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NDP corruption accusers backing down?

- Premier Smith challenged them to bring the evidence @ 1st HoA Sitting
This news site approached R. Dancia Penn who ran as an Independent At Large candidate, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Charmaine R. Rosan Bunbury who ran as an At Large candidate for the VIP but only Hon Fahie chose to respond. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking at the First Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex, Premier Smith said that he was disturbed that even though the VI was making progress in lifting its name around the world, talk of corruption filled the campaign trail and he said that there is no evidence presented. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking at the First Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex, Premier Smith said that he was disturbed that even though the VI was making progress in lifting its name around the world, talk of corruption filled the campaign trail and he said that there is no evidence presented. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Critics of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government who accused it of being corrupt during the recently concluded election campaign season are not yet saying whether or not they stand their ground on their assertions.

Speaking at the First Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex, Premier Smith said that he was disturbed that even though the VI was making progress in lifting its name around the world, talk of corruption filled the campaign trail and he said that there is no evidence presented.

“As I said before and I will said it again, if there is any evidence, you can bring it to me and I will deal with it. Otherwise, I would like those who continued to propagate these rumours – they should stop doing that because that does not help the BVI. It does nothing for the reputation of the BVI which we are all trying to build,” said Premier Smith.

“As a government, we will continue to be transparent in all that we do. That is our nature and that is what sustained us in our businesses whether it is in construction; whether it is in tourism or financial services,” he added.

This news site approached R. Dancia Penn who ran as an Independent At Large candidate, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Charmaine R. Rosan Bunbury who ran as an At Large candidate for the VIP but only Hon Fahie chose to respond.

Rosan-Bunbury said she had no comment on the issue and Penn would not speak on the matter when called by this news site, saying that she was dealing with a client and couldn’t speak.

However, Honourable Fahie said, “Let us all on both sides of the aisle put the past behind us and work together to make life better for all Virgin Islanders. The Government have their role to play and so does the Opposition. Both must perform their duties by being steadfast in purpose and diligent in actions. That's all that will be said by me for now on all fronts. Let's move in one direction: FORWARD!”

Of the three, Honourable Fahie had been the most vocal on the issue of corruption and the NDP Government, calling it the most corrupt in the modern history of the Virgin Islands and defying persons in the administration who dared to tell him not to say such things without evidence. He had repeated his assertions at almost every opportunity he had to speak on the campaign trail, whether at his rally or speaking at another candidate’s rally.

Delivering his report to the First District on January 24, 2015 in Capoon’s Bay, Tortola, Hon Fahie had accused the NDP Government as being the most corrupt in the modern history of the Virgin Islands, setting off a firestorm of reactions from that party’s members.

Speaking at the launch of the VIP’s campaign 2015 on Saturday night May 16, 2015, Hon Fahie was deliberate in his use of the word corruption with regards to the NDP.

“When you vote for the Virgin Islands Party you will be voting to put the government, your government, back into your hands, the hands of you the people. When you vote for the Virgin Islands Party you will be voting to stomp out fear, victimisation, political vindication, bold face corruption, among many other negative, unwarranted behaviours that this Administration has and continues to display,” said Hon Fahie. He also accused the NDP Government of being morally corrupt.

Corruption like never before – Dancia Penn

On her campaign trail, Dancia Penn blasted the current National Democratic Party (NDP) administration, saying there is corruption like never before seen in the Virgin Islands and lamented that corruption is the surest way for underdevelopment of a country.

She called on the people of the Virgin Islands to stamp out corruption now by voting for honest men and women come Election Day.

Rampant corruption – Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury

Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, the former VIP newcomer At Large candidate said there is rampant corruption, cronyism, pilfering, plundering and indiscriminate squandering of the territory’s resources by the NDP and it has to stop.

“The indiscriminate abuse of power by this administration has to stop. When a government refuses to adhere to the institution of good governance, the country is in crises. The adherence to the rule of law is critical to our democracy, fundamental human rights and the development as a civil society. The actions of this government are depressing and we have to stop them before it is too late.”

