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Hon Myron V. Walwyn under investigation; NDP @ war with Governor

-National Democratic Party does not want new governor sworn in @ House of Assembly; Controversial Walwyn to face audit over small wall costing $1.6M
Governor John S. Duncan OBE, right, has ordered an investigation into Education and Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), right, for the small wall he built around the Elmore Stoutt High School and which cost $1.6M. Photo: VINO/File
Information reaching our newsroom is that Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, allegedly told Governor John S. Duncan OBE, right, that his Government has no interest in the newly appointed governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ being sworn in at the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
Information reaching our newsroom is that Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, allegedly told Governor John S. Duncan OBE, right, that his Government has no interest in the newly appointed governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ being sworn in at the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In a bombshell move, Governor John S. Duncan OBE has ordered an investigation into Education and Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

The investigation was ordered last week by the Governor via a letter dated July 20, 2017, and obtained by our newsroom. The letter by Governor Duncan was sent to the Auditor General requesting an immediate audit of the small wall, which cost tax payers over $1.6 million.

Last year when now Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) asked about the cost of the wall in the House of Assembly (HoA), Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) said the total cost of the small wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) was some $1,068,292.91.

Breaking of laws?

The million dollar wall construction never went out to public tender, which violated the Financial Management Act as well as the Protocol for Effective Financial Management. Mr Walwyn even claimed that if the small wall had gone out to tender “it would have cost $2M.”

However, in 2016 the controversial Minister for Education took to the air waves, claiming that his boss, the Premier, had misled the public as the wall, according to his Ministry of Education records, was less than the figure given.

The Minister said the cost was only $914,971.00. In addition, Mr Walwyn said the figure also included works done on Virgin Gorda, and the over a million dollar figure given by Dr Smith was inclusive of $251,000, which was identified as the amount needed to complete the project.

Tell the Truth

However, both the Premier and the Ministry of Finance stood by their figure and after months, Hon Walwyn came around and admitted the cost of the small wall was what the Minister of Finance told the Legislature in early 2016.

It is unclear what the finding of the investigation will mean and if anyone would go to jail if wrongdoing is unearthed.

Following local media reports on Mr Walwyn being under investigation over the wall, he again took to the air waves, claiming he has done nothing wrong and “I have nothing to hide” and he will cooperate with the audit.

Not in our House-NDP to Governor

Meanwhile, speaking two days ago to our senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources, they advised us that a few weeks ago Premier Smith allegedly told Governor Duncan they have no interest in the newly appointed governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ being sworn in at the House of Assembly.

They requested that his swearing in be done either at Government House or in a much scaled down ceremony, seeking to minimise the senior UK unelected civil servant’s role.  

This has created tension between the Government and the Governor and it is unclear how the stalemate will end as one person described it as “war.”

The media, civil society and talk show hosts are waiting to hear what other announcement Mr Duncan has up his sleeves before his delayed departure after the Virgin Islands Emancipation Celebration, which will end on August 13, 2017.

59 Responses to “Hon Myron V. Walwyn under investigation; NDP @ war with Governor”

  • pat (25/07/2017, 14:06) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino ayo late deman
  • Yes (25/07/2017, 14:10) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply

    He was telling people that Mark is going straight to jail now look who is going to jail...

    • the rock (25/07/2017, 17:14) Like (8) Dislike (46) Reply
      Hon myron don't mind the noise, you are the peoples man, they can't touch you!
    • Ajic (26/07/2017, 08:20) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      No wonder they pushing hárd for independence. If we go independent the government can do what they want with no accountability. Lock them up Governor if they can't say what they did with our money!
  • Shhhhh (25/07/2017, 14:11) Like (34) Dislike (5) Reply
    They say he threatening the contractors to keep their mouth shut or what he will do them if they talk.
  • Cubano (25/07/2017, 14:13) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's what you get for messing with the Cuban.
  • 40 m over run (25/07/2017, 14:14) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    What about the aother M
  • SHAME (25/07/2017, 14:15) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply

    Look how m......gone & disgrace Elmore Stoutt name with a wall and thi.....g.

  • russian (25/07/2017, 14:20) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
    Trump said he got nothing to hide too
  • Hmmm (25/07/2017, 14:21) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply

    He came into politics broke? now he's bragging that he's not hand to mouth. 

