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Gov Duncan spanks NDP; Uses reserved power to finance police!

- Another slap in the Government’s face while one Minister claims the UK has confidence in the Administration
Governor John S. Duncan OBE (left) has used his reserved powers under the 2007 Constitution of the Virgin Islands to direct the Accountant General via warrant to allocate the sum of $800,000 to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Right: The National Democratic Party (NDP) administration led by Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (right) has been criticised for not properly funding the police. Photo: VINO/File
Under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, the police operations budget has been cut by some 46% percent. Photo: VINO/File
Under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, the police operations budget has been cut by some 46% percent. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In a hurriedly arranged press briefing today March 16, 2017 by the United Kingdom appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE, the public was informed that for the first time in the Virgin Islands’ modern political history a Governor has used his reserved powers under the 2007 Constitution of the Virgin Islands to interfere in domestic affairs.

Not even within the last 20 years in the face of many natural disasters, such as hurricanes Hugo, Marilyn or David, have such powers been used by Governors.

I am still the boss- John S. Duncan

Today, His Excellency Governor Duncan, who has been publicly embarrassing and blasting this government, told the local media that he has used his reserved powers under the constitution to direct the Accountant General via warrant to allocate the sum of $800,000 to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

He has also made his intentions known to Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Deputy Premier Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and the Cabinet Secretary, during an emergency National Security Council meeting held today.

Within the past few months many prominent voices, including former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and businessman Julian Willock, have been calling on government to fund the police so they will have resources to help in their crime fighting efforts.

It was just last month that Governor Duncan made public that since the NDP took office they have cut the Police operations budget by some 46% percent and told persons at a government ceremony that this administration has no regard for “priority in spending.”

Governor Duncan told the few members of the press a few hours ago that “I just came from the National Security Council (NSC) meeting where I met with the Members to discuss the shortfall in the budget for the police force...After a long discussion I informed the Premier that I am not prepared to allow the situation to continue so I am invoking Section 103 of the Constitution, which allows the Governor to authorise that expenditure.”

No reaction to this bomb shell as yet

Currently, the Legislators are in the House of Assembly (HoA), today March 16, 2017 therefore neither the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr Smith nor the Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) could be reached for immediate comments.

Meanwhile, the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), despite the Governor continuing to publicly chastise the government for their many failures in the area of lack of financial management, transparency, accountability and not passing the Freedom of Information Act, Mr Walwyn said with a straight face that the UK still has confidence in the ruling National Democratic Party a few days ago while debating the 2017 budget in the HoA.

63 Responses to “Gov Duncan spanks NDP; Uses reserved power to finance police!”

  • wow (16/03/2017, 19:11) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    This situation is going from bad to worse every day. I'm at a loss for words!
    • BVI 360 (16/03/2017, 20:26) Like (56) Dislike (3) Reply

      The Governor has the facts. He was just expecting us to clean up or own mess since we were the ones who created this mess in the first place. However, he has just extended a grapevine for us to get it together. NDP is no good for us. Their priorities are in the wrong places. Our quality of Life is deteriorating rapidly while their focus is concentrated on everything else but us and what is going on before us.

      Now we see why ball-head, funnyman, stood up spewing his bullying-spin doctrine in the HOA the other day- talking about his government still doing great and how the UK like their administration performance. He knows better; it's just that those votes he got in the last election warped his sense of legitimate power.

      It's all SPIN People. This is just their distraction from their want-to-be alternative facts, based on their delusional utopia on how we should feel about their performance on the grounds and disregarding everyday reality on the grounds.

      NDP is completely detached from reality happening on the grounds.

      They feel that they are the best gifts ever voted into office by the people and anything they say is gospel, including those alternative facts given to us the other day from the self-generated audit given by their Big Money Spender on the position of the Cruise ship Pier Park.

      Wait- their own self-audit will reveal tons of information if you know how to read between the documented figures on each line- and that's if it ever gets to us in the public before they leave or remove from office: all the new licenses and the new business names generated around the same time.