One of the basis of the corruption claims was the NDP government's lack of transparency in spending and heightened by their refusal to answer certain questions on accountability in the last House of Assembly.

64 Responses to “NDP corruption accusers backing down?”

  • No (25/06/2015, 09:01) Like (41) Dislike (25) Reply
    Let the Government ask for an audit on themselves to prove that they are not corrupt. How else can anyone else prove corruption..... they have the information in there. How slow are we?
    • @No (25/06/2015, 09:32) Like (27) Dislike (17) Reply
      I so.... second that!
    • shaw (25/06/2015, 09:37) Like (20) Dislike (27) Reply
      so much for audits. They had one and chose to ignore it. (or rather the governor did). There have been indications right along that NDP has moved ahead without proper channels or protocol. But who is going to put themselves in jail? I believe the statements above in the report are true, but by definition, corruption is hard to prove. But people know when they see it. NDP will continue to say "we will not be deterred from our goal", even as people question their judgement or impact on residents. Afterall, they know better than the people themselves.
      • Schups (25/06/2015, 10:55) Like (34) Dislike (19) Reply
        Shaw, you and Dog make me sick, really. You all are on here parading as voices of reason when you are simply NDP haters, you don't care about the BVI only yourselves. VIP are done with, get over it!!
      • @shaw (25/06/2015, 12:03) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
        ...They are also trying to change the Fisheries Protect Act to allow them to develop where they desire. (The High of Corruption!)
        • shaw (25/06/2015, 16:32) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
          that started with Hans Creek and Beef Island. The Fisheries Protection Act has no teeth because it is so poorly written it won't stand up in court according to the Appeal in Antigua. And as will all LAWS, they have to be enforced, not pick and choose for convenience. Watch out for the airport. Just wait.
          • @shaw (25/06/2015, 18:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
            The Hans Creek Development is what got them out a few years back. They where allowing the Beef Island Developers to put a golf course by Hans Creek. Runoffs of chemicals would have entered the waters and killed the fish, 90% of the fish population outside Anegada give birth at Hans Creek. It was stopped because of the Fisheries Protection Act.

            Now it looks like they are going for a second run of it. The man that first tried to develop that area went bankrupt and 'our fishing industry was saved', The NDP tried to allow him to develop again and they where removed from office 'our fishing industry was saved'. Let us see what will happen to him or them this time around? They keep playing with God!
            • shaw (25/06/2015, 23:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
              agreed. I am still waiting for the national park trust and CFD to designate AND FINALIZE protected areas around the entire territory before they are developed beyond recognition. They started to survey years ago, but by the time they finished, that proposed park land disappeared. Then they had to start all over again. Designate and protect one district at a time before ripping the place up. Hans Creek is already supposed to be protected by law. Which was ignored and will be again. Let's see what Pickering says then.
    • Trump (25/06/2015, 11:20) Like (32) Dislike (12) Reply
      @No

      So the NDP is guilty until it audits itself to show it innocent, eh?

      Nonsense. Let those who shouted "Corruption!" provide their own evidence for their claims. Else their credibility is shot.
      • Scary Mary (25/06/2015, 12:22) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
        When TWO reports indicating "possible" or "alleged" wrongdoing are ignored by the powers that be, it is impossible for some of us to sweep such things under the rug. There is now and always will be a nagging doubt in the back or the minds of many as a result.

        I don't think this is anything any of us should "get over". No investigation was done, so we "the people" will never know for sure. I have lost all respect for our current governor as a result of his refusal to ease the minds of the people by doing his job, investigating and reporting the results of his findings.

        It is all too much like the stamp duty debacle that we "the people" were never made privy to. We are being patted on the head and told not to worry our silly little heads with such matters. I find it insulting, infuriating and downright patronizing. How can anything be PROVEN one way or another if no official investigation is carried out?

