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Premier chides Opposition Leader for mockery of security detail

- Said it concerns safety of his family also but Opposition wants public to think it's wasting tax payers money
Opposition Leader and third-term legislator Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), right, has been rebuked for his trifling of the matter of security detail for Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) disclosed in the House of Assembly today, July 31, 2019 that $270,526.90 has been incurred as legal fees in the recent court battle between Fourth District Representative Hon Mark H. Vanterpool, right, and Speaker of the HoA Hon Julian Willock, left. $130,525.20 has already been paid. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) disclosed in the House of Assembly today, July 31, 2019 that $270,526.90 has been incurred as legal fees in the recent court battle between Fourth District Representative Hon Mark H. Vanterpool, right, and Speaker of the HoA Hon Julian Willock, left. $130,525.20 has already been paid. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Opposition Leader and third-term legislator Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has been rebuked for his trifling of the matter of security detail for Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

Premier Fahie has already said publicly he was advised by the National Security Council to get personal security detail following at least three threats of assassination against him since he became Premier.

And while Hon Fahie, during the May 17, 2019, Third Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands (VI, when responding to questions on his security detail, had said due to the nature and sensitivity of the matter and in the name of national security, he wanted to “crave the indulgence” of the Honourable Leader of the Opposition to have the matter properly ventilated at a different forum amongst all of his colleagues, the issue came up briefly and unexpectedly during the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands today, July 31, 2019.

Legal fees for Speaker Willock nowhere close to $7.2M!

At the time, Hon Penn had wanted to know the total amount in legal fees incurred by the Government of the Virgin Islands in the case between Speaker Hon Julian Willock and Fourth District Representative Hon Mark H. Vanterpool.

Premier Fahie had previously stated that the bill so far is $270,526.90, with $130,525.20 already paid.

He noted; however, that the court is yet to rule on costs so he was unsure of what the total amount would be.

“It the matter of costs is still in the courts essentially cost could go up to an additional $120,000 based on my understanding of what Hon Vanterpool paid for his legal case if he is awarded legal costs. So that is about $490, 000, close to half a million dollars to the people,” Hon Penn speculated.

Premier Fahie retorted: “No, it wouldn’t be as much as the $7.2M for the plane that we haven’t found yet,” and reiterated that there was an incurred cost to Government because there was a conflict between the Attorney General and the Speaker.

Premier Fahie had explained that the Attorney General had previously advised Hon Vanterpool on his ‘resignation’ matter at the time and it would have been a conflict of interest to then represent the Speaker in court.

“If there was no conflict then there would have been no bill here as the Attorney General would have been representing the Speaker, but since there was a conflict the Speaker had to get independent legal attorney, which has cost the tax payers some money.”

Regarding the total legal fees to be paid by Government, Hon Fahie said, “Whether it would be more or not I don’t want to pre-empt the courts.

At this point, Hon Penn said: “Yes Mr Premier, you are certainly right it it’s less than the $7.2M and also less than the one point something million we paying for security so…”

Security detail no joking matter!

Premier Fahie then rebutted that the Opposition Member was giving false information as the cost for his security was nowhere he was suggesting.

“And I need security and I don’t take it lightly whenever you make joke on that because that is my family and me and I realise the Opposition has this for a joke, certain members, because you want people to think that I am wasting the tax payers money with security.”

Premier Fahie continued, “But one of these days I will tell you why I need it, since ayo pushing me to do it.”

Deputy Speaker Hon Neville A. Smith (AL) then called for order in the HoA.

12 Responses to “Premier chides Opposition Leader for mockery of security detail”

  • E. Leonard (31/07/2019, 16:34) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    Though civic collaboration is the goal of the HOA, the driving force is conflict. Politics is about conflict and disagreement, for without disagreement there is no need for politics. A common agreement in a democracy is to agree to tolerate difference. Mao Zedong concluded that politics is war without bloodshed; a way of resolving conflict/disagreement without resorting to violence. The VI is a relative peaceful territory and so too are its people. The VI is a developing country and with growth and development comes the good, the bad and the ugly. The days of people leaving their home unlock or walking anywhere in the dark of night without fear..........etc is something of yesteryear. Everyone whether in the public or private sector has a moral obligation to protect his or her family. It is unfortunate that the Premier and his family may require personal physical security. If so it is the cost of doing business. Further, if there are credible threats on the life of the Premier and his family, the VI is doing the right thing by providing security.
    • Listen (31/07/2019, 20:09) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
      ...credible threats... is key! we don't know because the Premier is silent on it and the Chief of Police as well
    • Disinterested (31/07/2019, 20:16) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
      “If so it is the cost of doing business.“ What cost of doing business? None of the following Chief Ministers/Premiers to the best of my knowledge had body guards: HL Stoutt, CB Romney, Dr. W Wheatley, RT O’Neal and Dr DO Smith. This escapade will cost hundred of thousand of dollars. What are the taxpayers getting for this?
      • wize up (01/08/2019, 04:10) Like (11) Dislike (16) Reply
        @disintristed: news flash; at the very least you have some idea where your tax money going regarding the security for Hon Fahie: what did the same taxpayers of our homeland get for that 7.2 million(BVI Airways): can you honestly see where 40 million in cost over run at the CB Romney Pier Park gone(other than in someone private pocket) what have the tax payers of the BVI gotten for that 8 millions that was allocated for sewage in east end: some of us can see the high school wall over 1 million already spent however the project still not completed: how comes the governor now have armed police up and down with him: the first governor can here in 1972 and from then till until now(no armed police): so why can the chap from the U.K. be privileged with armed security and for the little-boy from Road Town security is major drama(I not on here defending nothing because I have my own fish to fry each and every day)..somehow some of we wants to forget those millions because their is different administration but criminals should be punished(run talk tat)
        • Disinterested (01/08/2019, 11:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          @Wize Up, I’m just asking questions like Socrates did on Athen’s street corner. Nonetheless, agree that there must be a full accounting of a) $7.2M BVI Airways give away, b) EE/LL Sewage treatment Plant $8M repurposing , c) TPP $40M cost overrun, $ 1M ESHS Great Wall.....etc.. If a full accoubting reveal that ithere is nothing to see there, it is a win-win for all But if there are wrong doing, the guilty should pay. A government being kicked to the curb is not a free ticket out of possible wrong doings.
          • wize up (01/08/2019, 12:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
            @ disintrested: point taken: as people of the Virgin Islands we have to be very vigilant as to where are heading: political leadership is one of most strategic Pillows of the British Virgin Islands
      • huh (01/08/2019, 10:06) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply
        The previous Chief Ministers and Premiers lives were never threatened so there was no need for security. Use your common sense nuh buddy
  • wize up (31/07/2019, 18:36) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    that 2 shall past
  • auditor (31/07/2019, 21:54) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    Premier Fahie continued, “But one of these days I will tell you why I need it, since ayo pushing me to do it.” Keep pushing Hon. Penn. I would like him to tell us all why he really needs.
    • EastEnd/Long Look local (01/08/2019, 10:37) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
      Hon Premier, don't allow Hon Penn to pressure you with his talk...He sat in the HOA for 8 long years and never uttered a word about the deception of the NDP.
  • Xxx (31/07/2019, 22:37) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply

    Smuf is. J**kss

  • Sure (01/08/2019, 08:47) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Smurf or smirk?

    He stands and smirks his way through the proceedings like a cocky little schoolboy.


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