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Letters emerge of nasty fight to keep Governor out of HoA

- Boycott by HoA Members of new Governor swearing in?; Hon Fahie thinks dispute is a waste of time
The offensive to block the Governor-designate from being sworn in at the House of Assembly (HoA) was spearheaded by Speaker Hon Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe (left) in a series of some six blistering letters back and forth between her and Deputy Governor Rosalie Adams (right) and ex-governor John S. Duncan OBE (centre). Photo: VINO/GIS
New Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert will take the Oath of Office of the Governor upstairs the House of Assembly (HoA) building on Tuesday August 22, 2017. Photo: Gov.UK
New Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert will take the Oath of Office of the Governor upstairs the House of Assembly (HoA) building on Tuesday August 22, 2017. Photo: Gov.UK
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- More information has come to light on the stand by the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP)Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) to block the new Governor of the Virgin Islands from being sworn in at the House of Assembly (HoA).

The offensive was spearheaded by Speaker of the HoA, Hon Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe in a series of some six blistering letters back and forth between her and Deputy Governor Rosalie Adams and ex-governor John S. Duncan OBE.

Keep out of my House; You were not invited- Speaker

The Speaker of the House argued that there is a separation of powers between the three branches of government and the Governor, who heads the Executive Branch, can only come to the HoA (Legislative) if invited.

Therefore, the Speaker held the position that it was unconstitutional to hold such a swearing in at the HoA as she had not extended an invitation for the newly appointed Governor designate to come there. In a strong letter to Mr Duncan, dated May 31, 2017 and obtained by our newsroom from our senior National Democratic Party sources, Honourable Moses-Scatliffe concluded that "the egregious practice cannot therefore continue."

In a letter however, ex-governor Duncan argued in his letter dated July 25, 2017 that Her Majesty through the Governor has a right to address the HoA as "a reflection of the connection between them and of the modern partnership as set out in the constitution."

Boycott or not? Just happen to be overseas?

Meanwhile, it's unclear how many elected members will be attending the swearing in which is now to take place upstairs the HoA building on Tuesday August 22, 2017 where the new colonial boss Augustus J. U. Jaspert will take the Oath of Office for the Governor.

According to one member who is close to the situation but said he couldn’t speak for anyone, "most of them are off island any way, and many who are here may have other engagement at that time". However, both the Premier, Deputy Premier and the Opposition Leader are expected to be there; however, others could not be confirmed, according to sources close to other elected members.

Waste of time fight - Hon Fahie

Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) told our newsroom in an exclusive brief interview, when asked about his position on the matter, that "I do not see the advantages for the BVI in getting into this dispute. As leaders we must always exercise wisdom so that we can avoid unnecessary battles. It makes absolutely no sense to win the battle and lose the war".

Hon Fahie, a former Education and Culture Minster and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party, also stated "we have more pressing matters that require our attention and energies as leaders."

All eyes will be on the ceremony tomorrow August 22, 2017 to see who is there for the Legislative branch and who is not.

The ceremony is expected to be carried live on local radio station and streamed online. It starts at 10.00 AM.

See below copy of the first page of two letters between Speaker of the House of Assembly Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe and Ex-Governor John S. Duncan OBE:

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61 Responses to “Letters emerge of nasty fight to keep Governor out of HoA”

  • where???? (21/08/2017, 11:29) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Whey de letters VINO?
  • Sickening (21/08/2017, 11:30) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    all ah dem need locking to hell up
  • wize up (21/08/2017, 11:36) Like (3) Dislike (48) Reply
    as a black race some of US need to refrain from kiss the pale face @&& go talk that(I don't mind)...some of us continue to see the pale rider as Gods.....
    • @wizeup (21/08/2017, 14:08) Like (39) Dislike (1) Reply
      The "pale faces"are not the problem it is the "black race" who continuously fight among themselves. The men and women who fought for something in this territory like Fonseca, Noel Lloyd, Decastro and Patsy Lake did so for a reason, they were united and it was not about getting a name for themselves it was for country. We are enjoying some of the fruits of their labor today. What we have now are men/women who are only concern about self, politics, lengthy speeches with big words like smoothly paved roads and bridges that goes nowhere. If the pale rider(s) exit, and if they are seen as gods surely they must be smiling.
      • ShUT2FUP (21/08/2017, 17:23) Like (6) Dislike (30) Reply
        You think Whites don't fight each other, a matter of fact they go out of their way to destroy each other. I can name countless white own companies that pushed other white own companies out of business. Its to freaking fashionable to say black people like to fight each other, its what people do when they want to win... Shut to F UP!! In the great wars that were fought in the early to Mid 1900s where millions were killed wasn't it whites killing MILLIONS of white.... again SHUT to F UP!!!

