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Fahie & Vanterpool clash over “unanswered” questions on CDB loan

- Fahie asks for list of projects under loan, Vanterpool says negotiations still ongoing
1st District Representative Hon. Andrew Fahie from the Opposition bench claims not having the questions answered on the CDB loan as a "questionable procedure" by Minister of Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following a more than 15 minute back and forth regarding the list of projects that will be executed under the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) $15.7 million loan, 1st District Representative Hon. Andrew Fahie still did not seem to get the answer he was looking for and described the lack of information he was seeking as a “questionable procedure”.

Fahie, who asked the questions this morning on July 24, 2012 during the House of Assembly sitting on behalf of Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA, asked Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool, to tell the House which projects were approved by the CDB and the House for execution under the loan for infrastructural rehabilitation; the cost of each project; and the schedule for the execution of those projects.

In his response, Hon. Vanterpool said he would prefer to submit the list rather than to read it through, but according to Fahie who quoted from the relevant Standing Order, unless there are legal implications the information should not be withheld and it should be answered in totality.

Vanterpool said there are ongoing discussions with CDB and he does not think he should disclose information to the public until that is completed.

However, Fahie retorted that the loan was already approved by the House and asked whether changes were being made to the loan, citing that his question was straight forward.

The Works Minister maintained that the Government has a right to continue negotiations with the CDB, in terms of priorities and how it should be handled and at the appropriate time they will be pleased to report to the House on the subject.

This did not go down well with the First District representative, who further enquired that if the loan was already approved, what it was approved to do must have been clearly articulated in order to receive the loan.

On that note, Vanterpool said there can be a request to change the use of the loan by the party involved and the government can make such a request.

Again, Hon. Fahie stated that the information about the loan is not in contrast to the public’s interest since the projects were already approved by the House and if they were going to be changed it will have to be changed by the House. He said for that to happen, Hon. Vanterpool will have to tell the House the plans of changing the areas the loan was approved for and come back to the House for approval.

Minister Vanterpool said he agreed and respected what Fahie had said, and stated that if it has to be approved in the House it will be done.

“That’s a very very questionable procedure for a matter that this house dealt with,”Fahie responded.

Following questions by Fahie, he was also told that Dr. Drexel Glasgow was the Project Coordinator who was preparing a schedule in conjunction with the CDB team.

Vanterpool said as Minister responsible he and the Project Coordinator identified some of the projects and they will schedule and execute those.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House Ingrid Scatliffe- Moses told Hon. Fahie that he will be provided with the list of projects for the loan that was approved by the House.

11 Responses to “Fahie & Vanterpool clash over “unanswered” questions on CDB loan”

  • pope (24/07/2012, 16:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie we wid you mark out of order
  • ooooo (24/07/2012, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i wonder why he refused to answer?
    • hmm (24/07/2012, 21:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      hmm what a thing to tell the king. Mark needed to answer what the hell he was ask and stop beating around the bush. They forget this is our money he asking about and not his. If a loan was approved for something it should be spent for that purpose, it seems the loan was approved as a mirage just to get this dam money and now to here they might spend it on something else without us knowing and not coming back to the House. Hmmmm this is pure bull s..t in the making!
    • ------------------------ (24/07/2012, 23:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      we done know Mark full of tricks what legal implications?
  • bed time stories (24/07/2012, 19:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    job well done Fahie you made Mr. Mark look like he is a just
  • UK student (24/07/2012, 19:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    HELLO!! NDP hiding something they remind me of the Republican party in the US!!!
    • DarkVader (25/07/2012, 07:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fahie out of place. He had the list of projects just like all the other legislators. Why he aint read out the list and all the millions they had allocted to jobs that cost just thousands? The present government right if they change some of those jobs. They are not in power now to get those massive kick back so they vex..Fahie them think they smarter than anyone else..Mark is their match...Just like how Frazer refuse to answer Myron, I agree with Mark not to answer Fahie...They like play politics..well, may the best man win..think NDP elected officials dont know the constitution and their rights...
      • Sony (25/07/2012, 13:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Dark Vader", stop being a Jack A$$ There is a Question and Answer period in the House of Assembly where Members ask Ministers Questions. Myron cannot ask a Member of the Opposition Questions. Fraser cannot answer any Questions. You people come on here embarassing the Virgin Islands when people from overseas see how dumb we are politically. So stop it. For crying out loud, get educated.
  • eat cake (24/07/2012, 23:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I actually agree with Hon. Fahie on this one.
  • good to great (24/07/2012, 23:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    for once fahie said something that i support and i admired his seasoned presentation on the questions
  • BREAKING NEWS (25/07/2012, 10:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We go'in use that money for what we want. Scrap all them VIP projects!! No kick back for VIP, BOOM !!!!

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