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Kevin C. Smith back in gov’t with $100G a year consultancy!

Mr Kevin C. Smith aka 'OJ', according to our newsroom’s well placed sources inside the National Democratic Party (NDP), signed a two year consultancy contract in January 2016 and he is assigned to the Ministry of Finance. Photo: VINO/GIS
Mr Kevin C. Smith lost twice to Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA (left) at general elections. Right: Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith could not be reached for comments on Smith's consultancy contract. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Kevin C. Smith lost twice to Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA (left) at general elections. Right: Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith could not be reached for comments on Smith's consultancy contract. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration has rehired one of its losing candidates, Kevin C. Smith aka ‘OJ’ on a two year consultancy.

The new consultancy commences January 2016.

Mr Smith, a Virgin Islander, contested the 2011 and 2015 general elections with the NDP against Hon Julian Fraser RA, who is now the Leader of the Opposition for the Third District seat.

Mr Smith, according to our newsroom’s well placed sources inside the NDP, signed a two year consultancy contract in January 2016 and he is assigned to the Ministry of Finance.

$100G consultancy contract 2016

The value of the two year contract is approximately $100,000 a year plus benefits. It is unclear the scope of Mr Smith’s assignment with the Ministry of Finance as both the Minister of Finance and Territorial At Large Representative Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith and Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith could not be reached for comments.

Following the 2011 elections, after his first defeat by Hon Julian Fraser (R3), the same administration hired Mr Smith as a consultant to be a Business Development Liaison in the Premier's Office on a two year contract. Once the contract expired he eventually became the Acting Director of Trade and Consumer Affairs, the post he left around 2014.

After leaving the Government post of Acting Director of Trade and Consumer Affairs, Mr Smith took up an appointment with Digicel (BVI), as the Commercial and Operations Director responsible for the development and implementation of Digicel BVI's commercial strategy.

He left the Digicel post in 2015 to contest the Third District seat for the second time with the NDP.

With the 2015 elections of last year over and his second lost to Hon Julian Fraser, Mr Smith is back again with another two year contract working for the Ministry of Finance. 

The indigenous Virgin Islander is no stranger to that Ministry, having also served as the Post Master General before the 2011 elections under the same Ministry where he was praised for helping to modernise the postal services.

Prior to coming to Government, Mr Smith worked in the private sector and also served as a religious leader.

Is OJ coming back?

It remains unclear if Mr Smith will contest the Third District seat for a third time against the longtime incumbent Hon Julian Fraser RA, who has held on to the seat with the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) since 1999.

In the 2011 elections, Hon Fraser won the seat against Mr Smith in a two man race, with the VIP candidate receiving 613 votes to Mr Smith’s 557. In 2015, in a snap election, Hon Fraser again defeated him with 596 votes to Mr Smith’s 561.

63 Responses to “Kevin C. Smith back in gov’t with $100G a year consultancy!”

  • i from here (18/05/2016, 14:05) Like (17) Dislike (18) Reply
    well sah another one on government nipple but the man from here he got to eat yall
  • l (18/05/2016, 14:09) Like (30) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is robbery.
  • i from here (18/05/2016, 14:11) Like (22) Dislike (53) Reply
    Well deserved
  • SB (18/05/2016, 14:15) Like (0) Dislike (19) Reply
    No problem with this its strategy make sure he doesn't sign up with the OPPOSITION.
  • Mr. Cook (18/05/2016, 14:34) Like (71) Dislike (7) Reply
    When does this all end? A 2 time defeated looser back on the government nipples sucking the treasury dry. Premier you are a disgrace, no wonder people complaining about you giving your wife a big fat contract to run a department under your own portfolio.

    Wife returned civil servant, over 60 and back on the government payroll.

    Kevin Smith run for political office 2 times lost two times, and every time he loose this same Premier give him a 2-year government contract.