      NDP is holding on to straws just about this time. Lots more to come down the line. Our direction is just another Turk and Caicos debacle coming soon to a news media- who is not afraid to dig deep to uncover our secretive dirty little truths.
    • one eye (16/03/2017, 23:27) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
      It was very clear from the start of this governor was setting up the NDP
      • Backfire (17/03/2017, 12:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        @one eye; more like they were trying to set up the governor to me but it's good for them. governor has a life-line
  • DON Q (16/03/2017, 19:16) Like (19) Dislike (15) Reply
    Direct rule
  • one eye (16/03/2017, 19:18) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr Governor woke up
    • Deh Watcher (16/03/2017, 23:38) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      There is a worrying trend with NOT bringing very senior police officers and thieving politicians on charges... when last you see a high ranking police or a minister of government being languished before the courts??
      • @She Watcher (17/03/2017, 06:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        It is obvious that you are lost. A Court does not convened on rumours. Facts or evidence to prove that a person has committed a crime warrants is the key word.
        • Not true... (17/03/2017, 10:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          What about accessories to crimes and unreasonable doubles? Just asking- Are you in one of those categories?
  • Executive Powers (16/03/2017, 19:27) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yessa. Trump can issue executive orders and so can you Governor. Make a move a week and we will shake your hand.
  • voter (16/03/2017, 19:27) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    instead of trying to hold on to his portfolio he there writing letters against VI Air line
  • It's about time (16/03/2017, 19:29) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    What took you sooo long to hear the cries of our people, governor Duncan?
  • GOVERNOR (16/03/2017, 19:30) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    The governor did one thing wrong he took to long. 7,000,000 to people who we don't know and the police don't have the resource to flight crime

    Thank you governor we need a safe BVI. Thanks.
    • weed (16/03/2017, 23:51) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      This budget neglects and inflicts harm on many of our children and their families and communities in ways that only morally repugnant individuals could discuss and then affirm with each other with great self satisfaction.
  • Reader (16/03/2017, 19:34) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    Amen...Good move Governor. As a BVIslander, I have observed occasions when Activists in the community and even more recently, some Ministers, have passed what I consider to be somewhat disrespectful public remarks about the Governor. I generally believe that a lot of us have a "Born-here" attitude which is a form of racism. From my knowledge, people should not be judged by where they are from, or by their ethnic background, but by the content of their character.

    The fact that we claim to be a "Christian" society, behooves that we TRULY REFLECT the Christian attitude toward each other, whether the idividual is a politician, or someone who is here residing among us (whether they have an office job, work in a restaurant or other industry).

    Of course we are free to have a view about the Governor or anyone in high position however, there is always a best way to share that view. The Word of God suggests that we "do unto others whst we want them to do unto us". It also tells us that if we have an aught with someone, we should tell them between you and them alone. If they do not hear you, you take someone else etc.

