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Governor asked to correct 'inaccurate & erroneous' statements against HoA

-said House discussed the BVI Airways Audit report that was the subject of criminal investigation
In a letter dated June 15, 2020, and revealed to the House at yesterday's June 26, 2020 siting, House Speaker Hon Julian Willock told legislators that statements made by the Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert on June 9, 2020, totally misrepresented what happened in the HoA with respect to the handling of the BVI Airways Audit report when tabled. Photo: GIS/HoA/File
Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert in his June 9, 2020, statement, said, 'Now that the report has been through the proper process and has been discussed by the House,' it paved that way for updates from him, on actions in hand to address concerns raised within the report. Photo: Team of Reporters
Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert in his June 9, 2020, statement, said, 'Now that the report has been through the proper process and has been discussed by the House,' it paved that way for updates from him, on actions in hand to address concerns raised within the report. Photo: Team of Reporters
While there has since been no response from the Governor before the June 25, deadline, the Speaker's letter was also copied to all Honourable HoA members and to Ben Merrick, the UK Director of Overseas Territory at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Photo: Internet Source
While there has since been no response from the Governor before the June 25, deadline, the Speaker's letter was also copied to all Honourable HoA members and to Ben Merrick, the UK Director of Overseas Territory at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Photo: Internet Source
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI), His Excellency Augustus J.U. Jaspert is under more fire, this time, over statements he made that the House of Assembly (HoA) discussed a report that was the subject of a criminal investigation.

In a letter dated June 15, 2020, and revealed publicly to the HoA at yesterday's June 26, 2020 sitting, House Speaker, Hon Julian Willock told legislators that statements made by the Governor on June 9, 2020, totally misrepresented what happened in the HoA with respect to the handling of the BVI Airways Audit report when tabled.  

Statement 'prejudices the integrity of the House' - Hon Willock 

The Governor in his June 9, 2020, statement, said, "Now that the report has been through the proper process and has been discussed by the House," it paved that way for updates from him, on actions at hand to address concerns raised within the report.

"Governor, your statement that the Report was 'discussed by the House' is totally inaccurate, erroneous and prejudices the integrity of the House of Assembly (HoA), all of its Members and the Honourable Speaker," House Speaker, Hon Willock noted.

The Speaker in his letter said that when the report was tabled by the Premier in the HoA on May 28, 2020, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) disclosed that the contents of the report was the subject of a criminal investigation and therefore, under the Standing Orders 38 (2), Members were cautioned against discussing such contents.

The Speaker said further, during the deliberations, he took great pains to ensure that Legislators did not discuss the report since it was under criminal investigation, to which House members agreed.

Gov's Statement could have negative implications - Speaker 

"This is of significance, as it highlights that all Members of the House respected and adhered to the Standing Orders, therefore, the Report was never discussed as you declared in your public statement." 

According to the Hon Willock, given the statement did not accurately reflect what happened in the House, there is a possibility of future negative implications with regards to criminal prosecutions. 

"With that said, I humbly suggest and request that you correct your statement on or before June 25, 2020. While I am very anxious to see this matter go away, I also suggest that an apology to the Legislative branch on the late arrival of the report could be an additional step in the right direction," he said. 

While there has since been no response from Governor Jaspert by the June 25, deadline, the Speaker's letter was also copied to all Honourable HoA members and to Ben Merrick, the UK Director of Overseas Territory at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

34 Responses to “Governor asked to correct 'inaccurate & erroneous' statements against HoA”

  • Hillary (27/06/2020, 13:14) Like (12) Dislike (36) Reply
    Willock is his match
  • Lawd (27/06/2020, 13:15) Like (43) Dislike (12) Reply
    Poor Governor, the pressure and hatred from the HOA.
  • Frig up (27/06/2020, 13:20) Like (14) Dislike (53) Reply
    It’s sad that this governor has no respect for the rule of law and the house of assembly yet these Uncle Toms still backing him
    • Well well. (30/06/2020, 07:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      @frig up
      Does bvislanders have respect for the law and house of assembly. My dear i remember over the year how honorable members show us the public their lack of respect for the house as well as the sitting governor. So shut up.

