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Hon Fahie maintains 'NDP is the most corrupt'

- said NDP wants district representatives to account for $120,000 a year but they won’t account for millions in over expenditure regarding the cruise pier project
Senior member of the Virgin Islands Party and incumbent First District candidate Andrew A. Fahie reiterated his accusation of the National Democratic Party (NDP) being full of corruption, an accusation he had first made in January this year. Photo: VINO
From left to right are VIP Fifth District Candidate Zoe J. Walcott McMillan, Second District candidate Rajah A. Smith and First District incumbent candidate Andrew A. Fahie. Photo: VINO
From left to right are VIP Fifth District Candidate Zoe J. Walcott McMillan, Second District candidate Rajah A. Smith and First District incumbent candidate Andrew A. Fahie. Photo: VINO
Team VIP Saturday night at the launch of the party's campaign. Photo: VINO
Team VIP Saturday night at the launch of the party's campaign. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Senior member of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and incumbent First District candidate Andrew A. Fahie reiterated his accusation of the National Democratic Party (NDP) being full of corruption, an accusation he had first made in January this year.

This time, however, he backed up his accusation by emphasising to the crowd that “you could tell them I say so".

Delivering his report to the First District on January 24, 2015 in Capoon’s Bay, Tortola, Hon Fahie had accused the NDP Government as being the most corrupt in the modern history of the Virgin Islands, setting off a firestorm of reactions from that party’s members.

Speaking at the launch of the VIP’s campaign 2015 on Saturday night May 16, 2015, Hon Fahie was deliberate in his use of the word corruption with regards to the NDP.

“When you vote for the Virgin Islands Party you will be voting to put the government, your government, back into your hands, the hands of you the people. When you vote for the Virgin Islands Party you will be voting to stomp out fear, victimisation, political vindication, bold face corruption, among many other negative, unwarranted behaviours that this Administration has and continues to display,” said Hon Fahie.

Cannot make ends meet

He said more than ever in this territory a significant number of persons cannot make ends meet. “More than ever more of our people are having their hours being cut back on the job. More than ever more of our people’s position on their jobs are being made redundant. More than ever more of our people are losing their jobs with the poor economy being highlighted as the reason. Hence, other than the NDP, everyone else recognises that the economy in these Virgin Islands is not robust. The cost of living is higher than ever. Yet we hear this Administration bragging about progress.”

Hon Fahie noted that the NDP has done a few things “that we can see so as to dazzle our eyes and play with our minds” as if this is some game while the people’s pockets continue to feel the pain.

He accused the NDP of trying to distract the minds of the people in the short elections campaign.

“Imagine they are telling you the people to ask those of us that are elected to account for the $120,000 that is allocated to each district representative each budget year,” he said, saying that while he has no issues with making sure that the money was accounted for, Government should be held to the same standard.

“This is public funds and I am in full agreement that every dime must be accounted for. They full well know that these funds cannot sustain projects nor bush cutting nor any other major works to be done in the district,” said Hon Fahie.

“However, I cannot understand how they are asking for an account of $120,000 each representative receives yearly, which we should and we will and must account for, but they closed off the House of Assembly abruptly without accounting for:
1) $19 million of unpaid invoices. No wonder most vendors do not want to do business with this government anymore.
2) They closed down the House of Assembly without accounting for the over $100 million in over spending and other financial transactions in the three years of their Administration.
3) They closed down the House of Assembly without accounting for the accounts of this Territory. They have not produced one audited financial statement but now on the campaign trail trying to explain to big people with sense why this has not been done,” he said.

What we don’t see will haunt us

He reminded persons in the audience that the needed Cruise Pier extension that is $61 plus million dollars in expenses to date has only $41 plus million dollars of money in hand to pay for the $61 plus million dollars in bills.

“Also one must ask why the ships are only docking on the left side of the newly extended dock. One must ask where the extra $20 will plus million dollars come from to pay for the excess bills. All these and more remain unaddressed and unaccounted for but they want us to forget these things and only focus on the things we can see. But it is want we don’t see is what is going to haunt us as a people for years to come,” said Hon Fahie.

He noted that this kind of careless and reckless financial conduct has consequences and that somebody has to pay for these mishaps. “That somebody is you the people. While this government blows over $100,000 to celebrate the needed Cruise Pier extension, schools do not have paper, chalk, and many other needed school supplies because they are constantly told that there is no money,” he said.

He noted that from the actions of this Administration one would think that the cruise pier was just constructed and now is the first time that the cruise ships are coming to the Virgin Islands. He noted too that the Virgin Islands Party built the cruise pier, lengthened it and strengthened it.

Hon Fahie reiterated his concern that while public servants were being told that they could not get their increments, because there was no money since the last Administration, according to them, left the country broke, the NDP Government still found money to pay consultants.

“Yet in the same breath they are busy paying over $18 million dollars to consultants. Please be mindful that all governments need consultants at some point but if you cannot find the money to pay the public servants increment, if you cannot afford supplies for schools, then the consultants must suffer the same fate. Either you have money or you don’t,” said Hon Fahie.

