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Hon Fahie lambastes Walywn over secrecy in the HoA

-says public has a right to know how their money is being spent; it is the Law
Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), in a public message on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, via social media, responded to Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn’s (AL), criticism of the manner in which information was released to the public over contracts for repairs at the H. Lavity Stout Community College (HLSCC). Photo: VINO/File
The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC)
The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC)
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), in a public message on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, via social media, responded to Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn’s (AL), criticism of the manner in which information was released to the public over contracts for repairs at the H. Lavity Stout Community College (HLSCC).

According to Hon Fahie, “I was dumbfounded at the amazement expressed by the Minister of Education, when he learnt that the public was informed about the nature and details of public contracts issued for the repairs of damages at the HLSCC.”

Hon Walywn had earlier this week said he supports not making the names of contractors’ public.

Disturbing Trend

Hon Walwyn, he said, called it a disturbing trend—the manner in which the information was made public. The Opposition Leader is adamant however, the Standing Orders of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly provides for a written reply to be provided to question asked by members in the House and a copy provided to each member.

 “It is disingenuous for the Minister to leave the general public with the impression that he volunteered the documents to the Speaker and myself, it is the law,” Hon Fahie said.

According to Hon Fahie, Ministers continue to disregard the rules of the House by refusing to provide in a timely manner their written responses to questions asked “and at times refuse to answer some of the questions posed by the opposition.”

Answers

He said this practice will no longer be accepted by himself as Leader of the Opposition.

“Answers must be written, answers must be distributed to all members and answers must be given early.”

Speaking to proposed amendments to the standing orders in order to withod information from the public, Hon Fahie said “the battle will be long and the battle will be fierce.”

According to Fahie, the next Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government will be more transparent and not seek to embrace the “darkness that he is proposing.”

He questions what else will be next if the proposal is allowed to continue, “will the Minister seek to limit the questions that members of Her Majesty loyal opposition can ask”

According to Fahie, this will not be allowed since this is the process by which the residents of the Territory are informed about how their hard earned tax dollars are spent.

“How else will the tax payers of this territory know how their hard earned tax dollars are being spent,” he questioned.

He drew reference to the $7.2M for an airline that will not fly, or the $8M taken from the sewerage project, the $40M over expenditure at the Pier Park Project.

According to Hon Fahie in light of what has been transpiring, including attempts to withhold information, then as Leader of the Opposition will convene Public Accounts Committee with the entire House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Responses to “Hon Fahie lambastes Walywn over secrecy in the HoA ”

  • ccc (25/07/2018, 10:18) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good job foy
  • island man (25/07/2018, 11:08) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    Myron who I support and will vote for has let me down
    • question (27/07/2018, 02:48) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Are you voting for him because he is an island man or because you like what he is doing? If you like what he is doing then don't tell us he has let you down. Myron does this sort of thing constantly.
  • my my my (25/07/2018, 11:31) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine a man like Myron who wants to be a Premier is saying that he wants to hide from the public what happens with their tax dollars. This is unacceptable.
  • weed (25/07/2018, 11:32) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    BALLHEAD LOVE DARKNESS
  • People (25/07/2018, 11:34) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must say that like Fahie or not, we all must thank him because without him asking questions of the NDP then we would never know how much millions the NDP has wasted of our tax money. We must oppose Myron's attempts to hide government's actions on our behalf.
    • @ People (26/07/2018, 09:00) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
      Yes Fahie is really really good in the Opposition. I hope he's in the Opposition again. Ask those tough questions on the people's behalf mehson
  • People (25/07/2018, 11:34) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must say that like Fahie or not, we all must thank him because without him asking questions of the NDP then we would never know how much millions the NDP has wasted of our tax money. We must oppose Myron's attempts to hide government's actions on our behalf.
  • Horse Path (25/07/2018, 11:42) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is our taxes we have the right to know what’s wrong with Myron
  • Steve (25/07/2018, 11:44) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    You will want to know why this individual whole life is a secret. Allegations that will turn your belly upside down.

    If he was straight in all aspects dealing with people he could have been one of the best that pass through the HOA but because of his funny ways he always get hammered.

    Still to come, who is hammering who?
  • Elephant in the room (25/07/2018, 14:13) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    How many contracts have MW's businesses got with govt?

    Good work Fahie. We're with you and shall fight them on the beaches.
  • Political Observer (PO) (25/07/2018, 14:28) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pure nonsense! The people has a RIGHT to know its taxpayers are being spent. Why is the MEC putting a cover the lamp/light? Let the sunshine in. Major political blunder by MEC who is salivating to be come Premier. The bell has been rung and can’t be unrung. The MEC needs to walk back this idiotic idea.
  • Liat 521 (25/07/2018, 15:34) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Poor funny man he crashing like a 747
  • Hmm (25/07/2018, 16:29) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    yet all ahyo still goin vote for he power hungry self, this man is sick and about himself
  • Hmmm (25/07/2018, 17:39) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    All Myron know is gutter politics.
  • Correct name (25/07/2018, 17:40) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Bald head real name is the dictator minister of allegations and lies and corruption.
  • wow (25/07/2018, 20:57) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    That's some serious blows for Walwyn....Fahie is a real pitbull....this is going to be a showdown like no other....while RDA stealing the show...look kicks....only in the BVI...did someone say lots of oreos in Tortola....Crackers Oreos Potato chips Cheeze trix Kibbles and bits... UK putting on the Ritz...WOW dog...Your head good?
  • voter (26/07/2018, 01:56) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    It’s clear to me that politicians for the most part forget that they are servants of the people, thus they serve us rather than we serving them. They are accountable to the voting public. They owe us a duty to be transparent so that all can see how the public purse is being managed. We seem to be living in an era where politicians are getting richer while the ordinary citizens are getting poorer. We as a people will no longer sit idly by and do nothing while our country is dragged to the bottom of the abyss because politicians are either to busy looking out for themselves and the few they decide to are worthy of government contracts as payback for votes. A change will come next election.
  • Funny!!! (26/07/2018, 10:23) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    I find it real strange that this website does not allow for any comment that speaks positively about the NDP or their team to be viewed by the public. HAHA. Yall are too funny.


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