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Governor Duncan’s departure delayed until after August Festival

Governor of the Virgin Islands, John S. Duncan OBE, left, whose tenure will end in August 2017, has decided not to take leave in July and will depart the territory until after the 2017 August festivities. Photo: VINO/File
Government House: Where Governor John S. Duncan OBE and his family will remain until their departure in August 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Government House: Where Governor John S. Duncan OBE and his family will remain until their departure in August 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Some in the political class from both sides of the aisle were counting the days in July of this month to see the back of the United Kingdom appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE.

The past two Governors of the Virgin Islands took leave in July of their departure year and never returned, leaving the local Deputy Governor at the time to act for months.

However, in a turnaround the current Governor, whose tenure will end in August 2017, has decided not to take leave in July and will instead depart the Territory after the 2017 August festivities.

In communication with our newsroom via an Email, Mr Duncan's policy officer Ms Maria Mays said, "I thought it might be useful to provide a brief update about the Governor’s departure as there appears to be some confusion on when he is due to leave."

The Officer stated that Governor Duncan "is not departing the Territory until after the Emancipation Festival."

I leave when I am good & ready!

It is unclear why this Governor has not stuck to tradition, where most Governors scheduled to depart in August will take leave in July and not return after vacation.

Two years within his tenure, after taking office on August 15, 2014, there were loud cries for Mr Duncan to be recalled by the British Government because of many unpopular decisions he took, according to his critics, including talk show host and retired civil servant Edmund G. Maduro.

His recent decision; however, to evoke his power under the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 to take money from the Consolidated Fund to give to the police, courts and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), was welcomed by many residents in the face of an upsurge in criminal activities, including homicides. Even Mr Maduro, one of his strongest critics, publicly supported the move.

While here until August, Governor Duncan and his family will remain at the state-funded Governor's mansion in Road Town, the capital city. His office also promised that "he will make a decision shortly on exit interviews."

23 Responses to “Governor Duncan’s departure delayed until after August Festival”

  • NDP to the bone (04/07/2017, 08:29) Like (16) Dislike (41) Reply
    Be gone already!
  • grench (04/07/2017, 08:59) Like (39) Dislike (6) Reply
    He wants to make sure his plans come together to imprison the corrupted politicians
  • law abiding (04/07/2017, 09:02) Like (37) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well done Sir. Duncan
    • Moonshine (04/07/2017, 19:51) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      The same ignorant fools who voted for this government are the same ignorant fools who thought the there is still no corruption
  • see now (04/07/2017, 09:08) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even Duncan exercising succession planning; he's staying back to make sure his successor is fully up-to-date and ready to hit the ground running. Lord! look trouble coming...and without hesitation like the last time.
    • Welsah (04/07/2017, 09:53) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      @see now. And we can't or refuse do this (succession planning) for our own. I wonder why?
  • the man (04/07/2017, 09:17) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Just want fete one more time
  • drake (04/07/2017, 09:21) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    he is the one behind the Extradition hearing. He wants to be here when the judge gives his decision.
  • Good Governor (04/07/2017, 09:42) Like (19) Dislike (8) Reply
    Thanks Governor for not running away but working until the end. Shows good governance really. Please can you clear another back log of BOTC and citizenships before you leave? Needs to be a priority really with each applicant paying close to $1,000 and waiting almost three years for something that should be cleared within 6 months.
  • VG (04/07/2017, 10:30) Like (10) Dislike (31) Reply
    John d needs to go he is no longer welcome here
    • @ VG (04/07/2017, 21:31) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      you all will like him if he announces some lock up right...set of crazy people in this place
  • . (04/07/2017, 12:24) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Maybe he is having a festival troupe
  • BVI Airways will never fly (04/07/2017, 13:12) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    He wants to get his last dance
  • Nationalist (04/07/2017, 15:03) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Perhaps the most destructive political construct is the ridiculous notion that we still have a governor
  • peggy (04/07/2017, 15:15) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    he up to some trick he want to lock up more people before he leave and make sure this new governor take his advice
  • well sa (04/07/2017, 16:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sa, look ting to talk
  • drop (04/07/2017, 16:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Drop the ball.
  • Truth (04/07/2017, 17:15) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Wants another oppertunity to insult the ndp lol lol
  • peggy (05/07/2017, 04:43) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    drake you hit the nail on the head that is why he don't want to leave he want to say that he bad he and he come here with intentions to cause plenty problem he looking friend with the u.s. see the other one gone
    up there to live now.
  • Quiet Storm (05/07/2017, 08:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guv wants a little time for fun in the sun. Guv, bon voyage!

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