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NDP slapping Good Governance ‘in the face’– Hon. Andrew A. Fahie

- First District Representative speaks out one day ahead of tomorrow’s sitting of the House of Assembly
Members of the VIP opposition party had boycotted the February 10 and 11, 2014 sittings of the Honourable House. Photo: VINO/File
One day ahead of the Fifth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly, First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has broken his silence about the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) not tabling any questions in the House this time around. Photo: VINO/file
One day ahead of the Fifth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly, First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has broken his silence about the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) not tabling any questions in the House this time around. Photo: VINO/file
Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said that the opposition VIP will not be tabling any questions in the tomorrow sitting as there are many unanswered ones from many past sittings. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said that the opposition VIP will not be tabling any questions in the tomorrow sitting as there are many unanswered ones from many past sittings. Photo: VINO/File
Members of the Opposition are prepared to work hand and glove with the NDP Government and by extension the People of the Virgin Islands in complying with or in re-negotiation of specific sections of the Protocol, Hon Fahie said. Photo: VINO/file
Members of the Opposition are prepared to work hand and glove with the NDP Government and by extension the People of the Virgin Islands in complying with or in re-negotiation of specific sections of the Protocol, Hon Fahie said. Photo: VINO/file
WEST END, Tortola, VI – One day ahead of the Fifth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly, First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has broken his silence about the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) not tabling any questions in the House this time around.

This he did in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online this morning March 12, 2014. He has also sought to clarify his reason why he has chosen only now to break his silence on the VIP boycotting of the February 10 and 11, 2014 sitting of the House of Assembly.

Slap in the face

Hon Fahie told this news site that it is a fact that when the House sits on March 13, 2014 members of the opposition will not be tabling any questions as he stated that there are still quite a lot of unanswered questions from previous sittings.
“...answers promised by the Premier and the Speaker have not been forthcoming for many previous sittings. This seems to be the norm of this administration not to adequately answer questions and then when this behaviour is challenged they would always say that they would provide information requested and they never do,” said Hon Fahie, describing such behaviour as ‘a slap in the face of good governance’.

Despite the fact that Opposition has no questions on the Order Paper for tomorrow’s sitting Hon Fahie said that they intend to participate in some of the bills that are likely to be tabled.

As it relates to the VIP boycotting the February 10 and 11, 2014 sitting of the House of Assembly and his silence up until now, Hon Fahie said that he was diligently awaiting and giving the NDP government a fair and sufficient time to come clean.

NDP ‘sticking to their script’

“I was giving this government time to see if they would come clean with the people and stop the perception management game that they have been playing,” said Hon Fahie.

He alleged that the NDP government has been ‘sticking to their script’ much to the detriment of the democracy, the people of the VI Territory and the present and future generations of the VI. “With serious issues in this country at this time getting involved in perception management and political games will not help it move in a positive direction it needs to move in at this time,” Hon Fahie told this news site.

In a press release today Hon Fahie stated that as the House of Assembly is scheduled to meet on Thursday March 13, 2014, he finds it necessary to disclose why it was decided by Members of the Opposition to boycott the recently concluded Budget debate held on February 10 – 11, 2014.

He explained that although the Government had scheduled activities for Agricultural week on the sister islands of Anegada on Monday February 10 and on Jost Van Dyke on Tuesday February 11, 2014, they found it convenient to schedule the Sitting for the Budget debate on the same dates.

“What troubled members of the Opposition most is that the Budget debate of 2013 was also scheduled by the NDP Government at the very same time of the Agricultural week activities on Anegada and Jost Van Dyke and by so doing made it impossible for the members of the 2nd and 9th Districts to attend the activities in their constituencies,” said Hon Fahie in his press release.

“The members of the Opposition find these actions to be disrespectful to our people in Anegada; disrespectful to our people in Jost Van Dyke; disrespectful to the Honourable members of the 2nd and 9th districts; disrespectful to the farming community and; a blatant disrespect and disregard by the NDP At-large Members to the people of the entire Virgin Islands,” he said in the release.

Secrecy and incomplete disclosure

He, like other members of the Opposition had also confessed, said that the Honourable Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith had promised and had given his word that this clash of dates would not have occurred in 2014. “It is wrong and it would not be tolerated by the Opposition. We stand in Unity against this level of disrespect,” said Hon Fahie.

He said in the release that the substantive issues facing the VI can no longer be overlooked by either the NDP Government and surely not by Members of the VIP Opposition. He noted that these are issues that command the attention of each and every Member of the House of Assembly and regretfully the NDP Government has chosen a path of secrecy and incomplete disclosure.

Taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars

Hon Fahie said that in spite of questions by the Opposition, to date they have received no approval documents in relation to the Cruise Port Expansion Project, documents in relation to the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport Expansion Project, documents in relation to the Senior Citizens’ Home neither the National Sewerage Programme among others.