    • BOTC (25/07/2017, 22:25) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      It's really time for M to go. A graceful exit might salvage some iota of respect.
  • Eyeopening (25/07/2017, 14:23) Like (45) Dislike (15) Reply
    Mr. Governor, continue to do your job right up to the end please. The NDP government has done a lot of wrong, finances, nepotism, no-accountability, rouge behaviour, they are a law to themself...
    Now that everything is coming to light, the government is playing the victim, and being
    downright rude, disrespectful to Her Majesty.
    Whatever is happening to the government it is of there own making.
    Thank God, that God is not sleep, all the dirtiness is coming to light. Justice is mine says the Lord. God will use a man or woman to bring Justce for these British Virgin Islands.
  • just asking... (25/07/2017, 14:23) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    So why they pissing off the new governor who has all the cards?
  • The (25/07/2017, 14:35) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    sate of politics has taken a very nasty turn in the BVI. The quest for money and power fueled by obsessive greed has defoliated our politics.
  • friend (25/07/2017, 14:42) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    But is that the same man who say i did not touch a thing that not mind?
    • zoe (25/07/2017, 20:15) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
      is that the same man who say google Andrew Fahie???? when you digging a hole for yourself dig 2
  • fahie (25/07/2017, 14:52) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now we can google myron too
  • John doe (25/07/2017, 14:59) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply

    So what happened to the PS in the Min. Of ...., AM, is he under investigations too?

  • me (25/07/2017, 15:01) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    look thing to talk the BVI government think they will walk over mother Land England they need to stop with they childish act.
  • WTF (25/07/2017, 15:09) Like (38) Dislike (4) Reply
    The whole bunch need to be locked up.
  • former supporter (25/07/2017, 15:12) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    I had so much confidence in Myrun but I cannot support this kind of unethical behavior and playing like he is a saint. This is bad.
    • Wheelagain (25/07/2017, 16:48) Like (7) Dislike (27) Reply

      Nobody has found the man guilty of anything so what unethical behaviour are you talking about? You are concluding that he has some wrongdoing? This is the work of white-men who think the BVI too good for black people. Wake up, people. Can't you see this is all a plot to bring down Myron so the Cuban can move in. Remember they didn't want Cuban for no takeover from Doc. The favour was with Myron. So it is all a cook-up, A......., Cuban, Du......n and the Others to muzzle the NDP. We not voting for the Cuban nor A.........., so wheel and come again.

  • Windy (25/07/2017, 15:22) Like (2) Dislike (43) Reply
    Why john duncan picking on our next Premier?
  • The (25/07/2017, 15:23) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    ground work is being laid, like the Cayman Islands, for the retaking of our country and its finances.
  • Our (25/07/2017, 15:31) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
    state of politics has taken a very nasty turn in the BVI. The quest for money and power fueled by obsessive greed has defoliated our politics.

    The calling for the head of a ruling party indicates a desire to destroy not build consensus and get things done in the interest of country.

    The call for the chopping off of the head of the snake is a call for domination over that snake.

    Our nation is entering a period of deep peril.

    One party is trying to keep the nation moving forward and the other is trying to destroy it and the nation for personal and political gain only.

    One servant may have shown, publicly, interest in exploring a self determination path, now he is under investigation. Coincidence? Think again.

    One servant oversees the finances of country and now his head is being called for. Coincidence? Think again

    Our politics are being denigrated into septic tanks of the ambitiously greedy.

    Those appear to be calculated political moves designed to weaken and discredit a party that is definitely trying to push the BVI forward.

