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Corruption? ‘Contractors paid in full, without completion of Wall works’- Auditor General

-Hon Myron V. Walwyn holds press conference to bash Report and spin possible fall out!
October 10th, 2018 | Tags:
Corruption? ‘Contractors paid in full, without completion of Wall works.’ Photo: Team of Reporters
Controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (inset) said that the small wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School cost over a million dollars. He had previously denied that the project had reached a million dollars. Photo: VINO/File
Controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (inset) said that the small wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School cost over a million dollars. He had previously denied that the project had reached a million dollars. Photo: VINO/File
 In a bombshell Special Report, Auditor General of the Virgin Islands (VI) Ms Sonia M. Webster, has detailed, mismanagement of funds, un-vetted contractors and no value for money in a $1.6M wall built by Co-Leader of Government and Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
In a bombshell Special Report, Auditor General of the Virgin Islands (VI) Ms Sonia M. Webster, has detailed, mismanagement of funds, un-vetted contractors and no value for money in a $1.6M wall built by Co-Leader of Government and Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In a bombshell Special Report, Auditor General of the Virgin Islands (VI) Ms Sonia M. Webster, has detailed, mismanagement of funds, un-vetted contractors and no value for money in a $1.6M wall built by Co-Leader of Government and Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

To ward off the fall out and the seriousness of the Special Report, Hon Walwyn held a hastily arranged press conference on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, fearful of leaks of the Special Report, claiming he did nothing wrong and saying the Office of the Auditor General, does not have the resources to investigate his controversial  wall.

Investigation 

Former Governor, John S. Duncan OBE ordered an investigation into the huge cost of the small wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), a project that was under the domain of the Minister.

In her Special Report dated August 24, 2018, Ms Webster noted what the public has been saying for months, “the project manner of execution and its outcome underscore why procurement rules are required.” 

Ms Webster said in the report that Mr Walwyn’s ESHS wall project, “gives an appearance of an agency that sought to avoid the procurement requirements that have been established to secure value for money on government projects.”

Ms Webster noted that something was wrong with Hon Walwyn’s  “wide-scale use of work orders that are intended to be used for small one-of jobs” and his “use of un-vetted contractors and his exclusion of other government agencies,” was troubling.

The Special Report also stated that on the controversial ‘pet’ wall Project of Mr Walwyn his “failure to involve pertinent government agencies eliminated checks that may have identified over-costing on the bill of quantities.”

It noted that the Ministry’s “division of the project into multiple parts eliminated possible economies of scale and further escalated the cost to government.”

Did Hon Walwyn break the law?

In the report, Ms Webster also wrote that the “use of unlicensed contractors constitutes a breach of Trade License Regulations (by the individuals and by the Government).  It also may have facilitated breaches of the Inland Revenue and Social Security requirements.”

Another bomb shell from the $1.6 M wall was that “payments were made in full on contract segments that were incomplete.”

The Auditor General pointed to Hon Walwyn when she noted, “the subjective manner with which contractors were selected and assigned, introduces issues of inappropriate political influence in the procurement process.”

This would violate the Public Finance Management Regulations (PMFR), as the report stated, “no evidence was presented to show that this was open, impartial, on merit or in-keeping with PFMR.”

How will violations be addressed?

In her recommendations, Ms Webster noted that “individuals responsible for the over costing and loss of economy on this project should be made accountable.”  

She also recommended that “contractors who received full payment without completion of the works, should be required to complete or be held ineligible for further government work.”

In his press conference yesterday, Hon Walwyn went after the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) again, who told the House of Assembly (HoA), in 2016 that the cost of the ESHS Wall was $1.6M. 

The Minister claimed at his Tuesday press conference, it is not so and the wall was around $914,971. 

Mr Walwyn had already admitted that the wall was $1.6 M in the same HoA, but tried to spin the price tag down again blaming the media at times.