  • Kitchen Table Group Panel (27/06/2020, 13:21) Like (7) Dislike (42) Reply
    Hats off to the esteemed speaker for defending his wicket
  • tell me why (27/06/2020, 13:37) Like (55) Dislike (7) Reply
    he does not need to apologize to anyone.

    when BVIslanders do wrong to their staff do you correct them? no, you do not. Fix yourselves first. right is right and wrong is wrong.
  • Hmm really (27/06/2020, 13:42) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    talk about yourselves because when your past government disrespected governor Duncan because he put his foot down, who could of stop them. who do you people think you are.
  • cgb (27/06/2020, 13:46) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    VINO really hot on the Governor lol
  • Youth (27/06/2020, 13:52) Like (40) Dislike (37) Reply
    This Governor needs to go
  • Wow (27/06/2020, 13:53) Like (36) Dislike (31) Reply
    This governor is not truthful.
  • My Take (27/06/2020, 13:54) Like (36) Dislike (28) Reply
    This governor needs to be recalled.
  • Just saying.... (27/06/2020, 14:02) Like (24) Dislike (9) Reply
    Racist even in the white house
    • White guilt (27/06/2020, 18:48) Like (21) Dislike (9) Reply
      The man telling black people with a brain his father suffered under the nazi you know them a racist when they come with thoes types of lying stories
  • hey ho. (27/06/2020, 14:04) Like (26) Dislike (29) Reply
    please ..put your energies into correcting the failure of the past governments.....find the money that is missing....where are the business grants promised last month...???
    stop this justification of you position please. seems like you and skelton clyne are working together.
  • Dulce (27/06/2020, 14:05) Like (23) Dislike (21) Reply
    The report was discussed by the HOA ,as a result, per instructions from the Premier.....
    The CONTENT of the report,the FiNDINGS were not to be discussed.
    I am with the Governor, there was discussion in HOA about the report.
  • stress (27/06/2020, 14:11) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all going stress out the governor. Truth be told you just cant run two ships please navigate your own ship and bring it to safety less it runs aground. VIP got strength for him. Let's wait,see and hear how he responds. It's going to be interesting.
  • Hmmm (27/06/2020, 14:21) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    he really think he not entitled to no one ...papa.
  • Blackman (27/06/2020, 14:25) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hear is the catch. Most of you do not know Governor Jaspert. It is quite obvious that all and everyone whose sole aim is to make a name for them self is picking a fight with him. The Governor will not correct his statement because it is true nor will he apologize for anything. You just climb into the ring with the wrong person.
    • @Blackman (27/06/2020, 20:17) Like (1) Dislike (15) Reply
      The mere fact that the Governor can do anything and get away with it is a clear indication that he represents racism in its truest form.
  • clap clap (27/06/2020, 15:17) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    One thing this speaker is fair less
  • Fraudulent Governor (27/06/2020, 16:01) Like (1) Dislike (38) Reply

    G******** is incompetent and needs to go ASAP. Why FCO protecting him? Why they not holding him accountable? W**** m** sticking together breaking our spirit and necks still. Claim back our lives from them.

  • Bisa (27/06/2020, 17:19) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you that the governor is the real problem continue on this track and you rue your ways.
  • bystander (27/06/2020, 18:27) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I went to bed one night and then I woke up; and I was in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and everything was a lot more sensible; for a while at least; and I remembered the advantages of being a British Overseas Territory during hurricane season; in a global pandemic and when there is a large amount of serious and organized drug trafficking going on through the Territory’s waters. Alllof which can a small place very vulnerable. I’m glad the HoA is focusing on stuff like this because it must mean tourism is doing well, financial services is doing well, and we can all stop worrying about Covid 19.
  • old (27/06/2020, 18:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need the plane. Or the money.
  • My Gosh (27/06/2020, 19:04) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give it a rest.... can we read what else is going on in the country.
  • vi (27/06/2020, 20:51) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    The UK needs to take full control of the bvi
  • Fake Governor (27/06/2020, 22:39) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply

    Did you see the G***** fake video expressing fake concern for BLM & his family’s tokenistic walk with protesters just to get publicity? So fake and transparent. He needs to go ASAP. We see through h.. completely.

  • teacher john (27/06/2020, 23:08) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    We have a problem when a sitting governor can lie and feel no remorse to correct himself
  • Ain't Able. (28/06/2020, 09:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all listen to what's brought to us by media and friends of friends without even knowing the persons we are discussing. Whether someone is racist or not depends on their actions and intentions. Yes, we can call down all white or Caucasian people as racist but how many of us actually share their blood. A lot of us. Whether part of us are Portuguese, British, or even old American, we all have mixed blood. Not everyone white is racist and not everyone black stands up for the black community. So, shall we stop focusing and labeling people that we have not even gotten the chance to meet and focus on ourselves. There is a Chinese proverb that translates to "Before we change the world we should look at our own houses three times."
  • Is that so Madam Speaker (29/06/2020, 15:04) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    You want an apology from him? I want an apology from you for the cussathon you had out there not so long ago. When you issue yours I will help you squeeze one out of him. Inappropriate behavior is inappropriate behavior.
  • blame the governor (29/06/2020, 21:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You people blaming the governor for every foolishniss in the bvi.


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