“Each of these projects, in their own right, exceed the 4% threshold of the National Budget and, as such, the very Protocols signed by the NDP Government directs that Life Cycles be conducted; that the project be considered by Cabinet, that the project be presented to the House of Assembly and that express written approval be received from the Secretary of State before commencing. Before commencing,” he said in the release.

Hon Fahie noted that despite these glaring deficiencies, the NDP Government, as in the 2013 Budget, has allotted millions of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars toward expenditure in each of these new projects, for in the words of the Premier, “as a warm up exercise.”

“The NDP Administration has to come clean with the people of the Virgin Islands. This is not a warm up game! This country has been given a deadline of 2015 to comply with the Protocols document signed by the NDP Administration who declared the negotiations to be successful, as they informed us that the British Government were eating out of the palm of their hands. In other words, they got all they wanted,” he said in the release.

21 Responses to “NDP slapping Good Governance ‘in the face’– Hon. Andrew A. Fahie”

  • ta ta (12/03/2014, 09:39) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    NOT TO WORRY FAHIE ELECTIONS IS TWO YEARS AWAY
  • HA!! (12/03/2014, 09:55) Like (10) Dislike (16) Reply
    This reminds me of when VIP had the 11-2 majority in the HOA and literally laughed at the two Doctors whenever they showed up and asked them any question. They simply ignored them and kept it moving. Two wrongs don't make a right and if Government is holding information back, then that's wrong as it hurts the country. But it's always good entertainment to watch the pot and kettle go at it about who's bottom is blacker! Checkmate!
  • vex (12/03/2014, 10:03) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    i agree 100percent with fahie ndp is sick and must be voted out
  • Why (12/03/2014, 10:26) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    why in 2014 would they bring such a silly bill to the hoa eh?
    • Seeker of Information (12/03/2014, 13:00) Like (38) Dislike (10) Reply
      People we need to be seekers of information instead of being consumers of propaganda. How can you state that the Legislation is Silly? Did you read it....? Or did you say so because Hon. Fahie and VINO said so? There was a meeting to discuss the Legislation by the drafters and Hon. Fahie did not attend. But he's here trying to score political mileage, further misinforming the people. Leaders educate and uplift not spread misinformation and propaganda.

      People we need to seek information for ourselves, similar legislation have been inacted across the Caribbean and the world. The world and the way we operate today is driven by the use of Technology. So it is imperative that we have laws that protect the privacy of individual while operating online and in a technologically advanced world. We need not allow these politicians to pander to our emotions and seek knowledge and be better informed. We are better than that as a people.
      • HEH (12/03/2014, 14:13) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
        You are wasting your time here Seeker. These people don't care to be informed because they might find out they're wrong. They rather hear what makes them feel good and stick to it. Everything here is the white man or caribbean expats fault and that's that.
      • @ Seeker of Information (12/03/2014, 17:34) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        Your comment would carry more weight were it not for the level of corruption we have experienced with this Administration. So don't give the populace wrong for not trusting a Bill which, for all intents and purposes appears to be caulked full of opportunities for them to stifle the only means we have of learning of the secret deals which is common place with the NDP!
      • UK student (13/03/2014, 03:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with you all the way. The reason being is that I am in the process of preparing my dissertation for next year and one thing the ethical board is cognizant of is whether the jurisdiction that you are applying to has good ethical standing on how privacy is handled. I feel that the bill is heading in the right direction. Sometimes as a people we must realize that it is not everything should be in the open.
  • x factor (12/03/2014, 11:30) Like (54) Dislike (18) Reply
    Ndp all the way
    • TO; X FACTOR (12/03/2014, 22:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Keep dreaming boss you will get the same shock VIP got in 2011
  • egg face (12/03/2014, 11:42) Like (9) Dislike (19) Reply
    Fahie thanks for speaking up and out good job brox bummer
  • LOL (12/03/2014, 14:12) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well Andrew should change his name to Good Governance then. That would make it all the more appropriate for NDP.
  • ooooo (12/03/2014, 16:56) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    the "D" in ndp stands for dictators
  • facts man (12/03/2014, 18:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need help from the uk and usa to rescued the bvi from this corrupt & haters of freedom NDP Government.
  • smdh (12/03/2014, 22:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ndp wants to shut down the online media because unlike zbvi and others some online news sites will not take their words hook, line and sinker.
  • Confucius (12/03/2014, 23:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The constitution of the Virgin Islands guarantee freedom of speech and press where is the attorney general and ‘lawyer’ Myron
  • Sam (13/03/2014, 16:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I laugh at the comments some people write regarding these stories. People speak about corrupt Government and so on an so forth. Suppose the situation in the BVI was as bad as some claim it is? As bad as many think we have it here in the BVI, we are far better off than many countries in the region. Those who are quick to complain or cry corruption are those who were forced off the tax payers nipples. They will probably vote against NDP hoping to vote them out of office but you know what? Regardless of which party is in power, they will always complain unless they are reaping the sweets of over inflated government contracts to move earth from point A to point B for no apparent reason. The so called small man is never satisfied.


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