    Where the hell is the governor!
  • great (18/05/2016, 14:46) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks Mr. Cook for keeping it real. If I knew you I would have given you a big fat kiss on the cheek. 1,000,000% true. Ain't that something.
  • Ya Think? (18/05/2016, 14:55) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    If he don't get burned before the two years is up, he will be walking away with 200,000. Those NDP is famous for chewing you up like tobacco and spitting you out when they have no more use for you.
  • nure (18/05/2016, 15:16) Like (47) Dislike (1) Reply
    the NDP is the devil. people come back from college with their degrees and they want to pay us 23,000.. smfh
    • True (18/05/2016, 16:53) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
      That is the reason why I told my daughter who went to business school
      In the States to please don't come back here and work, she is working for a company in the States making $35.00 per hour. No matter how much she knows and have a Masters in Business, they will never give her a chance here.
      • BuzzBvi (19/05/2016, 02:41) Like (0) Dislike (13) Reply
        She should come back here and set up a company that pays $35 an hour. A pie shop? A beauty salon?
        • True (19/05/2016, 11:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          @BuzzBVI, your A€€ think you are funny or trying to be. See? That is the main reason I ask my daughter not to come back here and work because of people like you.
  • JACK BE STILL (18/05/2016, 15:42) Like (1) Dislike (30) Reply
    leave the man he born here people
    • pat (18/05/2016, 22:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      who cares- if he is not competent or qualified or the job is redundant or created just for him? it is a gift.
    • FREE ADVICE (18/05/2016, 22:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      What more do you need to see and hear to convince you that the NDP has no clue?
  • well sah!! (18/05/2016, 15:43) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ah broke deh gone broke we man. Thought we ain't had no money where dey getting money from to pay this man? Jack leh we go open a consultancy firm meh boi.
  • SMH (18/05/2016, 15:44) Like (83) Dislike (0) Reply
    down here it's who you know not what you know
  • wize up (18/05/2016, 15:50) Like (7) Dislike (29) Reply
    just a question: why when a VI Lander get a job it is problem....
  • how ironic (18/05/2016, 16:07) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is a smith in finance department so i guess it is just another political gift or better yet, a bail out package.
  • this guy is a rolling stone (18/05/2016, 16:13) Like (34) Dislike (6) Reply
    military, pastor, backslider, post office, trade, digicel, 2 x loser now consultant.
    • the rock (18/05/2016, 22:04) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
      a rolling stone u jealous off, jack I tell yo!
    • Truth Sayer (19/05/2016, 20:14) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
      To this guy is a rolling stone. At least he shows that he is talented because he could be placed to do any task. Can the same be said of you? The man is not getting anything for free and he is serving his country. At least he is doing better than many who has been trained by the taxpayers and they have never come home to contribute to the country. Furthermore, he must be a damn rolling stone to be so marketable? Could get jobs in the private and public sectors? Brilliant young man. Kudos to him.
  • Wow! (18/05/2016, 16:14) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Taxpayers money being used for political rewards. WOW!
  • Oj all the way (18/05/2016, 17:23) Like (3) Dislike (24) Reply
    He will beat Fraser next time around
    • wize up (18/05/2016, 20:45) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ OJ all the way: so you saying fahie will be happy come 2019
      • Fahie supporter (18/05/2016, 23:29) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        Back up off of fahie... please and thanks
        • wize up (19/05/2016, 08:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          @ fahie supporter: i thought you want fahie to be leader of the opposition or even the premier; should oj defeat the current member then fahie will be the big cheez( if you are going to support fahie you have to support him all the way....west side)
    • Not a chance (18/05/2016, 22:19) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      You really think so? Nawwwww, even if they prep him to run against Fraser, Fraser is going to beat him again. if he try to run against Fraser, my husband and I will personally drive anyone who is voting for Fraser free of charge for the day back and forth to the polls.
  • tola (18/05/2016, 17:29) Like (2) Dislike (15) Reply
    Haters haters .keep your head up o.j let them hate .
  • jokers (18/05/2016, 18:04) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Hmmm (18/05/2016, 18:10) Like (47) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look like I going have to change my last name to Smith....

