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‘I am not under investigation for theft’- Hon Vanterpool

Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4). Photo: VINO/File
An artist's impression of the Tortola Pier Park Project. Photo: BVI Ministry of Communications & Works
An artist's impression of the Tortola Pier Park Project. Photo: BVI Ministry of Communications & Works
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has been dogged for years over allegations about his role in the $40M overrun on the Ports Development Project.

There are unconfirmed reports that he was asked not to run for office, however, those rumors were dismissed by the minister himself. 

On a radio show last evening Monday, October 1, 2018, on ZBVI 780 AM, Mr Vanterpool cleared the air. The Minister was at the time responding to a caller question about whether he was under investigation for theft and is to be indicted.

Hon. Vanterpool noted, “No! I am not under investigation for any theft or misappropriation of Government funds”.  The embattled Minister said also that he is opened for scrutiny “I am prepared to show my bank accounts for scrutiny in the event of such an inquiry.”

Where is the Ports Audit?

Meanwhile, the long-awaited audit of the ports project to account for the $40M overrun is yet to be made public, as many are still sceptical that the Government will investigate itself.  A few weeks ago Minister Vanterpool also assured the public that he or any Ministers have not stolen a dime from the project.

13 Responses to “‘I am not under investigation for theft’- Hon Vanterpool”

  • soooo (02/10/2018, 11:48) Like (47) Dislike (2) Reply
    so you think authorities will discuss it with you and seek your permission. Nahhh. There will be a shift in the BVI where the blatant unaccountability of public funds without punishment will cease and the sudden rise in millionair-rism of public officials who entered politics nearly under bankruptcy will cease. It gotta end somewhere. We see this happening worldwide and its only a matter of time before the hammer falls here in BVI.
    • The rick (02/10/2018, 20:59) Like (2) Dislike (15) Reply
      shut your butt you sound jelous of the man to me!
      • The rick (03/10/2018, 10:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        if it makes you feel better, go right ahead. Not because someone is our family, friend or associate makes their actions right, and those who speak out against it evil. The good book did say that the time will come when we call good, evil and evil, good. I don't envy nobody for what they got, especially cause I aint know how they come by it. I am very satisfied with what I worked the same butt off to acquire
  • ... (02/10/2018, 13:17) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    wow! and we believe
  • @Mark (02/10/2018, 14:14) Like (4) Dislike (21) Reply
    Don't listen to or let these miserable angry Island people get under your skin.
  • Law Abiding citizen (02/10/2018, 18:53) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    We believe you Mark. Lol
  • ?? (03/10/2018, 21:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who hides money in the bank?

    Situations that leave an opening for corruption include the principal/agent situation, poor transparency, weak systems, incompetent officials, conflicts of interest, urgent tenders (for example, when preference can be given by an official by requesting a supplier to quote – a verbal request, sometimes at the last minute), seeking justification to bend the rules, multi- jurisdictional corruption (deals between parties in two different countries, for example, arms deals), weak accountability arrangements, and weak internal controls...

    Are any of these factors found in our government???
  • just asking... (04/10/2018, 03:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How he got so rich?
  • ReX FeRal (04/10/2018, 03:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't let convenient amnesia get a hold of you Mark in these obsessions.
  • Political Observer (PO) (04/10/2018, 07:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    VI/BVI politics has reached the dung heap. Tribal politics is rampant. Partisanship is common place. Civility is long gone. Political patronage is integral to governing. Electorate has lost confidence and trust in some policians. The people’s buainess is regularly hidden from the people. The BVI is dangling precariously off a political, economic and social cliff. It (BVI) is in a sad place.

    Moreover, a politician’s performance, behaviour, trust and confidence factor, credibility, image, reputation.......etc normally stops some questions from rolling off the electorate’s lips. And if they do, the majority of people will rally to polician’s defence. However, when the people power is lost, we are in a sad state. What would bring a resident to publicly ask a politician if he is under investigation for thieving? Did the politician action(s) evoke that question? Was the questioner malicious or mischievous? Are there many other residents with the same view? Did poor understating project cost brought us to this point? Did the staff let the MCW down or he engineered this debacle? Where was the Premier? Is an independent investigation needed to earth the truth on the TPP issue? Yes. A government cannot investigate itself. The BVI needs action to disinfect this stench that it is in.
  • mr.hmmm (04/10/2018, 18:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He needs to go!

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