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Premier Fahie asks Speaker to swear in Mark H. Vanterpool to HoA

- said matter has become a source of discord & bitterness
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, has asked Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Willock, centre, to reconsider his position and swear in Mr Mark H. Vanterpool, right, as a Member of the HoA at the next sitting. Photo: Facebook/VINO/File
Fourth District Representative-Elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool, centre, speaks to reporters after the High Court on May 2, 2019 ordered the Speaker Hon Julian Willock to swear him in to the House of Assembly. Photo: Facebook
Fourth District Representative-Elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool, centre, speaks to reporters after the High Court on May 2, 2019 ordered the Speaker Hon Julian Willock to swear him in to the House of Assembly. Photo: Facebook
A date for the next sitting of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) has not yet been announced by the Clerk of the House. Photo: VINO/File
A date for the next sitting of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) has not yet been announced by the Clerk of the House. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Noting that he is of the view the matter over the swearing in of Fourth District Representative-Elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool, which is pending before the Court of Appeal, has been hanging over the territory for an inordinate amount of time and has become a source of discord and bitterness among persons, Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has asked Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Willock to and swear in Mr Vanterpool at the next HoA sitting.

Premier Fahie stated his position via a statement released today, June 16, 2019.

According to Premier Fahie, the stalemate is undermining the harmony and family spirit which is the soul of our society.

“After much consultation, meditation and prayer, I have decided to ask the Honourable Speaker of the House of Assembly to reconsider his position and to swear-in Mr Mark H. Vanterpool as the representative for the 4th District at the next Sitting of the House of Assembly.

“No political or legal victory – whether you are right or you are wrong – is worth the loss of our soul,” Premier Fahie stated.

‘A slap in the face of democracy’

Hon Fahie noted that his request is “without prejudice to the strong legal and moral stance” that has been adopted by the Honourable Speaker.

He added that he is firmly of the view, based on advice received, that the 4th District seat was indeed vacated by the resignation of Mr Vanterpool on March 5, 2019 - a mere 8 days after the February 25, 2019 General Election and 7 days before the 4th House of Assembly was convened to commence business.

“One of the reasons I felt the Speaker was right to pursue this matter to the fullest extent in the courts is because the fiasco created by Mr Vanterpool exposed an apparent lacuna in the Constitution; one that should be adjudicated upon for future reference.”

Hon Fahie clarified that regardless of Mr Vanterpool’s “erroneous addressing” of his resignation letter, “he was pellucidly clear in his video address of his intention to abandon his responsibility to the constituents who elected him, albeit by a very small margin.”

“His conduct was a slap in the face of our democracy, an insult to the constituents of the 4th District - in particular those electors who voted for Mr Vanterpool, and a betrayal of the sacred trust that forms when a constituent gives their vote to a nominee for office.”

According to Hon Fahie, Mr Vanterpool made a mockery of representative politics.

Welfare of territory comes first- Premier Fahie

Premier Fahie added that, notwithstanding all that is wrong with Mr Vanterpool’s conduct, the welfare of the territory comes first. And in this regard, he has humbly intimated to the Honourable Speaker that it is his view that the time has come for the territory to move past this dark episode so that the House of Assembly and the people of the territory can focus on some of the very pressing issues that require urgent attention.

“While the four Territorial At Large representatives, who belong to the government, have been providing excellent representational support to the constituents of the 4th District, I believe that this still hamstrings the constituents compared to the citizens of the other 8 electoral districts, which have an individual District Representative as well as the support of the four Territorial At Large representatives.”

“As I have strived to emphasise since the start of this fiasco on March 5, under the Westminster Parliamentary system, the Speaker has authority over the management of the affairs of the House – not the Executive. Therefore, it is ultimately left to the judgement and authority of the Speaker to do as he believes best in line with the responsibilities and duties of his office.

“I hope these words help to bring some resolution to this unfortunate and messy situation.”

