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