    Minister of Finance and Territorial At Large Representative - Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith
    Financial Secretary - Neil M. Smith
    Ministry of Finance Consultancy - Kevin C. Smith
    Interim Executive Director Of BVI Finance - Lorna Smith

    And all ah them have to do with Finance, something is definitely wrong with this picture.
  • 4 real (18/05/2016, 18:57) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Come now oj u believe u will never beat Hon.Fraser u need to just gave up. Oj just as bad as NDP candidates steal from the poor people them what u think 3rd district think about that Mr.Smith. You will never beat Mr.Fraser u better believe that oj. I hope you hurry up an built your house. Lord have mercy on your people on nature little secret.
  • Josh (18/05/2016, 18:59) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    This dude continue to be fed by this government no matter where go...he always end up on collecting major contracts.
  • sunshine Government (18/05/2016, 19:30) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    This contract was signed in January and only now in May we hearing about it. That mean the man already collected about five months pay and i have not seen him one day in the building and still don't know what he suppose to be doing. With this sunshine government it have to many cloudy days.
    • busy (19/05/2016, 21:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      The man is out there working hard squeezing fresh Florida oranges for his 200,000.
  • Big up Seacows Bay (18/05/2016, 19:46) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Seacows Bay get a big job with Govt. I'm sure Fraser approves!!! Can't grudge his own constituent. Or can he?
  • Fed Up (18/05/2016, 19:48) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    Something got to be done with this NDP government...Sickening now man!
  • SOB (18/05/2016, 19:53) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    He run gainst Fraser NDP win he loose, government bail he out with 2 year consulting contract, then put he to run trade. He went back to run gainst Fraser again NDP win by 11-2 landslide he loose, government bail he out again with another 2 years contract. He going to go back to run against Fraser again, this time when he loose he will take the record from Michael Thomas who also got his *ss cut by Fraser 2 times.
  • Sickening (18/05/2016, 21:39) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    When will this stop? These people think taxpayers' money is their gravy train. Sickening to the core. Where is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ?
  • vex (18/05/2016, 22:02) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you all does be on top of things mehson
  • Start thinking (18/05/2016, 22:28) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let him try and challenge Fraser again. This will be the 3rd time he is going to get an A## whipping. OJ, they are going to plant that seed in your head to go after Fraser again but guess what, it is not going to happen.
  • 911 (18/05/2016, 23:19) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too many consultancies surely there's a better (less expensive) way.
  • MERL (18/05/2016, 23:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This came as no surprise
  • Observing (19/05/2016, 05:43) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is Mr. Smith being paid this money to do ? What are his qualifications ? All Government employees with similar qualifications should be paid the same $ 100,000 per year too. Consultancies are utilised to enrich other people and at the end of it, you don't see how Government benefits. For instance, Government should explain to the people who elected them how much money has been spent on consultancies (unending expenditure) from 1982 when General Orders was revised until today's date. Is the Public Service any better ? Did all of these consultants (Ernst and Young, KPMG, and all,the others) work for free ? Tell the truth, but you think it hard to give increments. On another note, those half increments some year ago was and still is illegal.
  • Well Well (19/05/2016, 06:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmm, is this why Ms P Johnson buss off? Ting to talk.
  • Well (19/05/2016, 07:48) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    How much is a District Rep paid? He might have lost at the polls but he doesn't seem to be losing on salary.
  • Humming bird (19/05/2016, 11:45) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Leave the man alone at least he working for his consultncy money and not thiefing it like m and m
  • B (19/05/2016, 12:06) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Tola, listen BoBo, this is not about haters. The whole thing looks questionable. This position was given to him to step on some toes. You'll see. If I am wrong, I will stand in front of Peebles and eat 2 pounds of scotch bonnet peppers.
  • me (19/05/2016, 15:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    and contractors still cant get paid?
  • BIG REWARD (19/05/2016, 15:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Well Sah (19/05/2016, 15:35) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    It seems more profitable to lose as a ndp candidate? Shaina and OJ 100 thou per year each...WOW!
  • CSC (19/05/2016, 17:55) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't forget the one who has a name to uphold.
  • Kermit (20/05/2016, 14:53) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sigh..Meanwhile government still got me on entry lvl salary.. less that 17k per year.. And told to be grateful, Nice, i love reading stuff like this when the fat cat gets fatter, i just love it. I really love it, i am so in love with it that i would like to know who tail pipe i have to suss out to get ahead in this country. Cause apparently if you sort out the right tail pipe everything will be handed to you, NDP style.
  • eat (21/05/2016, 11:04) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    leave the man alone his NDP in and he born here now its Claude time to get another eat

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