    So, now that monies have been appropriated to assist the Police, we trust that it will be prioritized in the best way to have the best impact on enhancing the safety of all of us here in the BVI.
  • Me (16/03/2017, 19:46) Like (30) Dislike (10) Reply
    Finally we see he grew some balls!!!!! Yeahhhhhhhhh u Rock Governor!!!!
  • Who's boss (16/03/2017, 19:53) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    DR SMITH FORGOT WHO THE REAL BOSS IS AND GOVENOR FINALLY WOKE TFU BECAUSE LOOK AT THE STATE OF THE BVI ROADS MESSED AND CANT BE FIX POPERLY CAUSE " THERES NOT ENOUGH MONEY" TO FINISH THE JOB CORRECTLY OR THEY HAVE TO BRING IN HELP FROM OUTSIDE WHICH IS COSTLY ! CANT GET A BAIL STATEMENT FOR 2017! CERTAIN POLITICIANS HAVE OTHER SUPERMARKETS IN OTHER CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES WITH MEGA YATHS .. DOCTORS GOING ON STRICK , POLICE OFFICERS ARENT DOING THEIR JOBS BECAUSE FUNDS ARENT THERE SO THEY DONT CARE TO DO THEIR JOBS SO RATHER TAKE MONEY FROM DRUG MAN WHO PAY THEM MORE THAN THEIR ACTUAL PAY CHECK SO WHAT CRIME IS RISEN ! Man I SAY THE QUEEN SJOULD JUST COME FOR THIS DAMN PLACE BECAUSE ALL PARTIES ARE FULL OF IT !! But yes I commanded his effort !!
  • Wa now (16/03/2017, 19:56) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
    Dr Smith as sicken me because I thought better of his character but they are all the same how in the hell he got a whip worth 90'000 calls it a 'gift' some damn gift ! FIX THE BVI OR STEP down !! Time we the people open our eyes to the nonesen and remember they need us !!
  • Hmm (16/03/2017, 19:59) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    Ndp and their brethren know they on their way out...while they get off wid our money we gon just be yappin about how they did us wrong for decades and no consequence??????? I don't buy this story....we shoulda been doin this for our schools to decrease the delinquency but we findin 800k to gun down our young men and have this place like a modern day wild wild west??????
    • Really? (17/03/2017, 11:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      so the only way that you see the police funds being invested is gun down our young men?? Have many seats you ignorant, silly twit!
  • Hmmm! (16/03/2017, 20:01) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Gloria predicted this!
  • Vg man (16/03/2017, 20:02) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    You need to do the same with the Fire Dept!
  • Law Abiding citizen (16/03/2017, 20:23) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    You have my support Govenor. Job well done.
    • school children (16/03/2017, 23:30) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, I said it before too. Walwyn needs to get himself a real job, from tying to spin the NDP nonsence
  • WTF (16/03/2017, 20:35) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor, I just wished that you had belled the cats sooner. But, NDP government is so self centered and narcissistic, that Myron Walwyn had the balls to assert that the UK still has confidence in his government. That attitude speaks to the fact that he feels the corruptive, wasteful and secretive way in which the NDP governs is acceptable. Well, I am very happy to see that the governor has finally said, Enough is ENOUGH. BAM.
  • facts man (16/03/2017, 20:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing new we heading there
  • M & M (16/03/2017, 21:38) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    Next is revocking 2 mininters apointments
  • Enough! (16/03/2017, 21:42) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    The Premier needs to step down now!!! Don't let we take you out like Park Geun-hye, Former President of South Korea!
    • @ enough (16/03/2017, 23:52) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      The race to the bottom continues.
    • my 2 cents (16/03/2017, 23:57) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      This 2017 Budget does not reflect BVI values. There needs to be a strong statement from the people about that. Write representatives and donate to the opposition.
  • Help plz (16/03/2017, 21:50) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    WHAT ABOUT CUSTOMS??????????????????
  • 1handwilly (16/03/2017, 21:55) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP should be ashamed
  • NDP supporter (16/03/2017, 22:07) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    As an NDP supporter I am truly embarrassed by this move. It is unprecedented, at least in my lifetime. It confirms that my government does not have its priorities in order and that they don't take crime fighting seriously. Although, the Police force is somewhat ineffective, they still need our support. I'm losing faith in you guys NDP....Come on man!! Do these rich friends really have you all that brainwashed??
  • bojan (16/03/2017, 23:10) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor while you have them I want to know how my taxes been spent get the AUDIT report that we can Jail then before they leave office. I did want a government job but how things going am staying where I am for some day soon some government workers will be out of their job.
  • bojan (16/03/2017, 23:15) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Help is there a green house here more money wasted again What a Thing.
  • King Kunta (16/03/2017, 23:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I said it before and I will say it again, the UK will come for the BVI as long as the NDP is in power
    • Noknowledgeofpast (17/03/2017, 09:41) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
      STFU. People always calling for the UK to come for the BVI. You want them to come to impose slavery on us again? Do you know what transpired in slavery? The UK has not changed and they will not change now. People of the BVI need to prepare themselves for their own future. They frigging up a creek up in the UK and they looking place to go, so all the Overseas Territories with sun and land they are eyeing. Ohhh, let them come. The days of Barry Webb waiting on them.
  • the premier speech (16/03/2017, 23:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Telling lies is an old craft . How can you get the truth ?