        The issue is some, gain SOME black people are quick to push the dumb idea that evil and all its siblings resides only within BLACKS ...SHUT UR A.. UP

    • kmt (22/08/2017, 05:47) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shut u ra$$....everything to distract the populace from real issues in this place-more of us would welcome independence if the elected officials were not 50% corrupt and 50% incompetent....
      • somearelost (23/08/2017, 11:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

        Speak to the freaking issue and stop pulling down your own people I have NO love for the NDP or any person/govt that steal and under mind its people and I for one agree that there must be measures put in place to ensure that the people and their country isnt destroyed by persons elected to run its affairs....For instance any project that will change the fabric of the country should be voted for by the people before it can be undertaken. Instead of saying Black people evil maybe you should make a suggestion.

        If you aren't aware that corruption and evil doesn't have a color or a race then do some research.
  • Lord O... (21/08/2017, 11:45) Like (85) Dislike (2) Reply
    Fahie seem to be making more sense. Why pick a fight when there is nothing to fight for? Why can't the speaker extend a hand of peace out and invite the governor... What in it to gain to keep him out...
    • Albion (21/08/2017, 13:09) Like (51) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree. What a complete waste of everyone's time. Why make a fight for no good reason?
    • Harvey Twoface (21/08/2017, 15:03) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
      Bunch of hot air.....check the pictures with them sucking up to the Governor with their fake smiles and handshakes....set of slithering snakes
    • Ajic (22/08/2017, 05:11) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is one time I agree with Fahie. The decision of the Speaker and NDP shows how petty and small-minded these people really are and I want the GOVERNOR to know their attitude is not a reflection of the majority of BVISLANDERS. In fact I am ashamed of the Speaker and elected officials.
  • Music (21/08/2017, 11:51) Like (90) Dislike (5) Reply
    What a disgusting state of affairs. Speaker should be ashamed of herself. Why change the tradition of years. Is she making a point for independence, or just trying to sour relations between governor and government from the start? Looks like we could be in for a rocky four years. Is this why they refused the ship help?
    • Stupes (21/08/2017, 13:17) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
      They think that they are slick. Trying to show that they do not require outside assistance in order for them to become independent. But the day they start that mess I am catching the first flight out of here.
      • No,never! (21/08/2017, 18:57) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
        Strupes! Where were you when they left our ancestors to starve; did they? Where were you when they said the Virgin Islands was best suited as a bird sanctuary; did birds alone reside? Look at us now. They had 200 years head-start on us and we emerged as a proud people. Are we going to sit down today more educated and die, suffer, or are we going to strive for a better country? Know your history; whatever comes our way in the future, the same fortitude we used back then when the Fancy Me sank, when our men took to the seas, when our women took to the hills, and our religious people prayed, we will utilize now to propel this country forward. We can do exploits, but what we know we will not do is be nobody's slaves again. No, never!!
    • Music (22/08/2017, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Grateful for so many likes! Lets wait and see where it actually takes place today.
  • chad (21/08/2017, 11:52) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Speaker and ndp done start bullying the new Governor.
  • Road Town Rebel (21/08/2017, 11:55) Like (52) Dislike (1) Reply
    why is this an issue NOW. When Duncan was sworn in where did it took place three years ago? Where was this hypocrite Moses?
  • Angry (21/08/2017, 11:56) Like (88) Dislike (1) Reply
    This NDP gang and the Speaker are a waste of time. They ain't fight BVI Airways to get back our seven million dollars but here in a stupid fight trying to block the governor from swearing in at the House of Assembly. Sigh.
  • ..... (21/08/2017, 12:01) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Actually the long held convention even in the UK is that the sovereign cannot enter Parliament (specifically, the House of Commons.
  • Lock Dem Up (21/08/2017, 12:30) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just lock all of dem up...shame and disrespect
  • Wellsah (21/08/2017, 12:43) Like (64) Dislike (2) Reply
    These people got to be the most childish folks I have ever seen in my life and I less than half some of their ages. You all make this country look bad, I cannot believe this is the action of representatives. Shame on every last one of you including the speaker. Act you all age man geez.
  • Eagles Wings (21/08/2017, 12:45) Like (69) Dislike (2) Reply
    How childish! Why are they pushing the UK? We are not ready for independence under this immature bunch of politicians. They cannot fight with UK and win no matter how much rich friends they have. The arrogance of some of these 'just come' politicians is astounding!!! they need to humble themselves because when the axe fall it is the people who will suffer. It will take no skin off their back to allow the Gov to be sworn in at HOA. It will take no skin off their back to attend the ceremony either. There seems to be no diplomacy whatsoever. (Eventually, when we do become independent years down the road, we will need to have locals trained in diplomacy. ) What are we teaching our young people?Looks like disrespect to me.