First of a series on the report of the Elmore Stoutt High School Wall

41 Responses to “Corruption? ‘Contractors paid in full, without completion of Wall works’- Auditor General ”

  • Barry (10/10/2018, 15:22) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    "You will hear"
    • You will definitely hear (10/10/2018, 19:44) Like (5) Dislike (19) Reply
      Why is this audit dubbed "Special Report" what makes it special?
      Let's hope that the AG is not playing politics. It is said she's a big VIP supporter. I don't support rumours so I will give the AG the benefit of the doubt.
      • @You will definitely hear (11/10/2018, 07:46) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
        All I am saying is, if it walks like a duck and quack like a duck, it is definitely DUCK ALAronge. I am not giving her s**t of the benefit of the doubt. This is no rumour, she is align with VIP.
    • thr rock (11/10/2018, 13:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      now lets see tge audit for the great wall in sea cows bay
    • the rock (12/10/2018, 02:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      i always say the dufference between NDP and VIP is vip waa a gangster party. NDP to soft., which party did more shit than the vip to which they were never targeted in this fashion. Keep your head up Hon. Walwin the mass got u still.
  • ... (10/10/2018, 15:33) Like (36) Dislike (20) Reply
    the thing start and this is the man that want to be Premier
  • rattie (10/10/2018, 15:38) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
    I smell a Rat....where is the governor, police and DPP?
  • Not2Sure (10/10/2018, 15:41) Like (27) Dislike (18) Reply
    and he wants to be Premier??? Ronnie I with you now
    • Hmmm (11/10/2018, 09:14) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ronnie sat back and allowed all this to happen and ain’t say a word. Thank God for Andrew Fahie!
  • he is not the answer for the BVI (10/10/2018, 15:49) Like (40) Dislike (3) Reply
    No Spin, no technicalities allowed. We discussing our moneys and our Tax Dollars, corruption and jail time
  • wize up (10/10/2018, 16:35) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    man being being escorted to Road Town Police Station and questioned for hours over a dime bag of marijuana(10.00): Almost 2 million and no lawful questioning: hear the joke(some people up in this place did in fact complete work for government and have hell collecting money): here it is documented full payment shell-out however the job not complete.......yu cud hear ting!!! Only in the BVI
    • NezRez (10/10/2018, 18:59) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, instead of arresting people for little weed, they could quadruple their money giving out tickets for speeding, unlicensed, unregistered, fighting, assaults etc. .They are just too lazy to go after them. Our home is going downhill fast because they won’t enforce the laws for serious things. We need 25 more Supa Cops.
  • Feel N Sad. (10/10/2018, 16:48) Like (44) Dislike (2) Reply
    I had a good look at that wall.. It really over cost..I would have completely finished that wall for half that price.. Myron those people are not your friends.. Friends make you look good.. They should have at lease complete the wall to avoid questions and suspicions.. U trustef people that screw you big time..You in Trouble. This wall plus the hate. Hmmmm.
  • Jaigon (10/10/2018, 16:59) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    To the best of my knowledge, former governor John Duncan ordered this audit. How come Myron moved with haste to release this report to the public, is it within his remit to release this report or was it the present governor who was supposed to release the report.
  • Eagle Eye (10/10/2018, 17:06) Like (41) Dislike (3) Reply
    At least we saw a 100 thousand dollar wall for a million.but where is our 7.2 million dollar planes?
  • Diaspora (10/10/2018, 17:09) Like (49) Dislike (3) Reply
    Clearly, the Hon Walwyn disagrees with the Auditor General’s fact finding report and is in full fledge damage control, throwing whoever is in the path under the bus, including the Dr. Hon Premier D. O. Smith. At one time he disputed then accepted the $1.6M cost; now, he is throwing cold water on $1.6M. What is the truth? Was a lie being told then and the truth now? Either way, it is a sordid affair. Further, the 70 contractors throw me for a loop, for not even major complex projects have 70 contractors. With 70 contractors, the taxpayers lose out on lower cost due to lack of economy of scale and scope.
  • Shameful (10/10/2018, 18:11) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is a big shame how low some people will stoop with taxpayers money for votes.
    And when they have power and authority they don't give a rat's behind about you and me.
    Shame.
  • Tax Payer (10/10/2018, 18:43) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is corruption at a high level you pick contractors that's going to kick back some of the money then you cover it up , the contractors got greasy and decided not to finish the wall. BVI government is taking advantage of the people Fed's here now a lot officials going prison Myron you could go hmp to your Lucian superintendent will make sure you get the best tratment
    • wize up (10/10/2018, 20:46) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ tax payer: maybe that’s why the leadership at HMP was altered: full sped to change all the laws associated with HMP: the word for the day...(embezzlement)...had this set of similar circumstance occurred within a private-frim head would rolled: this is what I call joke business: the people of this territory also needs a similar transcript as it relates to money matters at the ports including that pier park project..big question(what happens as we move forward)
  • True (10/10/2018, 21:22) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    $200,000.00 in materials to complete the full length and 10' high wall so $1.4million for labor ???
  • church (10/10/2018, 21:38) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    He can spin this all he wants, and lie all he wants and get with zan and lie all he wants we the people not going to have a premier with all this baggage
    • Shut the ...up (11/10/2018, 06:16) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
      Funny how you incert we the people, so you are the decision maker for everyone now?
  • BRAD BOYNES (10/10/2018, 21:48) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Things that make you go Hmm. !!@@##
  • What?? (10/10/2018, 23:51) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    ...70 licensed and unlicensed contractors built (1) one wall around a school? ‘70’
  • Really (11/10/2018, 00:08) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    So this is way he was pushing for Independence, no accountability.
    • watcher (11/10/2018, 06:05) Like (25) Dislike (4) Reply
      Dear Governor
      Please intervene before this man cheats or brainwashes more young people and he becomes premier
      He needs to be held accountable sooner rather than later
      If anyone should have known better than to get unlicensed contractors etc the Minister of Education/ Man in charge of Prisons/ Seasoned Businessman/ Lawyer should have known better
  • Concerned (11/10/2018, 01:49) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look him up!
  • wondering (11/10/2018, 06:02) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why are you all taking so long?? Lock his behind up !! America can’t do a thing with Trumpet and look like you all in same situation room with this madman! Youth for W wake up ! He is not for you
    He show what he think of kids by building a damn wall around your institution of learning and the puppets st the ministry acting like moo moos just like him
  • I am going to say it (11/10/2018, 06:22) Like (7) Dislike (43) Reply
    Watch that AG. She is in bed with the VIP who is trying to bring down Myron.Who know knows. Watch her.
    • facts (11/10/2018, 09:20) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Say what you like whatever AG is there wouldn’t change these facts:

      1. He give contracts to persons without valid trade licenses or any proper qualification to carry out the project

      2. Persons were paid before completing work.

      3. 70 contractors were unnecessary for such a small project

      4. All this was done just before the last election

      Change the AG if you like but those changes and breaches will never change.
      • wize up (11/10/2018, 14:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ facts: it is also my personal opinion(I have this right) no matter who you put back there the same things will happen: some of us failing to realize the mismanagement of tax money is nothing new: the laws relating to the conduct of those we vote in to government have to be implimented or new laws created to bell them cats: my goodness can you imagine if this place went independent; because those we elected acting like a law unto themselves while under the rulership of the UK ( keep the faith)
  • @VIP (11/10/2018, 06:40) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    Your fingerprint is all over this. Okayyy, so now it is time to start going into the hidden safety deposit box and start pulling out the hidden juice. Ha,Ha. Just remember, someone is always watching and listening. There is dirt on all the players who is involve in bringing Myron down.
    • Well Well (11/10/2018, 14:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are no better than who you have dirt on. When people do wrong it should be exposed when the wrong is done not held in a safety deposit box. This is telling me you are a crook.
  • Jacperlance (11/10/2018, 07:25) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    Listening to this gruesome man in his press conference, it will appear to me that he is now dictating to the Auditor General how to do her work. As someone said, he can spin it all he wants, all we see here is corruption. I guess the Auditor report hurt his two seed so he jump ahead with he loud mouth trying to cast a dark cloud on the report. That walk was an election gimmick so he did not really care how the money was spent. Something got to hold his ass. A criminal investigation is warranted here Mr. Governor.
  • Beck (11/10/2018, 08:53) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    This minister thinks he is above the law. Wonder how he returned to these islands as a grown man. Ask him about the culture he does not know. That is why he is trying to formulate his own. The sad part is locals who know better follows what he does instead of helping him to what is real. He must tone down his behavior in the house. Virginislanders do not behave that way. Listen to House of Assembly and you will see all who shout in such manner.
  • £££££££ (11/10/2018, 10:02) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    All of you who is up on this panel talking S**t is just as guilty as the man you are KeKeing about. Trust me, I got dirt on all of you. Don't act the fool when copies and receipts start showing up around town. Myron goes down, a whole lot of you is going down. Keep testing the waters, when your dirt comes out, most of you will not be qualified to sell boiled eggs on the corner. You can't expect to bring someone down when your closet is unclean. Keep testing the waters.As I type, I am looking at all the receipts. $$$$$$$$ gives you access to any info you need.
  • Survey, USA (11/10/2018, 12:52) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Any given day you ask anyone what part of the Caribbean have the most ignorant, unfair people and the answer is Tortola. From the way things is looking, they don't want a certain person to be leader of the Country because of birth rights. Keep on showing your ignorance Tortola. No one on the outside takes you serious. Keep on bringing the laughs.
  • @Survey,USA (11/10/2018, 19:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop trying to change the subject. What does birthrights have to do with this article?
  • ReX FeRal (11/10/2018, 22:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Survey USA. Your darn ignorance is Bliss. Bring it.


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