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Fmr Deputy Premier petitions UK to intervene in VI affairs

-points to breakdown in governance, widespread corruption, increasing crime
Former Deputy Premier of the VI, Queens Council, Ms R. Dancia Penn-Sallah, has petitioned the UK Government to urgently intervene in the body politic and institutions of the Territory, in order to stem the breakdown in governance. Photo: VINO/File
Ms R. Dancia Penn-Sallah, gave recently, a written submission of evidence to the UK Parliamentary Committee tasked with a review of the future relations between the UK and its Overseas Territories. Photo: Internet Source
Ms R. Dancia Penn-Sallah, gave recently, a written submission of evidence to the UK Parliamentary Committee tasked with a review of the future relations between the UK and its Overseas Territories. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Former Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI), Queens Council, Ms R. Dancia Penn-Sallah, has petitioned the United Kingdom (UK) Government to urgently intervene in the body politic and institutions of the Territory, in order to stem the breakdown in governance.

“In recent years, there has been an increasing and significant weakening of governance and of the institutions of Government in,” the VI according to Ms Penn, in her recent written submission of evidence to the UK Parliamentary Committee tasked with a review of the future relations between the UK and its Overseas Territories.

"My recommendation is that governance be addressed urgently, and in a definitive way, by the relevant authorities in the UK in conjunction with the relevant officials and entities in the VI," said Ms Penn, who also served the VI in the capacity of Deputy Governor and Attorney General. 

Widespread Corruption

She said, there is an increasing sustained lack of transparency and accountability in key aspects of public life, and this has led to a decline in the rule of law and respect and regard for it; a lack of regard and respect for law and order, and a resulting increase in crime and criminality along with a sustained lack of transparency and accountability.

The former VI Deputy Premier in her submission to the Committee in September 2018, said too, there is widespread allegations and perceptions of corruption on the part of elected officials and Ministers of Government as well as within Statutory Corporations such as the BVI Ports Authority and the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, as well as the Tortola Pier Park Project and the BVI Airways matter have led to an increasing erosion of regard for governance and public institutions.

Failure

According to Ms Penn, “respect for public institutions is at an all-time low and trust in Government and governance is weak; civil society needs to be strengthened”

The former Deputy Premier under a Virgin Islands Party administration has since also accused the current Office holders of deliberately failing to adequately equip and resource the institutions that would protect governance and provide for greater transparency and accountability.

According to the learned Attorney, “there has been an ongoing failure to properly establish and provide appropriate and adequate resources for the various Commissions and institutions of governance provided for under The Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007 (the Constitution), and the failure to enact legislation as contemplated by section 68 of the Constitution to properly insulate the Commissions and make them effective.”

12 Responses to “Fmr Deputy Premier petitions UK to intervene in VI affairs ”

  • Watchfull Eyes (04/12/2018, 09:25) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply
    Waaoooowww!!!! am I reading what I think I read??? What???? This is serious!!!
  • wize up (04/12/2018, 09:52) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    whole ting tun up now!!!!
  • pride (04/12/2018, 11:30) Like (12) Dislike (29) Reply
    Dancia put your hat in the ring come dance to the music and stop blowing hot air.... if you have so much to say come make a change just don't sit there and open your hole in your face..... I hate the people who is the most critics both don't come to the party and dance...
  • The cup ran over (04/12/2018, 11:31) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well sah look more trouble for VI now
  • LadyWhat (04/12/2018, 11:35) Like (32) Dislike (16) Reply
    Why not fight to fix the issue in house vs asking people who may not have the best interest of your people at heart.
  • Vg man (04/12/2018, 11:41) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    I think your little to late.The UK already know what’s going on,that’s why we been under investigation for years and that’s why they’re here now locking the place down.Let me put it this way,the UK set our ass up,and those greedy politicians fall right into the trap.
  • Political Observer (PO) (04/12/2018, 12:16) Like (32) Dislike (8) Reply
    One of the late Austin Maduro favorite quips was “well mai boi.” Well, well mai boi, the BVI is a sad state. The BVI is in a dysfunctional state and the current situation is a major setback for the BVI people. Nonetheless, calling in the UK should be a last resort. The BVI and its people can fix what ails it. Dr. Hon Premier, dissolve the HOA, set an election date and let the people vote for a new government. Normally, elections in the VI are popularity/beauty contest. However, this time around the electorate needs to vote in the national interest, not self interest. New government elected, the electorate needs to hold its feet to the fire. The electorate cannot vote and then go in hibernation, for this is what got us in this funk. The electorate must get and stay engaged, holding government accountable.
  • SMH (04/12/2018, 13:01) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    Told all yuh...the Britains are coming! Since we can't get it done our way, they'll do it their way!
  • wize up (04/12/2018, 13:21) Like (26) Dislike (7) Reply
    just a follow up: should great britian return; I am 50% sure the virgin islanders will be ones to suffer: the founders of positivite action are rooling over in their graves: all their hard work down the drain with 40-years....why can’t our people come together and fix what must be fixed, 2018 and we still hope the former masters will fix it: great leadership(Hon wheatley: Hon Cills: Hon Maduro: Hon Walters: Hon Lettsome: Hon Stoutt: Hon Brewley: Hon Oneal: Hon Hodge: Hon Romney) what a peaceful little group of Islands and the most your head about the Governor is when he got dressed in his all white-uniform for the Queen’s Birthday Celebration: it is own people that have brought this territory right back to its knees.....don’t even blame Irma or Maria things went down hill before 2017: millions & millions can not be accounted for(who harping now had well known what was going on each and every day some of them may fully well know where our tax money gone)....some saying cost over run projects but I leaning towards money in pockets
  • Windy (04/12/2018, 14:38) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    How many lanterns if they're coming by air ? Oh that's right, there is no BVI Airways. Let us not forget about that.
  • ------------------ (04/12/2018, 17:39) Like (27) Dislike (16) Reply
    SHE IS RIGHT


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