Mr Vanterpool needs to answer for millions in accounted funds

Hon Fahie said he welcomes the presence of Mr Vanterpool in the House of Assembly as he believes there are a number of distressing issues with which he is ideally equipped to assist the territory as a minister of the immediate past administration.

“One such issue is the accounting for tens of millions of dollars sunk into the Pier Park project for which the paperwork has conveniently vanished.”

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Hon Willock did not immediately respond to queries from our newsroom. It is also unclear when the next sitting of the HoA would be held.

See link to related article:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/speaker-willock-moves-to-court-of-appeal

34 Responses to “Premier Fahie asks Speaker to swear in Mark H. Vanterpool to HoA”

  • That’s Why ... (16/06/2019, 13:45) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    “Hon Fahie said he welcomes the presence of Mr Vanterpool in the House of Assembly as he believes there are a number of distressing issues with which he is ideally equipped to assist the territory as a minister of the immediate past administration.

    “One such issue is the accounting for tens of millions of dollars sunk into the Pier Park project for which the paperwork has conveniently vanished.””

    .... he is to be sworn in ... to account for the millions ...
    • Love for My Country (16/06/2019, 14:17) Like (46) Dislike (17) Reply
      @That's why: Mark is on the Opposition. In the House of Assembly, it is the Opposition who ask the Government questions. So how will Mark account for anything? Notwithstanding, I do not think the Premier is giving us the whole truth on the matter of the swearing in of Mark. The High Court ruled in Mark favour and later the Speaker said that he would appeal. My feeling is that after the petition went to the Governor, the UK stepped in and gave an ultimatum to the Premier so to speak. This whole sage should have been over a long time ago.
      • Outlaw (16/06/2019, 14:57) Like (12) Dislike (17) Reply
        @Love for my country. You comment is out reached. The matter is before the COA so no petition can supersede the court matter. Neither can UK. The judge ruling is not written in stone, that’s why there is a COA and. Privy Council.
        • Love for My Country (16/06/2019, 15:14) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
          @Outlaw: Your comment is the one that is out reached. I am not the one telling the Speaker to swear in Mark. Don't you think the Premier would be aware that the matter is before the Court of Appeal. So if that is the case, why then he would tell the public that he has asked the Speaker to swear in Mark? You need to do some moroe research on this one and come again!
          • wize up (16/06/2019, 15:52) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
            @ love of my country/ out law: lets set aside the Tribalism/tribal war and move forward: the dam ting drag on far to long: there is no more fun in the matter: I found the whole matter very amusing when it began but lets see how we can move ahead: forget the Babylon-System(high court; low court; tennis court!!!!)..
          • Outlaw (16/06/2019, 16:01) Like (18) Dislike (18) Reply
            @love for my country, the premier give all the reasons, go and read his statement. Mark is the one to blame in this whole saga and you guys want to shift blame on everyone else but him.
        • Yo (16/06/2019, 15:38) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
          Who is over the constiturion, irs the Governor, so if he the Governor shuts it doen then then the Government shuts down too!
      • :) (16/06/2019, 18:11) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
        @love for my country. The governor and the UK does not have any power over the HOA. Read the constitution. Its like all ayo know about the constitution is how a member should resign.
      • That’s Why (16/06/2019, 18:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        The Premier’s statement is as quoted above. Check with the Premier ...
    • 4 Diatrict (17/06/2019, 12:01) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Since when does the opposition are asked questions the premier knows better the two last paragraphs are to satisfy his cronies
  • fscts (16/06/2019, 13:56) Like (29) Dislike (8) Reply
    So I knew he will throw Willock under the bus
    • j (16/06/2019, 16:20) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
      He didn't throw him under. The premier finally decided to 'man-up' because it is the right thing to do. The petition hit hard. I am not a fan of Mark but I am happy that this thing is finally being resolved.
  • wize up (16/06/2019, 14:39) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Very good idea: specifically in the interest of getting first hand information from the former minister about the so-called tens of millions....
  • wize up (16/06/2019, 14:50) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ facts: I think the leader & the speaker had some level of conversation on the matter before this breaking news....
