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Hon Myron V. Walwyn wants PAC cruise pier report withdrawn

-Claims witnesses to the PAC never had a chance to vet their statements before the report was made public
Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn called for the Final Report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the cruise pier project to be withdrawn because of the procedural failures and the factual inaccuracies. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn called for the Final Report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the cruise pier project to be withdrawn because of the procedural failures and the factual inaccuracies.

Speaking in the House of Assembly today July 29, 2014 the Minister said that the procedure where the witnesses were to get a copy of their witness statements was not followed.

“We cannot as the highest law making body in the land break our own rules. It doesn’t set the right example and it brings the House of Assembly into disrepute,” he said.

He read a letter purportedly from a person who had testified before the PAC and claiming that he or she was not afforded an opportunity to see his or her statements.

He also read another letter purporting to be from staff of the Ports Authority claiming that they had not seen their witness statements in accordance with the Standing Orders.

The Minister claimed that some things that were reported as coming from some of the witnesses they did not say.

“The evidence is clearly here. And I am calling on the members of the PAC to take the report off the table and do it properly and bring it back,” said Minister Walwyn.

“The procedure was not observed,” he said.

“You can’t just follow procedure when it suits you,” the Minister said. “I am calling for this report to be removed. It has to be taken back and brought back,” he said.

The PAC in its report revealed the breaking of laws of the Virgin Islands, stating on page 31, 1 in the summary that “the government spent two years and countless resources engaging processes that were contrary to Public Financial Management Regulations, in contravention of the BVI Ports Authority Act, non-transparent and untenable.”

The PAC in its report also blasted Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool for what it described as his “failure to confer with the Authority on the Cruise Ship Port Project”…as a result this “led to a costly redesign for the Government and the Authority in terms of time and resources.”

15 Responses to “Hon Myron V. Walwyn wants PAC cruise pier report withdrawn”

  • Real Talk (29/07/2014, 16:18) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    Where is the Beef??

    The document is now public. Let these witnesses who are complaining tell us where they have been misstated. Bring the proof.
    • fool (29/07/2014, 17:20) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      agreed, M is just trying to play lawyer now, getting evidence thrown out.
      There is something dirty with this issie, lets bare all and clean it up.
    • @ real talk (29/07/2014, 21:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      ndp and myron on the desprate train boss...the PAC is full of facts
  • Tiro (29/07/2014, 16:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    minister just bull doze the Pac report out of the HOA.
  • farmer brown (29/07/2014, 17:42) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    I hate to hear this dude speak he does sound so joky with his bad English
    • Reek of Jealousy (29/07/2014, 21:55) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
      You reek of jealousy. The Minister of Education is one of the most, if not the most, eloquent speakers in the HOA. He has an excellent command of the Queen’s English, something you clearly wish you had……you are obviously jealous of the honorable gentleman.
      • M**** (30/07/2014, 09:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        You are a Minister- so why pay attention to these blogs- you are being childish- probably another 10 years before you acquire the required maturity- if ever-
      • pat (30/07/2014, 17:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        educated people don't use "ain't" in a professional setting.
  • pete (29/07/2014, 20:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    "We cannot as the highest law making body in the land break our own rules. It doesn’t set the right example and it brings the House of Assembly into disrepute"
    “The procedure was not observed,”
    This is the crux of the whole matter. Why is it OK for one party to ignore procedure (and laws) and then call the other on it when they get caught?. It is generally agreed that BOTH parties act loose and free with laws they want to follow. But this has to stop somewhere. And now Myron wants to throw out the baby with the bath water. There is still enough substance to the charges to continue with the investigation. Confusing the issues still won't make it any neater or cleaner. The whole case is about following procedures and now they are protesting because of not following procedures?? Don't worry, the other party will get scrutinized too. But one case at a time.
  • bulldoser (29/07/2014, 21:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    the "Bull" at it again
  • east end (29/07/2014, 23:07) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Cant wait to vote ball head out
  • doc (30/07/2014, 06:40) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mister you think you are preparing for a criminal trial where you have to disclose all the statements and other documents to the defense. Did those persons provide a statement before they appear before PAC and if so who record those statements and was the statements read back to them and they sign it as true and correct. What utter crap are you chatting mister. I will like to know who was taking the notes when those people testified before PAC and are you now suggesting that the note taker did not record what the people say. You got to come better than that mister. If you want to prove a point, bring those persons from whom you claim you received those letters, let them come public and say that according to what they are hearing that is not what they said to PAC. All if you on the government side know that all did not go well with the negotiations into that cruise pier project there are too many questions than answers so all of you are trying you all utmost best to get it discarded but the message is already out there. I have listened to all of you thus far and I am still yet to here any of you all tell the people if this territory how did TPP received 1.7 millions and for what. It's no wonder why all of you are trying you all utmost best to have the report discarded. But as the old people will say, time longer than twine, and all that starts well will end well. The truth will be reveal
    • ABC (30/07/2014, 10:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      What is sickening about this is, their principle consultant on the Port Project advise the Ministry of Finance that TPP should be paid no more than $1.2 million dollars but their representative on the Board and others influenced the Board to pay TPP $1.7 million. Please tell me what happened to the extra $500,000 dollars.
      • shaw (30/07/2014, 15:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        and this practice was documented on several other occasions where one price was asked for and another higher amount was approved. what happened to the difference?
  • free (30/07/2014, 15:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did the witnesses for the other Report received a copy of their statement before revealing in the House?


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