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Governor is not looking for corruption hard enough- Hugh E. Darley

- asked how come some people are able to afford new houses in such a short time
Former Project Developer of the Cruise Pier Development Project Mr Hugh E. Darley believes that Governor of the Virgin Islands, His Excellency John S. Duncan OBE, has not looked very hard to find the corruption in the $82.9 million and counting project. Photo: VINO/File
It was in 2015 that Governor Duncan determined that a Commission of Inquiry was not necessary for the controversial Cruise Pier Development Project despite strong recommendation from the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly and the Auditor General's Department. Photo: VINO/File
It was in 2015 that Governor Duncan determined that a Commission of Inquiry was not necessary for the controversial Cruise Pier Development Project despite strong recommendation from the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly and the Auditor General's Department. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Project Developer of the Cruise Pier Development Project Mr Hugh E. Darley believes that Governor of the Virgin Islands, His Excellency John S. Duncan OBE, has not looked very hard to find the corruption in the $82.9 million and counting project.

He was speaking in response to Governor Duncan’s recent comments that he had not found any corruption in the National Democratic Party (NDP) or their controversial project.

In an email to this news site on Saturday April 23, 2016, Darley said the Governor has arrived at an uninformed conclusion to say that he has seen no corruption in the project.

“He has not looked very hard if he came to that uninformed conclusion,”said Darley.

Gov Duncan should be concerned

According to Darley, Governor Duncan was never involved in any presentations or meetings while Darley was involved in the project. He said that he has never met Governor Duncan.

However, Darley is of the view that Governor Duncan should be concerned about what the allegations would mean for the UK when it comes to contingent liability.

“He only has to look to who has benefited from the construction over runs and should be concerned about UK contingent liability,” said Darley.

Darley said the evidence of corruption could be found if one chooses to see it.

“I understand several people involved have new houses? None of those guys had cash or borrowing capacity when we met them in 2011 so how do they now have new homes?” asked Darley.

It was in 2015 that Governor Duncan determined that a Commission of Inquiry was not necessary for the controversial Cruise Pier Development Project despite strong recommendation from the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly and the Auditor General's Department.

These calls were made also by various members of civil society and the Parliamentary Opposition.

It was this and other incidents that have caused the general public in the Virgin Islands to lose confidence in Governor Duncan, who arrived in the territory in August 2014 for a three year term.

As a consequence of this loss of confidence, there have been strong calls from many quarters for the Governor to be recalled by the UK.

19 Responses to “Governor is not looking for corruption hard enough- Hugh E. Darley”

  • The Reaper (25/04/2016, 07:48) Like (10) Dislike (28) Reply
    Give it A Break now Mr Hugh..Let it rest..Thank the lord for these beauiful Virgin Islands....The Reaper
    • HMPH (aka "socal comantatar") (25/04/2016, 09:20) Like (7) Dislike (16) Reply
      Darley keep makin stataments but he al mouf an no trousar - how many law firm he now usined - issue dam proceedins if you brave anouf
  • chad (25/04/2016, 08:23) Like (42) Dislike (1) Reply
    How can you let wrong doings rest??? Is that what the cats mother taught you!
  • bvi (25/04/2016, 09:15) Like (17) Dislike (21) Reply
    People in the BVI could always afford houses. This guy is out of place and what's worst is that some of us will follow his nonsense all out of hatred for our own people. Only them alone should have houses? So we should have let him control the project so him and his boys could build/buy houses here and overseas? He is no different to the UK reporter who was talking about our Hospital and how this tiny Territory has so much money.
    • @ bvi (25/04/2016, 23:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      so fast when you have a loan for less than half the house struppsss we know better
  • Ha! (25/04/2016, 09:16) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    “I understand several people involved have new houses? None of those guys had cash or borrowing capacity when we met them in 2011 so how do they now have new homes?” asked Darley.

    Good for those who like to spill their guts every time they see a white man in a suit. Now he is airing their dirty laundry.
  • i am convinced (25/04/2016, 09:41) Like (23) Dislike (18) Reply
    This governor has got to be one of those lodge boys...Maybe the reason why he don't want to rock the boat?
  • hmmmmm tooo.. (25/04/2016, 09:58) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    i must say that i am in agreement with Mr. Hugh on that point!!! 8 million diverted from EE/LL sewage project to the TPP, millions are still unaccounted for, the NDP Government in HOA is showing overwhelming support for skelton-Cline even though a court case is pending!! Shelton-Cline was offered a job by Mark, Governor refused his contract renewal!!......too many inconsistencies or is it that someone is planning to get real rich at the end of it all!!!
  • Sheshe (25/04/2016, 10:36) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
    The Governor must go back to the UK. He took a oath to represent the UK government and the people of the Virgin Islands. He is not living up to that oath. Corruption, collision and miss appropriation of funds are all blearing at him. He must be accountable to us and the UK. If a governor refuses to govern we the citizens must ask the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to remove him from office. 1 2 3 Darley must go.
    • TurtheDove (25/04/2016, 10:52) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      the BVI population does not have the balls to march on government house like Bermuda or Anguilla...no where else could John Duncan get away with what he doing to the BVI people and their constitution
    • Hipp (25/04/2016, 14:52) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
      1 2 3 Duncan must go.
  • wize up (25/04/2016, 12:30) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Please calm down!!!
  • kelo (25/04/2016, 13:07) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    the governor is just enjoying his three years vacation
  • didn't come 2 work (25/04/2016, 13:41) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let the Governor enjoy his vacation.
  • Talk 2 us Mr. Faulkner. (25/04/2016, 13:47) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happen to this Faulkner guy who was begging people to invest their money? What become of the investors money? How many million they got from independent investors? We need Faulkner to come an TV and tell us. He was always on TV begging for investors and pushing the project.
  • The Captain (25/04/2016, 22:06) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The birds are coming home to roost now. Take a pass over at the Pier Park and see for yourself. Not only is it a construction site but for all intent and purposes, it is a ghost town no different to Craft Alive.
  • facts man (25/04/2016, 23:24) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    governor Duncan has become the biggest disgrace even in the history of BVI governors
  • Crook (26/04/2016, 08:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes he knows why he refused to investigate


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