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‘I need more office space & my cistern still leaks’- Governor Duncan

- United Kingdom appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE complains in his 2015 Annual Report about his major challenges
Government House, where Governor of the Virgin Islands John S. Duncan OBE resides. Photo: VINO/File
Governor John S. Duncan OBE in his 2015 Report complained that his cistern still leaks and that he has ‘limited office space.’ Photo: VINO/File
Governor John S. Duncan OBE in his 2015 Report complained that his cistern still leaks and that he has ‘limited office space.’ Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the time of Governor John S. Duncan OBE as the Virgin Islands Overseas Territory’s Governor, an un-elected post, expires next year and many saying he is one of the worst Governors yet to serve in that role, he has listed many of his challenges as a Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) senior civil servant.

His challenges were revealed in his 2015 Report made public this week.

The Governor’s Office Report was laid on the table of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) of its Second Session on December 19, 2016 by Premier and Leader of Government Business Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL).

Stop the cistern leak & pay for it- Governor

Governor Duncan complained in his 2015 Annual Report that he has “limited office space, resulting in the conversion of the conference room into office space to accommodate staff.”

In addition, on page 9 of the report, Mr Duncan raised again his leaking cistern where he lives at the state-owned and built Governor’s Residence paid for and maintained by taxpayers.

He said the majority of funding for the House was used for repairs of the long standing cistern leak.

The appointed Governor warned that “the lack of an agreed and funded programme of depreciation and long-term maintenance lies at the heart of the issues at the House.”

Governor Duncan, who seems to be more concerned about his free housing and living conditions over good governance of the overseas territory, wrote in his 2015 Governor's Office Annual Report that if his taxpayers funded House is not addressed it will “result in unpredictable spending patterns and expensive remedial action.”

Is Ministry of Finance blocking my repairs?- Governor

While calling for more spending to repair and maintain his Government House, Mr Duncan complained in his report about the “inability to access funds due to stipulations implemented by the Ministry of Finance resulted in much needed plans for office improvement not being commenced in 2015.”

In another twist in his introductory message in his 2015 report, His Excellency claimed that “the governor does not represent either the United Kingdom, or the BVI Government, but acts as an intermediary between the United Kingdom (UK) and the Territory’s elected representatives.”

In fact in the next statement he contradicted himself by stating “the governor is directly responsible to the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary for the Security and Good Governance of the Territory in order to meet the aforementioned United Kingdom responsibilities.”

In other words, Mr Duncan is trying to fool the people by speaking from two sides of his mouth when in fact he admits he reports to the UK FCO in order to carry out his duties as Governor, while still trying to mislead the public in his report by claiming he does not represent the UK.

Many of the Governor’s critics continue to complain that he has no regards for law and order, the constitution and his own integrity is questionable.

23 Responses to “‘I need more office space & my cistern still leaks’- Governor Duncan”

  • Bandit (23/12/2016, 11:22) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
    I think the good governor needs to ask the UK for the monies that are needed to do the repairs on the house and the cistern.
    • I agree (23/12/2016, 11:53) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree. The Governor's house should not be in a state of disrepair but the funds should come from UK or the queen (or whoever it is he comes here to represent).
    • Huu (25/12/2016, 07:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Support your comment 100%
  • civil servant (23/12/2016, 11:48) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good piece this governor is bad news
  • wize up (23/12/2016, 12:04) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    let Buckingham deal with the maintenance of that property; its bad enough we had to build it now let Her Majesty pay for the upkeep and paying the staff at government house: shift that money to help with our schools system
  • Help (23/12/2016, 12:04) Like (38) Dislike (0) Reply
    OUR MONEY IS LEAKING FROM THE TREASURY
  • dog (23/12/2016, 12:14) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    while there is a credible issue with maintenance on ANY government building (including the old post office) leading to potential "demolition by neglect", the Governor's overall attitude since he has been here has been one of waiting out his post instead of helping with governing. One saw that with his lack of support on the audit for the Pier Park.
    We do know that preventative maintenance has always been a problem, but if he wants more office space, make a deal with legislature and quit whining.
    • just asking... (23/12/2016, 13:38) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      where was he when people from the courts were in a building wearing face mask? What a selfish man
  • Duncan! (23/12/2016, 12:37) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go Home!
  • weak (23/12/2016, 13:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can u imagine this man is the head of cabinet and he can get the governor to repair a cistern leak all he has to do is issue a directive.
  • Mr. Governor. Sorry to hear. (23/12/2016, 13:51) Like (52) Dislike (0) Reply
    Duncan. Hmm. Are you gettting wet.? Where are we going to get the money from? We can't even get pay on time.. If you Mr. Duncan had ensure good governance and accountability. You would have Money to fix your cistern.. We would get paid on time. U Mr. Governor have failed us.
  • clear (23/12/2016, 14:13) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    This governor has not done this territory any good. He is enjoying a vacation here Heseems to leave the territory more often than any other governor. Hope he leaves soon. He has allowed the ministers and the whole finance ministry to run a muck. Hope when he gets back to England he will be made to account for his stewardship.
  • mildred (23/12/2016, 14:34) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply

    what more he want from we taxpayers look how many governors live there and be happy .but he want all we people money to pay for his life style and housing .he hear the country broke .he aint getting wet .so give us a break .the year aint finish yet. them in control lol

    • Trump (23/12/2016, 16:41) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      who build the house with the leaking cistern? seeing he does not want to investigate the ports project he needs to at least investigate that as it benefits him
  • DON Q (23/12/2016, 15:20) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Worst governor is joke
  • Strupes (23/12/2016, 16:29) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    all them party he keeping, why he don't use some ah that money?
  • Pagliacci (23/12/2016, 18:52) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh you poor thing having to suffer congestion and leaks on top of it while people have nothing to eat.
  • Soo Funny (23/12/2016, 19:12) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply

    Goes to show that they pick all kind of Peter n Paul to come here who don't know S**** about what they or their duties are about. It's a crying shame this is what we the BVI has come to. A CRYING SHAME I SAY. No concern for the rise In crime. No concern about the security of our territory but more for a leaking cistern. If he ask for the material and pretend he going to do it himself SOMEBODY might take him serious. Sometimes that's all it takes, a little fooling but NO I'm the governor. We had a governor here who use to drive himself, wear odd socks, go in the schools and play his guitar, walk alone and did his territorial duties. What THe @#$& he do since he here other than hold parties and frigging complain. mehson excuse yourself

  • Political Observer (PO) (24/12/2016, 04:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor John Duncan is chatting crap that he is neither representing the UK nor the VI. Stop the intermediary crap. You represent the U.K., particularly QE II. The dearly parted and the blind know that he is chatting crap. He is insulting the intelligence of VI residents, pissing on them and telling them it is raining. The Guv has been an abject failure; one of the worst, weakest and least productive that ever vacation in the VI. Assignment to outposts (colonies) as OTs are viewed, seems as a place to go to chill or hide( cannot do too much harm)before retirement. It is a tropical vacation before retirement.

    As a member of the G7 or G8, the UK surely can afford and should have been in the forefront of the planning, designing, constructing and maintaining the housing and administrative spaces for its local representative. The UK since the mid 70s perhaps have not provided direct support for the VI. The last capital project that comes to mind is the construction of the jail. Is it not interesting that it funded a jail and has not funded a school or other educational institution? Does it not speak volume as to how we are viewed?

    Moreover, the Guv seems more concerned about government house real estate than the health, safety and well-being of residents. Just have the UK fix the damn cistern; residents are funding everything else. Yes, Government House (need a name change) is a taxpayer investment that must be protected, i.e., maintained........etc. But the people built it and the least the U.K.can do is maintain it. UK pick the next Guv from at least the middle of the barrel, not the bottom. Furthermore, do not just push a Guv on us; the VI need input on the selection of Guv. Guv non voyage! Mic
  • street reporter. (24/12/2016, 08:19) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he was doing his Job and was liked... A private citizen would have already come forward to fix his cistern for free. This is a true testimony to his dislike and ineffectiveness. Once the BVI people like you. They give the clothes on their back.
  • Online Now (24/12/2016, 11:56) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not a racist


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