    What if the UK government decide to be spiteful like them and decide to suspend the Constitution because they refuse to cooperate with the Governor and we have a Turks and Caicos situation. What will they do then?
    There is a way to disagree with those in authority and this nonsense is not the way. This is not strategic at all.
    I am so so disappointed with this bunch of ego inflated politicians we have elected. Its disgraceful.
  • What is this (21/08/2017, 12:47) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    This seems to be so frivolous and timeconsuming.
    I mean this gentleman could easily be sworn in at his office or better yet in an outdoor public place. Open it up in a venue for all to witness and whosoever will may attend. He is an official for the people isn't he? So what's the problem?
    Partisan back and forth is absolutely unnecessary.
  • Just saying (21/08/2017, 12:48) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Much to do about nothing if you ask me
  • Wicked (21/08/2017, 12:51) Like (41) Dislike (7) Reply
    Send this Moses women back to where she from and put a true local in she place.
  • Interested (21/08/2017, 13:22) Like (3) Dislike (42) Reply
    And where is she from ? Check your facts.
    I totally agree with her.Not because something has been done traditionally means it should continue if we wish to have it changed.
    • Hush (21/08/2017, 14:30) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
      Save it. Why they didn't tell the last DG that for all the years she been arranging this swearing it. It is clear what this is about but we the people ain't chupid. Set of egotistical momoo.
    • fact check (22/08/2017, 08:51) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      She and Myron's parents are not BVI landers. She can go back to St. Vincent or St. Kitts and hold office there.
  • ................ (21/08/2017, 13:26) Like (4) Dislike (37) Reply
    I agree with the speaker keep jim out unless invited
    • @............... (21/08/2017, 14:14) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      Foolish you cant keep "jim" out if he has already entered and has the keys to the house. The speaker just went to the beehive without the proper gear. Steam, if now properly released, will surely cause undesired explosions.
  • bless up (21/08/2017, 14:00) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I need to see a print out of the BVIAIRWAYS contract with the Government if u can print this letter. Waiting
  • soo (21/08/2017, 14:09) Like (3) Dislike (25) Reply
    Wicked, I don't know if you are a born Virgin Islander but the Moses woman is a well educated born Virgin Islander.
    • voiceofthevoiceless (21/08/2017, 15:32) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
      Some of these Ignoramuses only check the last name and say she not from here. Small minded Morons.
    • who cares (22/08/2017, 08:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who cares where she was born. This is a clear example of why common sense will beat book sense every time. Let them continue to show their true colours.
  • voiceofthevoiceless (21/08/2017, 14:10) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    This seems to be a tit for tat here just follow the trail. Under this same NDP lead HOA the Governor was sworn in 3 years ago so what has changed since? Governor Duncan awoke from his slumber and decided to evoke his constitutional powers and forcefully take money from the reserve funds to fund the police. Then his calling out of the NDP on their lack of transparency and then his order of an audit into the wall.

    So all of a sudden it is unconstitutional for the Governor to be sworn in at the House of Assembly? I am sure there is more that is going on that has the NDP nervous and a bit peeved. The Speaker may well be right on constitutional grounds but is it a fight that you really want to have at this time? Remember the Governor's position is a continuous one so Duncan's successor must continue where he left off. I hope they understand and appreciate that.

    Lights. Camera. Action.
    • Nationbuilding. (21/08/2017, 19:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No, it is not unconstitutional for the Governor to be sworn in the House of Assembly building. It is unconstitutional for him to enter the House of Assembly building in an official capacity if he is not invited by the Speaker in a normal House of Assembly sitting. Only the Speaker of the House of Assembly convenes or summons Members to attend a sitting at the House of Assembly. The Deputy Governor could have asked for the use of the HOA Chambers to keep the swearing in, but she could not demand or command that the Speaker convene an official sitting for this ceremony. I guess it is on that basis that all these plans are going on without the initiation of the Speaker that she constitutionally is not obligated to call no sitting of the House of Assembly when there is no official council meetings. Let the wheat and the tares grow together. No need to fight; let's get on with building this little, great nation, as Hon. Pickering always says.
  • Ddp (21/08/2017, 14:36) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Moses just took us back to Egypt.
    • NextMoveUp! (21/08/2017, 19:12) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      You go to Egypt by yourself. I am a Virgin Islander and my forefathers hauled tail from Egypt, wondered in the wilderness down to Africa, those wicked Europeans brought us here against our will, and I am not going back to Egypt with any who want to go. Let's build our promise land here. Let's build this nation here that our ancestors left for us.
      Remember they had enslaved us once; they still want to rule over us again. But we are a stubborn and stiffnecked people; "we wouldn't bend, we wouldn't bow, we wouldn't burn, not again." Forward ever; backwards never. Let's go forward. We welcome the Governor, wherever they sign him in, he done Governor. Next; move on with rebuilding this country.
    • who? (22/08/2017, 10:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you go Egypt by yourself....
  • Salute to vino (21/08/2017, 15:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you are the best your news magazine is truly a step above. Continue to keep the people inform and just bring the facts good job.
  • Dear Sir (21/08/2017, 15:22) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dear Her Majesty's representative, please be assured that this speaker DOES NOT speak on behalf of the people of the BVI. Perhaps she speaks on behalf of the NDP government. To this effect, I would question how constitutional it would be for her to be deemed the Speaker of the House as she appears to be bias when she should be impartial.

