICOM people behave (BVI included) you will see the answer.
    • Hmmmm (27/02/2021, 19:36) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Go sit dung!
  • musa (27/02/2021, 08:58) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bvi need that clean up let start with income tax department


  • lol (27/02/2021, 09:00) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where is the blast??? Lol
  • 007 (27/02/2021, 09:08) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like the UK would care what Caricom says.
  • not alone (27/02/2021, 09:21) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    I told them over and over, not to take on these fights alone. The OTs have to get together and always ready to move on these issues. What affects one affects all!
  • wd (27/02/2021, 09:22) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Andrew A. Fahie, Did this to himself CARICOM you have your own problems so why don't you stay out of the BVI business.
    You don't know what you are talking about, the people of the BVI have suffered under both governments, and for you crooks in CARICOM no time would have been the right time
    • ReX FeRal (27/02/2021, 19:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Remember when one official in Caricom said one from ten leaves zero in regards to federation.? Hmm
  • heat (27/02/2021, 09:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what is this curfew about again
  • mah (27/02/2021, 09:45) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    @jack, What makes you think that the UK is in the heat, CARICOM can say what they want it's not going to change anything.
  • I will say this (27/02/2021, 11:07) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    GUYANA NEEDS TO MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS. THEY ARE NO BETTER. THEY ARE INFESTED WITH CRIME, CORRUPTION AND VICTIMIZATION AGAINST THEIR PEOPLE ALSO. THE DIRTY COOK POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK.

  • rattie (27/02/2021, 11:13) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hope ramkin is not a racist
  • Stick it (27/02/2021, 11:36) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    We need unity. It is clear racist agendas exist today to the detriment of black people.

    If the U.K. was genuine then fine. they are not. They started this and don’t want to fix their mess. What they want is control as if they are superior.

    Preserving the names of slave masters unquestionably, is a horribly racist position.

    They have no dominion over my race anymore if they did the pretense will stop. You can never say that to my face. I have no respect for people that ran slaves and now want to deny the effects of slavery and deny that colonialism it still exist while owning colonies.

    What has the U.K. done to earn our respect? They undermine every good gesture with trickery, and subtly racist decisions. In our time of weakness they move to entangle us economically.

    In our time of weakness they want to increase control not give assistance according to our needs.

    Prove me wrong.
  • ok (27/02/2021, 13:50) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who feels it here in the BVI knows it. Guyana mind your business, yea there are corruption in BVI
  • @Andrew did this (27/02/2021, 14:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmmmm it the same people like us from hence fort the days of them time there divide us in stages ...for all I see is more figth between the house slave mentality of ones and those that have a more broader understanding of things inspite it all ....Britain dont need to strong to defeat us in any way we are good at that .......to ur self... watch the divion 60 % to 40% workforce minority to wealthy and so fort....we been conquered a long time ago .....it was always dog eat dog and so shall it be until we back is braces against that wall equally
  • CARICOM (27/02/2021, 14:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Love ur opinion..sorry u got all these negative responses from these house slave mentality ones of ours I apologize on there behalf..but hope u understand wat it like taking a baby /suckling off it mother's breast ..your honorable kunta kinti
  • hut (27/02/2021, 20:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    300 school girls turned sex slaves in Nigeria again
  • from buckingham palace (28/02/2021, 08:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ALL THE CARRICOM COUNTRIES ARE CORRUPT.you will never hear about a COI in those countries of CARRICOM.
  • Interested (02/03/2021, 07:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Caricom shoul be made aware that the majority of BVIslanders welcome the COI


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