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'I will vote for the Territory & people'- Hon Andrew A. Fahie

- VI Recovery & Development Agency Act 2018 to be debated today, March 22, 2018
Leader of the Opposition and First District Representative, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has said he will vote for what is best for the people and the territory when it comes to the VI Recovery and Development Agency Act 2018 to be debated in the House of Assembly today, March 22, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands Recovery & Development Agency Act 2018, which is aimed at bringing into law stipulations outlined by the United Kingdom in exchange for guarantees for hurricane recovery loans, was introduced to the House of Assembly (HoA) on March 15, 2018 by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), standing, right. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands Recovery & Development Agency Act 2018, which is aimed at bringing into law stipulations outlined by the United Kingdom in exchange for guarantees for hurricane recovery loans, was introduced to the House of Assembly (HoA) on March 15, 2018 by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), standing, right. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Today March 22, 2018 is earmarked to be the deciding day in Virgin Islands political history as it is the day that The VI Recovery and Development Agency Act 2018 is debated and possibly voted on and the big question is: How will the House of Assembly Members vote?

In a recent public statement, the Leader of the Opposition and First District Representative, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie gave his answer. “I will vote for what is best for the people and the territory at this time,” he emphatically stated.

The statement captioned Honourable ‘Andrew A. Fahie On The VI Recovery And Development Agency Act 2018’ was delivered yesterday March 21, 2018, and was addressed to the people of the Virgin Islands.

Can there be amendments?

It is the Opposition Leader’s intention to “try to strip the proposed legislation of those sections that will seek to restrict our autonomy and … to maximise the inclusion of our local involvement at all levels,” before the vote is made.

The Leader of the Opposition also maintains that “If this proposed legislation is a mandate of the UK that has been agreed by the Premier and cannot be amended, then it is the responsibility of the Governor and the Premier to inform the people of the Virgin Islands exactly what has been agreed. If and when approved the next government must be given some flexibility to meet agreed benchmarks and alter those terms and conditions as well as other restraining legislations that may be unattainable, unrealistic and not in the best interest of the people of the Virgin Islands.”

The mandated Recovery and Development Agency has been debated on many fronts and from many angles. Opposition and Backbenchers alike have all raised their concerns about the agency and thus the Bill before the House.

However, the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) has defended his position on the Agency and the Bill. During the Budget Address on March 19, 2018, he had reiterated that to not go ahead with the proposed initiative would be to “compromise the current way of life we all enjoy including that of the very people who oppose, but even more importantly, we must improve the lives of the people of the BVI who depend on us to do right by them. Madam Speaker, on this issue I must stand, as an experienced political leader on a matter of principle, for all the citizens and residents of the BVI now and generations yet unborn.”

Gov’t compromised

However, Hon Fahie begs to differ, stating that, “What we now know is that this NDP Government cannot negotiate in the best interest of the people at any time because they have been compromised.”

Constant and continuous party infighting, poor financial management and the distrust of the United Kingdom, party members and the general public have all proven that the NDP is compromised, the statement explained.

He went on to outline all the areas in the Territory’s Constitution that the National Democratic Party Government has violated and “Her Majesty [who] is represented in Cabinet by the Governor and have done nothing to correct this Constitutional violation.”

The ruling NDP Government has shown their lack of accountability and transparency when Laws they enacted to do such, were blatantly disregarded. The Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007, Public Finance Management Act, 2004 (No. 2 of 2004), Public Finance Management Regulations, 2005 Protocols for Effective Financial Management, Public Finance Management Amendment Act 2012, Hon Fahie said have all been violated in the six years of NDP leadership.  

“These primary legislations were all introduced and passed by an NDP Administration to ensure accountability, transparency and good governance in the administration of our territory’s financial affairs… the NDP Government has not adhered to any of those documents they passed!”

Who is to say that the establishment of the Agency by the new Act will not be met with the same disregard?

28 Responses to “'I will vote for the Territory & people'- Hon Andrew A. Fahie”

  • vegas (22/03/2018, 09:05) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    “I will vote for what is best for the people and the territory at this time,” .............. Isn't that what a politician is always supposed to do....?
    • @vegas (22/03/2018, 09:39) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes yes yes Vegas and that’s exactly what he said!! Get on the train!!!
      • vegas (22/03/2018, 10:06) Like (7) Dislike (16) Reply
        But by having to specifically tell people that is what he intends to do on this particular matter.... Mr. Fahie is acknowledging that he does not always vote for what is best for the people and the territory......
        • @ Vegas (22/03/2018, 11:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
          I think what Mr Fahie is trying to say without saying it, is he will vote YES for the recovery act
  • Lack of Trust (22/03/2018, 09:11) Like (13) Dislike (14) Reply
    We don't trust the NDP, but we don't trust you either.
    • Shoes got dirty (22/03/2018, 20:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Do for your country what will benefit generation to come Mr facie votes yes
  • HAHA (22/03/2018, 09:13) Like (22) Dislike (15) Reply
    Andrew please, we all know you were going to vote for the money regardless, you know better. You only come with this horse and pony show trying to fool off people. You had over 3 months to put forward an alternative solution to what is now on the table and we got ZERO from you and the others who just complained for weeks and weeks while the place remains like a warzone. Leaders are supposed to LEAD not full up the airwaves with BS. You don't agree with what is on the table but yet you can't put forward an alternate plan but we are supposed to elect you and VIP so you could be Premier?
    • Yes L***a... (22/03/2018, 09:42) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply

      Stop the blogging. I don’t expect you to support anyone other than your husband mr. Zzzzz so you could make up all the rules.