    Enjoy your stay sir. The previous Governor ha sleft a great legacy and we trust you to carry on the same.

  • I'm saying it (21/08/2017, 15:37) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    I never liked the speaker of HOA. She acts like a petty pumpkin. Girlll, that is not your house.
  • Nat Turner (21/08/2017, 15:53) Like (2) Dislike (29) Reply
    If a Governor can take it upon himself to break tradition and meddle in local affairs and in addition demanding moneys from where he nor the Queen contributed , then it is time to get strictly by the book. Mr Queen Rep have no call in HOA unless invited. That is the rule and will remain as such.
  • Doglover (21/08/2017, 16:01) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Threw a bone at three dogs, two grabbed it and started to fight over it. During the melee the third dog picked it up and calmly walked away. The others were so caught up in their fight they did not even noticed him.
  • internal war (21/08/2017, 16:23) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    I heard dr smith and pickering not supporting the speaker on this! thing to talk
  • hah (21/08/2017, 17:29) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP full of manure. This is nothing to figh over.
  • Outlaw (21/08/2017, 19:29) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This in my opinion is a sad state of affairs. One question I will really like to ask is if there will be a special sitting of the HOA for the swearing ceremony. If there is no special sitting and they were only going to used the assembly chambers just for the ceremony, then the speaker who holds a law degree is dead wrong. If there is a sitting of the HOA and the Governor wish to attend, he have to be invited in but if there is no sitting, the speaker has no legal basis, to try and prevent it
    • Nodramapapa (22/08/2017, 07:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I dont think the issue is whether the Gov can be sworn in the building. Whether the speaker was obligated to convene a sitting to do so. All the Deputy Governor had to do was ask to use the building and go in and swear in the man. The Speaker and her members didnt have to be there.
  • qc (21/08/2017, 23:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    political cowardice.
  • wet (21/08/2017, 23:41) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Incorrigible, hubristic, invincible ignorance.
  • shocking (22/08/2017, 00:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. You do not represent your self interest you represent a nation I see a lot of self interest and abuse of power I believe some of this government official need to go through some anger management class to find out what is wrong. This is putting the bvi to a global disgrace and this is not good for the future if this country If the leaders are out of order how do they expect the people to the nation to follow their leaders when they are out of place the way you lay your bed that is the way you lie on it. Do not put the nation at risk because your self interest or how you feel if there any issues on ground it is better to deal with like people with integrity not like strange adult. if this continues power will have to change hands meaning some people will have to move out for the right things to be done appropriately according to the constitution. Please keep the future of the BVI looking bright always.
  • Mark (22/08/2017, 08:17) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I honestly do not see the sense, why pick this fight? Nothing is gonna change he still gonna be the governor and whether he is sworn in in the Bobby's parking lot or on the ferry dock, he still gonna be the governor.
  • The Auditor (22/08/2017, 21:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is my hope that the "lay firm" and "tall boy's" call for independence is not fuelling this storm in a tea cup.
  • Tallfat (23/08/2017, 00:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    When in the history of the BVI has any Governor ever been elected. It is unfortunate that you have joined in fanning the flames of disrespect. May I remind you that the speaker was not elected either. So might it be fair to say there is something in the mortar why you keep referring to him as unelected. Why haven't you referred to the Speaker of the house as unelected? Clearly Mrs. Moses-Scatliffe find it necessary to garner opinion of experts to solidify her position but for what purpose? If this was let's say the former Governor was entering another year and you wished to make a stance then this might be one the people will support but to start on a new Governor who has not set foot in the island is totally uncalled for.

  • bad boy (23/08/2017, 16:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    look joke ting to talk lol lol just get rid of these idiots
  • 123 (27/08/2017, 23:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI is a doomed state. Me give up.
  • silly bell (19/11/2017, 07:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The end of time

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