  • Out of context. (16/06/2019, 16:21) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Something went on behind closed doors and it ok. Tell the Premier to send and get the to Prisoners BVI have in Venezuela Jail , starving to death , while Venezolans can come here without Visa for humanitarian reasons. Don’t let his men die in Venezuela jail please. I know am out of context but had to find a way to bring it to the Public. Amen and Amen.
    • Yo (16/06/2019, 18:32) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You did nothing wrong if thats the case the premier shoyld atlest try and step in, send to dedetives to soeak to the guys,!
      • out of context (16/06/2019, 20:30) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
        Yes! Biggie that Spingette boy and Mr Joseph , Jeff ‘s who got killed by the night club are down in Venezuela Jail so long and case no call yet , they plan to let these my die in Jail down there. That’s not fair and we here feeding their people and bringing them in in bunches. Stoke a deal with them Get Biggie out.
        • Jaigon (16/06/2019, 22:11) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ our of context, let them ass stay down there in jail and rot especially that Joseph man. He got released from Antigua jail on medical grounds and not even a month after, he down in Venezuela running drugs again. How foolish can a man be. Now you all here chatting piss, bout get them from down there. Let them stay where they be, two problems less to worry about
  • nosey (16/06/2019, 17:16) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    We still need to know the cost and the Court of Appeals' decision. Please continue the transparency.
    • @nosey (16/06/2019, 20:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly! What about Precedent!!!! What about court of appeal!!!!! Will the appeal go through!!!!!
    • wize up (16/06/2019, 22:17) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ nosey: the word on the street says the cost is a round 40 mil: one fellow said 7.2mil: one person was arguing the cost is just 8 mil: let us await the appeals’ decision.
  • legal team (16/06/2019, 18:43) Like (19) Dislike (10) Reply
    The Premier's decision is not on a point of law or a Constitutional point,but based on his professional judgement and consideration for public good without malice and without prejudice.
    Therefore,the most I will say on this matter is ["Hon.Fahie is one of the most honest human being who ever represented people"].
  • Interested (16/06/2019, 18:52) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    What is the real reason for the change of heart.? Enquiring minds want to know
    • barbie (17/06/2019, 09:58) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      He will tell you as soon as Mark tells us the true reason for his resignation.
  • facts (16/06/2019, 21:44) Like (10) Dislike (15) Reply
    We still love and believe in our speaker
  • WHY? (16/06/2019, 22:27) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
    Damage control...it may be too late but the lack of interference by the Premier in the early weeks of this drama has hurt him in ways that he will not recover from; but at least he is making an effort, even if it is late.
  • Simon says (17/06/2019, 01:20) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    two of them have personal issues with pool. One had a supermarket matter while the other man had a security issue
  • musa (17/06/2019, 07:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    great news move on with your dutys
  • History.. (17/06/2019, 08:40) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    Great move. Keep it up Mr Premier and History will record you as the BVI best leader if not the region best leader.... With God first you can't go wrong...A tough decision but the right one... Leadership matters!
  • @ History (17/06/2019, 18:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Only now Premier know it had a God to turn to? Where he think God was all the time? He can fool some people some of the time but he can't fool all of the people all of the time. A lot of us knows lies and dishonesty when we hear them. Premier Fahie needs to start to lead.. big baby
  • wize up (17/06/2019, 20:24) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    I personally think give the man his job: as an alternative have the bi-election which should give vanterpool the option to put his hat in the ring: who win the district vote will run tings for 4 years: with a bi election the people of this territory will make the decision not the governor; the court system or the speak of the house (the voters of the district)...just my personal opinion
  • Agree (17/06/2019, 21:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with the Premier, it's time to squash this. If Mark win the appeal, which he has a high chance of winning, the Government is going to have to pay all his legal fees along with back salary. As Hon. Fahie said it's time to move forward there are more pressing issues to address.


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