        It is a catch 22 and it is a travesty.
        • Let me sleep (25/06/2015, 14:47) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
          Do not evve start with the stamp duty report. Your governent is who had to run for cover after they started to the stamp duty debacle. It was becqause of their corruption which was about to be exposed that the process stopped. They set a time period where they thought they were covered, then they found out they were not!

          All you people need to stop chatting crap on these news sites. The pot is always calling the kettle black. When it comes to corruption the GREEN PARTY OWNS THE LAND. I GREW UP WITH THEM AND eventually left! First district is the home of it! People tell the truth. if you do not know what it is shut up! Truth cannot change and it will never wear the clothe of lies. No matter who is speaking, the naked truth will always stand!
          • Scary Mary (25/06/2015, 17:21) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
            @ Let me sleep

            What are you talking about "MY" government. For the last two elections I have not voted for a "party" so why don't you stop with YOUR nonsense.

            I am not for any party. I am for transparency from ANY government put in place to represent the people. I am sick and tired of being kept in the dark about serious matters affecting me, mine and all of we! I don't care WHO the premier is. I don't care what PARTY may be in power. I only care about them doing things on the up and up and that the people of the VIRGIN ISLANDS aren't treated like children who don't "need" to know such things.

            I will NOT shut up! YOUR truth and the real truth, sir or madam, seem to be two entirely different things. Go sell your "PARTY LINE" elsewhere.
            • AL (26/06/2015, 00:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
              Good comment. Now focus on your words and apply them yo yourself. You truth and the real truth are two different things indeed.
        • shaw (25/06/2015, 16:36) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
          Thank you Scary Mary. A very clear and direct argument that has legs. Just because abnormalities are swept under the rug doesn't mean they will not come up again. Thus, the institutional corruption keeps winning.
        • .... (25/06/2015, 17:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          I think you all are losing sight of the argument here. There is always something that can be seen as corruption in just about every government. The claim here is that corruption is "rampant" and at its "highest levels ever". If someone is going to come on national media to make those sort of statements, then I would think they have some sort of evidence......How else would they know it's rampant.......??? If not, then these people have no merit.....I think that's the point being indicated here. Not this crusade against so called corruption.... Come on people, stay focused.... Some of you all weren't good at Reading Comprehension in school were you..... They give you a story to read and up to yet some of you all can't understand what the story was about.....
          • ok (26/06/2015, 07:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Everything else is prompting evidence even if the other side did not have any, so why are the other claims different? People are talking but we won't want them to be marginalized or victimized. Do like Alvin did years ago on the Bridge, ask them to call a Commission of Inquiry on the claims. Doing that and clearing the air would do wonders for the NDP and any future claims may not be heeded.
    • reality (25/06/2015, 12:09) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply

      Where are the audits showing that they are corrupt? So you can say they are corrupt with no evidence but they must show evidence that they are not corrupt? If I tell you that you took up my $100 bill from my desk, but it wasn't you, how can you prove it wasn't you? Talk is cheap! Let Dancia them haul their %$# because they have shown their true colors. They want us to think they are above board but look at them, willing to say and do anything for elected office. They so care about the corruption in the BVI that after they get their a$%^buss they have no comment. Set ah jokers!

