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‘I support the peoples’ march & will be there’-Opposition Leader

-Held second in a series of meetings this time with the people of Jost van Dyke, over 50 present
‘I support the peoples’ march & will be there’-Opposition Leader. Photo: Team of Reporters
A section of the gathering at at Foxy’s Bar on Jost van Dyke. Photo: Team of Reporters
A section of the gathering at at Foxy’s Bar on Jost van Dyke. Photo: Team of Reporters
A section of the gathering at at Foxy’s Bar on Jost van Dyke. Photo: Team of Reporters
A section of the gathering at at Foxy’s Bar on Jost van Dyke. Photo: Team of Reporters
LITTLE HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI - Opposition Leader, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has publicly declared his support for the ‘Peoples’ March,’ set for Friday June 8, 2018. According to the Opposition Leader, “I support the march and I will be there.”

The declaration came on Wednesday June 6, 2018, during a public meeting held at Foxy’s Bar on Jost van Dyke (JvD) with scores of residents.

The meeting comes on the heels of a similar outreach on sister island, Virgin Gorda, on May 31, 2018 and was held under theme, 'Our Past, Our Present, Our Future.’

Calling on residents on Tortola to be more sensitive to the needs of the sister islands, the Opposition Leader used the occasion to announce his support the demonstration starting from 2:00 PM at the Sunday Morning Well heading to the Central Administration Complex. 

People power

Hon. Fahie—who is also the Chairman of the main Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP)—told the JvD residents, the public outreaches are to “listen to the people, while discussing current issues and working on solutions.”

He said the time has come “to flip the pyramid,” since, the Premier and his Ministers along with the House of Assembly Members and Technocrats are at the top of the ‘power pyramid’, and the people are at the bottom—a message he delivered to Virgin Gordians.

The Opposition Leader explained saying, people are at the bottom of the power structure, “forgotten and disrespected” and claimed to know of cases where “some residents are afraid to go to their district representative who they voted for every election.”

The vibrant young leader also told JvD residents of an ambitious legislative agenda, “to restore accountability, transparency and good governance.”

Legislative Agenda

The First District Representative called for ‘Whistle Blowing Legislation’ to help reduce government corruption and to protect civil servants form victimisation, once they report wrong doing.

According to Hon Fahie, he is also keen on legislation that caters for integrity in public life and to strengthen the registrar of interest policy.

Another important part of his legislative agenda—should his VIP take power—is a review of government’s procurement systems for contracts. This, in order to bring more accountability and fairness, he said.

Hon Fahie disclosed too, a desire to see Cabinet decisions being made public so, there is “collective responsibility.”

According to the Opposition Leader, he would also like to see “a banking system on the sister islands,” adding, “I know of the hardship for residents to come to Tortola, pay a boat, catch a taxi and most often be told to come back tomorrow especially,  for public services.”

At the end of his presentation there was an interactive question and answer segment, where residents raised issues, of government accountability, a lack of preparedness for the 2018 hurricane season and challenges with the National Health Insurance (NHI) and Customs and Immigration clearances, among other pressing domestic issues.


12 Responses to “‘I support the peoples’ march & will be there’-Opposition Leader”

  • The Leader (07/06/2018, 12:02) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    of the pack for sure.
  • A (07/06/2018, 12:04) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    True BVIlander we can believe in.
  • Dee (07/06/2018, 14:07) Like (13) Dislike (17) Reply
    Mr Fahie, congrats on your meetings so far, but when are you gonna announce your sleight of candidates? You need to at least say something at this stage of the game. We are patient but its overdue now man.
  • Bohannon (07/06/2018, 15:06) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Try get the hill man on your card.
  • me (07/06/2018, 16:29) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like this legislative agenda that Fahie has introduced.
  • My Take (07/06/2018, 16:30) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
    I have seen Fahie mature into a man that will be one of the greatest leaders the BVI and the Caribbean has ever seen.
  • First district (07/06/2018, 16:31) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    We are proud of our man on a mission.
  • JVD Resident (07/06/2018, 16:33) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon. Fahie we loved your ideas for a better BVI. You didn't have most of our support before but you have it now as well as our respect.
  • On Point (07/06/2018, 16:34) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    I find each of Fahie's public presentations in these public meetings around the BVI to be on point. I love this matured version of Hon. Fahie.
  • simple (07/06/2018, 16:41) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
  • HLS (08/06/2018, 09:33) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Died but he left behind a true leader in 1st district. Hats off to the people that holds your hands there in the West.
  • yrral (16/06/2018, 10:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even rural parts of America,are up first world standards,even though this British territory,when an American come to Virgin Island ,they do not want to live under third world condition.they are are willing to pay higher taxes for governmental service,you cannot support tourist and not be up to first world standard,if you cannot meet the need of local ,how can you meet the need of tourist ,the Island should not be used as tax haven for the wealthy ,while the Island poor suffer

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