    It is hoped that the people are watching and studying and will be wise enough when the time comes.
    • To our (25/07/2017, 16:18) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      Stop talking piddle. Wrong is wrong no matter who it is or what good they are doing. The bad out weighs the good. No one is above the law. Whatever is happening to the NDP they have caused it on themselves so stop encouraging wrong doing and blaming others for the government unravelling.
  • Wes (25/07/2017, 15:46) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Clearing the way for the Handsome Cuban
    • MYPEOPLE (25/07/2017, 16:39) Like (16) Dislike (12) Reply
      You mean clearing the way for the White-men's puppet. We will not vote for no person who does not respect how Virgin Islanders came to be owners of their lands. We will not vote for no person who favour white men's opportunity over the future of another Virgin Islands generation. We will not vote for someone who cannot discern the ways of the wicked. We do not want as a Premier a man or woman who does not think about the best interest of country over their few rich friends.
      • @ mypeople (25/07/2017, 18:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        At least great then you are not voting for myrun
      • To My people (25/07/2017, 18:24) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
        We will not fall for your gossip. The ndp praised the Governor when he didn't look into the Cruise Pier but cursing him now that he's looking into them. So get away.
  • R I p (25/07/2017, 17:57) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    The governor is ordenring to do that investigación, because the minister Walwin. I díd not kneel before him. That all. Mr Duncan going in peace. Mr Duran, you want or not, mr Walwin will be the next Premier
  • respect (25/07/2017, 18:29) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    When you have no respect for queen's representative it's reflects poorly on us as citizens of these beautiful Virgin Islands. Governor thank you for doing your job you surely has open or eyes to what has been going on in the country that have led us to financial hardship. It is hoped that Justice will be serve. The treasury cannot continue to lose money's on these projects for which there is no value for money and for things continue to get rich on the back of the citizens of the country. This must stop. All ministers in this government have questionable projects in their ministry for which value for money has not been ascertain but yet they go around fooling the people and pointing fingers when corruption has become the norm while they continue to put us further into poverty. I not voting for them again. You have one less vote.
  • Huh? (25/07/2017, 18:37) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dictating where the new Governor will be sworn in? Is this pettiness for real? I reeeeeeeaaally hope not. Otherwise, what is this government's problem with Her Majesty all of a sudden? They just are making it exceedingly obvious that they have things to hide. Never in all my 28 years on the earth, have I heard of such contention between our government and the governor. As a matter of fact; I've always known the two roles to go hand in hand. Give me a break!
    • my country (25/07/2017, 23:41) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
      The mind is a terrible thing to waste. No one is stopping the Governor from being sworn in the building that Houses the House of Assembly, but the Members do not need to be summons for a swearing in. If the Speaker does not call them to the House, let the Governor go siddung and leave the people of the Virgin Islands do their bidding.
  • wize up (25/07/2017, 19:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jail house rock!!!!!
  • weed (25/07/2017, 20:10) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Every project that the NDP did need investigating, From georgie hill road down to the sewage project, and the ports and eshs wall
  • rattie (25/07/2017, 20:13) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe this ESHS Wall Audit to be a precursor of what is really coming down the pipeline.
  • ta ta (25/07/2017, 20:19) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The governor smart why the hell he wait until he ready to leave to request investigation knowing fully well he don't care about the outcome.??????? He holds all the cards in the end!!!
  • pat (25/07/2017, 20:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    what's done in darkness will come to light.
  • dude (25/07/2017, 20:40) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    the governor will be the governor no matter where he is sworn in
    these politicians are worse than children
  • Joke Gov. (25/07/2017, 21:29) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    So ok y'all go vote VIP then, like the same strategy ain't gonna b a bit repetitive on a smaller scale (sarcasm), the other pier park minister is just observing right now, but let me tell ayo something it ain't No jail time for that man, mr. governor YOU mean u have to do some sort of investigation before u leave the island for the "new" governor huh????
  • oh yes (25/07/2017, 22:19) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    The long mess in the education nightmare is finally ending soon
  • HAHA (25/07/2017, 23:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Somebody should have tell big man that Beer cheaper than Champagne
  • Street reporter (26/07/2017, 07:05) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    Myron leave the Premiership alone, them man will sink you before you get that...We all know your sin is minor in comparison to your haters...
  • Reader (26/07/2017, 11:10) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Whatever decision the Governor makes should not be done as a personal vendetta. It should be done for ALL who were/are subject to scrutiny. God is not a respecter of persons. We are not to be partial.
  • cdc (26/07/2017, 15:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron again. U would think that he is Clean.....Its see what the Audit says.....
  • Xxx (26/07/2017, 23:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It will take decades to recover from his vengeful and mean-spirited "governing."

  • civil servant (26/07/2017, 23:20) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    I for one applaud this move by the Governor John Duncan
  • cay (27/07/2017, 21:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is it with some politicians, where it comes to them not seeing the plight of the average BVIslander, huh?
  • watch the game (27/07/2017, 22:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    More revelations come about where all this money to blow the bars comes!!!
  • Anonymous (28/07/2017, 20:27) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The house of cards is beginning to fall and none too soon.

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