      Andrew will make a better Premier than you and mr. Zzzzz.

    • Reader (22/03/2018, 10:38) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
      Agreed. Where is/are the workable and more beneficial, more transparent alternatives? All the months spent criticizing and claiming to be "looking out for the Territory and people of the Virgin Islands (UK)", then election is right next year? All the time bloggers/and prospective politicians spend calling down the NDP and vowing to replace them, where is/are the slate/s of viable, credible and fit individuals to offer us the people better alternatives? I pray that before then, we will all make our " calling and election sure" in the name of The Creator and ONLY Redeemer Jesus Christ. The Word says "Accept me FIRST, and ALL Other Things, WILL be added unto you". Thy Word is Truth!
      • True (22/03/2018, 11:55) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
        They're all making Dr. Smith look like a GENIUS and true leader! After wasting so much time they can't put forward anything better and have to now vote with him.
        • pat (22/03/2018, 23:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          must be hard with only two opposition members to come up with an alternative plan. Bottom line, we need the money. NDP has proven to be untrustworthy and irresponsible. I don't blame UK for being careful. Some complain that UK talking down to BVI. Well why not? It hasn't proven itself and with this amount of money, there is room for fraud.
  • ... (22/03/2018, 09:29) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well said Hon fahie
  • i from here (22/03/2018, 09:32) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    Look how Dr Smith going sell the country
  • Unfortunately (22/03/2018, 09:37) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    Foy is not the answer to the bvi problems
    • To unfortunately (22/03/2018, 19:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Fahie is a much better leader than who we have now. He will be an excellent Premier.
  • double cross (22/03/2018, 09:55) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    I hope he is voting against this bill
  • See (22/03/2018, 10:25) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    We will wind up with no loans whatsoever ... and if we do it will be at the robbery rates of the local lenders . The UK is willing to back up the loans . Can stupidity be any more rampant ? This government has proved to the entire world over and over and over again that it cannot responsibly handle any sum of money . Pier park incomplete but 30 mil overrun , High school phoney wall , Airline that doesnt exist , Millions wasted on amateur road repairs , Sewage debacles every day , Water shortages , ...... etc . Are you kidding ? And we are yapping our gums about someone wanting oversight over loaned money ??? Do you want to see the country recovery or not ? If you want to see millions of dollars STOLEN then go with business as usual . Otherwise accept the loan conditions and deal with the INSANE POSSIBILITY of having to be at least somewhat transparent with the recovery expenditures . And one more thing ... since you cant even get your own fake airline to fly here ... dont waste millions on a runway and expect large passenger jets to fly here direct . Wont happen.
    • pete (22/03/2018, 23:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      brilliant. beggars can't be choosers. Pickering is asking for money but doesn't want to be talked down to. People want special treatment and respect when they are not in the driver's seat. There is a lot of pride going before a fall here.
      Play by the rules, prove yourself and then amend those agreements after being humble and being responsible.
      It's like saying "I really NEED something from you, but you have to give it to me nicely". really?
  • ??? (22/03/2018, 11:26) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Why is Andrew is in that picture trying to look all proud and prestigious and chit...?
  • PSA (22/03/2018, 14:22) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hate Hon. Fahie all y'all want but the last time we heard Dr. Zzzz stood his ground and justified his actions he gave away millions of our hard earned taxpayers money to get nothing. If he continues on this road this territory will once again recieve nothing. Stop pussy-footing with the documents the whole country wants to see them
  • Vote Progress. (22/03/2018, 14:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vote Yes let's more on.. Two wrong dont make things right..
  • rattie (22/03/2018, 16:18) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    so fahie selling us out, you see why we can't trust him!
  • sam the man (22/03/2018, 16:34) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    Believe it or not Andrew Fahie will be the next premier
    • lmao (22/03/2018, 20:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Premier of Big Bens yea..keep dreaming!
      • pat (22/03/2018, 23:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        And gas station, laundry mat, and pumped up land on the most important West End coast line without telling anyone what it is for (impacting the public for private gain with a boat yard in a beautiful view!) Also, making an industrial site right in the bend. TCPD?? CFD?? Planning??? where are you? oh ya.... making deals leaving the community in the dark.
  • Reply (23/03/2018, 00:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So Andrew switch not a good sign
  • NezRez (24/03/2018, 11:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the simple solution to both parties. Do you leaders know how bad this looks? Stop beating a dead horse! Yes our government messed up big time, but instead of pointing fingers and trying to big up yourselves by attacking and insulting each other, why not come together for the good of our country and just come forward with intelligent solutions. Enough of the childlike attacks wasting time and get down to grown up solutions to get us back on track for our survival. You are our leaders and this is not rocket science.

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