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NDP's 'corruption' threatens VI's stability-Hon Fahie

-points to 'clear violations of the Protocols and Financial Management Act'
Chairman and Leader of the Opposition Hon, Andrew A. Fahie (R1), has chronicled how the vast corruption and poor financial management of the NDP, has now muddied the Territory’s relations and negotiating powers with that of the United Kingdom. Photo: Team of Reporters
Over the past year alone, the NDP has been involved in several financial and procurement controversies including the $1.6M ‘small wall’ at the Elmore Stoutt High School, commissioned by the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
Over the past year alone, the NDP has been involved in several financial and procurement controversies including the $1.6M ‘small wall’ at the Elmore Stoutt High School, commissioned by the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman and Leader of the Opposition Honourable, Andrew A. Fahie (R1), believes corruption and poor financial management by the National Democratic Party (NDP), has now muddied the Territory’s relations and negotiating powers with the United Kingdom (UK) and threatens the Virgin Island’s (VI) political stability, at its very core.

The revelations were made during his monthly press conference held today, Friday November 16, 2018, at the studios of the Caribbean Broadcast Network (CBN) in Road Town, the Capital City.  

Stability threatened

“The peace, stability, and tranquility of our beloved VI is now threatened on all fronts especially politically,” Hon Fahie said.

 “Our role as a VI people in the economic stratosphere is now being threatened and most likely significantly reduced,” the Opposition Leader told the press.

Reflecting on the past, Hon Fahie asserted that for the past six years, he has been echoing the same sentiments to deaf ears.

According to Fahie, “If we do not police ourselves then someone will police us in a manner that we all will regret,” statements, Hon Fahie now calls facts. 

The Opposition Leader pointed to an agreement the NDP signed with the UK Government in 2012 saying, “on the April 23, 2012, the current Administration negotiated and signed with the UK: The Protocols For Effective Financial Management.”

He said, “the strength of the government to negotiate this document was made evident when they informed the people of the VI that during the negotiations, the NDP Government had the UK official handling this matter, eating out of the palm of their hands.”

Hon Fahie posited that at the time, the NDP Government may have felt that they had the better end of the negotiations.

“These documents were geared at changing the manner in which Government conducted business in every respect, especially financially,” the Opposition leader said.

He cited as example that,” all projects as of 2012, when the Protocols were signed, would have had to be tendered…  The life cycle of all projects must be determined prior to the implementation of any project...  Competitive bidding was required for all projects.”

These steps, he said, were to ensure that transparency, accountability and good governance was restored to avoid the abuse of finances.  

Poor procurement & financial management

Hon Fahie suggested that the documents paved the way for, “a transparent and modern procurement process that would allow for value for money to become the norm and not the exception.”

The NDP government however, over the past year alone, has been involved in several financial and procurement controversies including the $1.6M ‘small wall’ at the Elmore Stoutt High School, commissioned by the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

“My people, had the current government remain true to what they signed in the mentioned documents, then we would now be negotiating from a position of strength… we would have shown the UK and the international world that we are more than capable of policing ourselves.”

He suggested that what obtains instead, is that almost every tenet of the documents, especially the Protocols for Effective Financial Management, were violated.

“Awarding of contracts using petty contracts now changed to using purchase orders which are issued for any expenses under ten thousand dollars...Purchase orders are primarily used to pay for certain goods and services…. Instead are now being used to do million-dollar projects by splitting the project up into purchase orders to avoid the financial controls used for petty contracts, ”

According to the Opposition Leader, these represent a clear violation of the Protocols and Financial Management Act. 

13 Responses to “NDP's 'corruption' threatens VI's stability-Hon Fahie ”

  • all the same (16/11/2018, 15:09) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
    Whenever one party is not in power, they can see all of the mistakes, corruption or other trespasses of the sitting government. When the voters make a change, the new government does the same as the ousted one. It is a crazy vicious cycle. When Financial Services was booming, both governments could have built this country with the amount of money that went into paving guts, which now causes massive flooding in the capital and other areas whenever it rains. We have very little to show for the wealth we had and the season of EMPTY PROMISES is about to begin. Lord, have mercy on us!
    • To all the same (16/11/2018, 21:38) Like (19) Dislike (9) Reply
      Speak for yourself. Fahie will surprise many and be one of the best leaders ever in the BVI. Time will soon tell.
      • Reply (17/11/2018, 13:24) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
        but Fahie done the Premier we just waiting to confirm on election day!
  • NezRez (16/11/2018, 15:14) Like (19) Dislike (24) Reply
    Yes, our stability is in jeopardy, but I hope if VIP does get in office, they will not forget why they were voted OUT! You made we the people feel hopeless and helpless too. I want to see if you will change your bullying ways like always stating before “if you are not with us, then you are against us”. I will never forget those threatening words. Walk lightly this time and remember you are supposed to be for the entire BVI, and not just your districts. We will be watching and listening. Remember, history can repeat itself.
  • Hmmmm (16/11/2018, 16:09) Like (15) Dislike (17) Reply
    Looks who's talking lol
  • voter (16/11/2018, 17:47) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    I got some questions and Fahie, you could answer some of them;
    Why should I vote for you?
    Have you changed?
    Will you be less corrupt and more transparent and accountable than who we got now?
    Why should the VIP candidates who have been announced so far be voted in?
    Is VIP going to be different?
    To NDP, why should I vote for any current or resigned NDP?
    Isn't it all the same set who have the place so f..ed up in the first place?
    Myron , why they can't work with you?
    Mitch, Archie, Ronnie, Picko, if ayo can't get along and sustain the infighting, can we expect a breakaway tea party in another 4 years?
    My opinion is none ago really care about we. Is who lodge for higher powers to pull up or bruk down.
    I.dont trust none ago. Cane Garden people, Mitch want to be premier and he brother is the lodge man behind it. Put him back in and ago will hear the news
    • @ voter (18/11/2018, 10:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You hater go ask Ronnie Myron and mr zzzzzz
      Those questions its them who fuck up the country
  • ABC (16/11/2018, 19:17) Like (27) Dislike (11) Reply
    Vip all the way the bvi best hope
  • okay (16/11/2018, 21:37) Like (28) Dislike (7) Reply
    Fahie don't mind the few haters. More are with you than those against.
  • Youth (16/11/2018, 21:42) Like (38) Dislike (4) Reply
    Fahie you and the VIP have my full support and that if many other youths.
  • 6th district (16/11/2018, 21:45) Like (25) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hon. Fahie thanks for keeping us informed of what this government was doing especially with our tax dollars.
  • jail (16/11/2018, 22:21) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    We trust andrew any time over mvw and mark
  • power hungry (17/11/2018, 20:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    That’s all is see in all the politicians just like to talk about when one person do something wrong, they all going to do until damn England come here and take over just like Turk and Caicos, for such an small places it have move party than them big islands, they all can’t witk together cause they all want power not good at all,this coming election will be a lot of trouble. Don’t cry for the one that going cry for the one that know all the wrong about the one that going what u know about the one that coming, never put ur faith in man they always fail

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