  • $7,000,000.00 (16/03/2017, 23:38) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can you believe this, they gave away seven million dollars to an overseas company and we still have not seen anything take place. Then look at the way our people are crying for support. Local businesses are struggling, look at the road and so many other things. Seven million dollars, seven million dollars! My God...
  • rider (16/03/2017, 23:47) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    God in heaven this government needs to pack your bags and go!
  • YASSSSS, Mr. Governor! (17/03/2017, 02:31) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    From my lips, to God's ears!
  • For a moment there... (17/03/2017, 03:04) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I was so CONFIDENT that the NDP was about to successfully deliver my BVI to hell in a hand basket. Whew! Hello, GOVERNOR!
  • wize up (17/03/2017, 03:31) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    question: when is the last time in this territory you heard the governor made such a move??
    • @wize up (17/03/2017, 07:31) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Never. Her Majesty actually cares. Tears Tearss Tears. I thought it was just a ceremonial post the governor have but yessah my Queen said not when you putting lives at risk. Why do we have to wait out until 2019. We will be doomed by then.
      • wize up (17/03/2017, 15:48) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        @@ wize up: speaking about 2019; what I will say to citizens and residents off this community (extinguish all cigarettes, make sure your seats are in the upright positions and ensure your seatbelts are securely fasten)....this adminstration is going down to the wire; no snap election this trip(some folks might not be reelected so the next 2 years will be spent securing for private life!!!!)
  • wow... (17/03/2017, 06:39) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the primary schools, hlscc, they suffering too. Educación is the key to oppression. Those teachers need resources.
    • wize up (18/03/2017, 07:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ wow: some of us here biging up the governor for giving his fellow UK citizen funding for his department however our local education system also needs funding or customs department also requires additional funding(why can't the same governor get excutive) if the governor is going to be fair them use his constitutional powers for all and not just his brother)....customs is also responsible for this territory security; customs department and the police department are both crime fighters and directly responsible for safety of BVI: education of our children is very vital BUT am 100% confident the governor will not execute his constitutional powers and help education or customs(who vex vex so prove me wrong)
  • Thankful (17/03/2017, 06:41) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    And that self ain't enough but it's a start and we thank the gov. No I'm not a police just a concerned citizen like you
  • Long live the Queen! (17/03/2017, 07:39) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    So much for a ceremonial post when it comes to humanity! Crime has no place in the world. It should be fought with all our might. Nip it before it gets worst. Thank you Governor thank you. If you feel good in your heart that you did the right thing then make no apology. We all desire to feel a little safer and if this $800,000 will move us closer to safety then thank you Governor thank you. I hope you are reading this as it's the greatest gift you've given this country since you came to our shores.
    • wize up (18/03/2017, 07:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ long live the queen: news flash- its the people of the territory tax money(what gift you here talking about)..the commissioner not even in BVI one year but he was able to get 800.000.00 for his UK brother(the governor) other department crying from time the same governor arrived in BVI what have the Governor done for those department(you will tell me!!!)....
  • Genevieve (17/03/2017, 07:46) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I guess O'Lorna will be writing a trifling letter to make public about the Queen's representative. Stay tune for the warmongering.
  • Ya me born (17/03/2017, 07:55) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guess the likes of Mitch and the other cronies could go back to sleep now..the real boss is in the house
  • LOL (17/03/2017, 09:39) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    It's funny how these local fools rejoicing and asking for the Governor to become more involved. Keep it up!
  • ShameontheBlackman (17/03/2017, 10:10) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Don't know how I feel about this, I will always have a deep distrust for the pale man and his intentions, but I am more disappointed in the African men who allowed this to happen in the first place. I will accept this situation in the short term and close my eyes understanding the importance of his decision.
    • wize up (18/03/2017, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Shame: wonderful great writing: some black folk will never know themselves until them back against the wall(is this movement by the queen employed such a move)
  • THE ACCOUNTANT (17/03/2017, 10:10) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    When the Premier made reference to the number of checks which are sitting in the Treasury waiting to be picked up by the Police Department, he should have also included the hundreds of checks which amount to over ten million dollars which are also at the Treasury which cannot be picked up by their owners. The facts of the matter is, the Treasury CANNOT release those checks unless it is directed to do so by the Ministry of Finance which is answerable to the Minister of Finance. Is he ignorant of this impasse or is he still ZZZZZZing.
  • section 103 (17/03/2017, 11:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ah luv it! LOL
  • Liat 521 (17/03/2017, 12:57) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hope we do not end up with a police state yall
  • Just wondering (17/03/2017, 18:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the Financial Secretary in all of this?
  • john d (19/03/2017, 19:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is so sad when you have criminals parading as politicians and ministers and managing taxpayers resources.


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