      • shaw (25/06/2015, 16:43) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
        An audit was recommended by an independent AG that found irregularities and lax procedures. An audit means going through receipts, paper trail, interviews and putting the pieces together which lead to the recommendation. Investigation was not done, therefore you cannot say yes or no. But there was a foundation to start from. I would think that the ministers would want a clean slate instead of rumour. no hunt for the smoking gun moved forward. The audit DID find conflict of interest and ignorance of protocol, enough for an inquiry. The fox is in the hen house.
    • What! (28/06/2015, 17:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      How can these so called well educated people make such a scandalous accusation without any proof? They now are backing down? What kind of foolery is this. Stupidity at it's best. Now, lets look into their backgrounds because everyone has skeletons in their closets. Let the bone collecting begin.
  • facts man (25/06/2015, 09:09) Like (32) Dislike (68) Reply
    Yes they are corrupt and everybody knows it
  • cay (25/06/2015, 09:12) Like (43) Dislike (65) Reply
    Typicall vip they have no balls to stand by their words!
  • Who Say (25/06/2015, 09:23) Like (48) Dislike (18) Reply
    Well Dr. Smith is the only one with his head in the sand when the rest of the BVI knows what of course there is indeed rampant corruption and conflict of interest in his government only he doesn't know. The following questions arises (1) which gov't minister has a private backhoe working CPP?, (2) which gov't minister is receiving monies under the table for food service to HOA? (3) Which gov't minister has rich white friends spending money in his personal interest?, How many gov't ministers have invested in the TPP landside development?. Do u want more questions? Answer these first and the rest will be coming soon after.
    • @Who Say (25/06/2015, 09:46) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
      ...and not any sand 'Quicksand'. Mrs. Dancia Penn and the rest... please address these questions and more to the UK etc. If the reputation of the BVI is tarnished it will be their corrupted leadership that caused it.
  • voter (25/06/2015, 09:26) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    The same foundation of greed, bribery, and corruption that they built their house on will be the very same foundational structure that will cause their house to fall.

    'The Wise and Foolish Builders'

    24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
  • foodgate (25/06/2015, 09:51) Like (17) Dislike (15) Reply
    I call on dr. sMITH TO PRODUCE EVIDENCE THAT THERE IS no corruption IN HIS GOVERMENT..THAT i KNOW HE CANNOT DO!
    • @footgate (25/06/2015, 10:56) Like (9) Dislike (20) Reply
      I second the motion!
      • LOL (25/06/2015, 12:14) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
        who is you people to call anything?
        • @LOL (25/06/2015, 13:16) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
          Who are we...we are the ones you will be crying too when the foundation of corruption falls under you! Maybe the good Dr. will be able to put you together again when you have that Great Fall. Humpty Dumpty!
  • What a Leader! (25/06/2015, 09:56) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    Everyone in the party is getting their share in the corruption ‘even the new comers’ and he knows nothing about it... he wants proof. Go ask your people to give you your share. WOW!
  • Well Sah (25/06/2015, 10:25) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ask the auditor general for her opinion.
  • Cantalk? (25/06/2015, 10:33) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Pot calling the kettle black. Since when some who did not follow up to see what happened to the $500,000 dished out for the completion of the Green land sports field can call people corrupt? Them need to put some gas in that EKC and light it afire so that it can run while ahead and say God bless we live in the BVI where some are spared jail time for unaccountability. We have a country to build, let us stop this name calling and bad talking and let's build a better BVI for all.
  • .... (25/06/2015, 10:34) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ummm, I think the focus of the article was that the people who accused them of being corrupt are now backing away from their claims. I think the main point of the article was to question why they are not holding fast to their claims. Certainly if they are that corrupt, the people who accused them of being corrupt have a duty to provide evidence of such, else they are just as guilty... You all aren't a very bright bunch are you....
    • @.... (25/06/2015, 11:18) Like (1) Dislike (18) Reply
      They will address it when they are ready...but for now we the bloggers are addressing it..Mr. Smart Man.
  • Sad Reality (25/06/2015, 10:39) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is very sad, less then a month ago the VIP praised each other and expressed a united front. They fought a good fight considering the odds was against them. Now they are systematically destroying each others reputation. What will the VIP come to the people and say next election? Trust us? Respect us? We will put country first. I see three consecutive terms for the NDP and the end of a political party. Seems senseless to be the leader of nothing.
  • eye observer (25/06/2015, 10:45) Like (15) Dislike (16) Reply
    Dr smith has insulted the people of the vi...smh fahie u not my cup of tea but the ndp is the most corrupt just read the auditor general reports
  • LOL... (25/06/2015, 11:02) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    “As I said before and I will said it again, if there is any evidence, you can bring it to me and I will deal with it. " What will he do with the evidence we bring him? You'll better keep a copy!
  • .......... (25/06/2015, 11:11) Like (10) Dislike (25) Reply
    I still maintain ndp must go!
  • LOL (25/06/2015, 11:53) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Orlando we voted for u but did not eat our school fees hell yea ayo corrupt!!
  • All in all they are one (25/06/2015, 12:06) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Corruption of course we the people know that, but it was a choice of the better of two evils---What do you think they implementation of all these boards for--They are Vehicles to corruption--TRC, Electricity, Hospital. VIP, NDP all the same-
    • @All in all they are one (25/06/2015, 14:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is why only God measures evil! Our mind's judgement are deceived by our own wicked hearts desires.