27 Responses to “Hon Fahie maintains 'NDP is the most corrupt'”

  • Bingo (18/05/2015, 09:22) Like (10) Dislike (18) Reply
    Don't worry we will address that June 8
  • old people (18/05/2015, 09:24) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    It is so unfair for public officers still not getting their increments
    • jokes (18/05/2015, 19:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You will get it by this May month end cause we got to secure those vote. Ridiculous. Not all Civil Servants vain.
  • Scare tactics (18/05/2015, 09:36) Like (40) Dislike (15) Reply
    Scare tactics not good enough. When VIP was in there, things were a lot worse. I still remember so just stop!
  • Hmmmm (18/05/2015, 09:45) Like (39) Dislike (6) Reply
    Sooooo answer the question what did you do with $120,000 for the first district?
    • yes sir! (18/05/2015, 12:12) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly, just like these VIP guys, don't answer the question, cuz we should forget the past! I promise we'll be good this time, yeah, just like you did last time, hmmm?
    • HMP (18/05/2015, 19:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I did not expect anything better, an answer with a question.
  • Exactly (18/05/2015, 09:53) Like (13) Dislike (17) Reply
    Sometimes I still wonder, how people still support the NDP. The opposition is there to keep the government transparent and accountable but they clearly closed the HOA to avoid all of that. How can you vote for a government you cannot trust? How can you vote for a government who has shown that they will not answer to the people. But once people get their roads fixed and speed bumps made then we forget all of s sudden!
  • ChangeofHeart (18/05/2015, 09:54) Like (11) Dislike (13) Reply
    This Article Give Me A Wake Up Call....VIP all the way...I ain for who got the crowd i for who got the people!
  • true tolian (18/05/2015, 10:10) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is garbage this man is speaking about hours being cut back.I have worked in the tourism sector for many
    years and winter is always our best production time which is about 30 oct thru april,after that things begin to
    slow down because it is now summer so people can enjoy some places at home where it is warm no snow.
  • weed (18/05/2015, 10:12) Like (15) Dislike (14) Reply
    fahie is on to something NDP wil go!
  • farmer brown (18/05/2015, 10:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    tell u fahie
  • Oh yeah (18/05/2015, 10:45) Like (21) Dislike (9) Reply
    Corrupt he said!!?? Well vote the VIP in and see what happens then. England will be here in a flash. Power hungry people do desperate things.
  • me (18/05/2015, 10:46) Like (18) Dislike (9) Reply
    Is Fahie for real? Him and Alvin need to tell the people how the $120K is being spent. Put up or shut up.
  • Come On! (18/05/2015, 10:47) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    Fahie, $120K x 4yrs = $480,000.00. Please tell us what you did with the money. Thank you.
    • Outspoken (18/05/2015, 14:21) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      You all sound so stupid about Fahie must tell people how the 120k was spent. You all think he can take it and spend it without any accountability. It's not like he was given the $120k in his hand, he must go through a process in order to get portion of that money to do something for his people. I just don't understand how some of our people can be so shallow as to be calling on fahie to show what he did with the $120k, the accountant General should have all the records. You all should now be concern about the $5k that is presently at the treasury for Ms. P for financial assistance. You all should asked yourself the question as to what financial assistance. There are a lot going on here under this administration but we are turning a blind eye to them but want to pull down others who opposed them.
    • Huh? (18/05/2015, 19:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      4 years. The government walked off the job. That is 3 years and 5.5 months. Not even 3.6 (which is 3 and one half).
  • thing teh talk (18/05/2015, 11:01) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply

    The NDP dissolved the house prematurely because baldhead and the speekah were caught with their hands in the c****e j*r. So to avoid the embarrassment the house was dissolved.

  • vote VIP all the way! (18/05/2015, 11:03) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
    The NDP walked off the job so fire them!
  • VG Realist (18/05/2015, 11:11) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    You damn people need to stop thinking that $120,000 dollars annually per district is enough to run a district. That is $10,000 per month and with the growing needs in each community, THAT IS NOT ENOUGH MONEY FOR DISTRICT ALLOCATION. Stop the Nonsense!
  • pat (18/05/2015, 11:44) Like (6) Dislike (20) Reply
    A vote for the ndp is a vote for the uk to take over the bvi
  • Pussers West (18/05/2015, 12:03) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    What Fahie did with the $480,000.00 he got ?
  • My boy (18/05/2015, 12:29) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    Can some one please tell Andrew Fahie that election is in a few weeks
    what does he plan to do for the people. LMAO
  • Yes (18/05/2015, 14:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Set of thiefs
  • Seriously (19/05/2015, 10:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How quickly we as a people forget! While I am not saying that the NDP team is the best government it sure is better than what we had with the VIP. Andrew brave to say that foolishness.....seems like has forgotten that he and his wife should be in a federal prison all now but it's the same corrupt government-Premier Smith who saved his ass.....yet he and his wife are still able to walk these streets with heads held high....no other place in the world they could go....look Omar Hodge yes he not running but he stole from the People for years and was still voted in.....People of the Virgin Islands it takes more than 4 years to fix the problems of a country a wound doesn't heal overnight....we know what we have, we don't know what we gonna get....vote is not for friend-friend or lip service, vote for progression, vote for country, vote for the best leadership....use your heads!
  • Wellsah (20/05/2015, 17:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well if it's corruption make us have better roads and seeing other progress then we like them that way!!! You too smart for us that is why I am still looking to see what you and your party did for the BVI!


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