      'The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9.'

  • Truthh (25/06/2015, 12:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tell me a Government that is not corrupt.
    • @Truthh (25/06/2015, 13:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So that makes everything ok? If everyone is jumping over a bridge....
  • virgin gorda (25/06/2015, 12:46) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Corruption is alive and well in the bvi
  • Wow! (25/06/2015, 13:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whenever they are cornered they always seem to get amnesia. Dr. Smith ...“As I said before and I will say it again, Bill Clinton....I did not have sexual relations with that woman!" They can complete each others sentence. (Sad state of affairs.)
    • .... (25/06/2015, 15:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Then they demand proof and when the 'tainted evidence' is revealed there starts their demise. Their Words Have Become Their Judge and Jury 'Poetic Justice'. (It all proves there is a God and He never sleeps not even over the rulers of this world.)
  • Election is Over (25/06/2015, 14:52) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    Election is over let the government move on with the running of the country.
    • @Election is Over (25/06/2015, 15:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      If it truly was an election the people would move on...it was a bought election. The 'Good Citizens' of the Land Demand Democracy not corrupted Democracy!
  • LOL (25/06/2015, 14:57) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's the reason why NDP spent so much money on winning elections. If they lost they would have brought in people and begin shredding everything. They had to win no matter what it cost them or they would have been exposed for what they truly are.
  • Big News (25/06/2015, 15:09) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Corruption has always been alive and well in the BVI. i am glad the green team is now dead cause it was terrible under their government, 40 years of it. Trouble is the people keeping all this noise were getting money handed to them left right and centre so it was fine. Now the money is being saved to buld the country. This means these people are no longer getting money for cruises, hair dos, phantom petty contract, inflated petty contract where the ministers got half of the funds, personnal bills and needs assistance for splitting with the minister who authorised the check to them in the first instance. Well that is still happening in the first for sure. Not to mention all the people who were charging thier personal stuff on the government's account at varieties and other locations. Thank God Paul Wattley shut them down. So now these same people are crying corruption. Do not mind them Doc. They themselves are truly corrupt. Evil thinks as evil does! Let them put up or shut up!
    • @Big news (25/06/2015, 17:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why you don't stop talking piddle. Funny man & Hello man are the kings of Kick backs & as popular as he is don't leave 7th & 8th dates out neither in every instance. Time will tell. Oh don't forget biwater & we know who that is with their monthly checks up.
  • Dog teeth snapper (25/06/2015, 18:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    When a minister give out a contract to someone with the intention of receiving monetary gain from that same contract, we call it kickback. That is corruption. That all I will say
  • Nancy (25/06/2015, 20:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Remember it was the same NDP government that closed the case in the buying of the Tresure Ile Hotel when they lie about the amount they paid to avoid paying tax that's corruption to me
  • shaw (25/06/2015, 21:04) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    why would the three of them back off and so much facts there to support what they said...they must be afriad of the NDP all of ah sudden
  • The third eye (25/06/2015, 22:31) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Time will tell when the plane crash with most of them in it.
  • Voters (26/06/2015, 00:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nasty set of thief


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