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Public Finance Act ignored on Port Project- Report

- Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool fires back; claims Auditor General Report is not authentic!
Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool, Minister for Communications and Works has broken his silence on the controversial Auditor General Report on the Port Development Project. He said he was forced to challenge the authenticity of the Report. Hon Vanterpool also claimed that the Tortola Pier Park Group did not get the National Democratic Party Government's approval because of their involvement in the BVI Investment Club. Photo: VINO, Provided
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith has responded to the Auditor General Report which has unearthed corruption, conflict of interest, disregard for the laws of the Virgin Islands, unfair practices, undue influence in favour of one developer, disregard for the established tendering process and no one looking out for the interest of the people and tax payers of the Virgin Islands, putting the people at a disadvantage. Dr. Smith claimed that his government did nothing wrong and that 'he needs no greater check and balance than his good conscience and God’s guiding hand!' Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith has responded to the Auditor General Report which has unearthed corruption, conflict of interest, disregard for the laws of the Virgin Islands, unfair practices, undue influence in favour of one developer, disregard for the established tendering process and no one looking out for the interest of the people and tax payers of the Virgin Islands, putting the people at a disadvantage. Dr. Smith claimed that his government did nothing wrong and that 'he needs no greater check and balance than his good conscience and God’s guiding hand!' Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The war of words continues over the damning Audit Report of the Port Development Project now tied around the neck of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration.

NDP responds-‘Trust us we did nothing wrong!’

Ms Sonia M. Webster, the Virgin Islands’ Auditor General (a constitutional post), in an Audit Report on the controversial Port Development Project which is allegedly in the hands of the United Kingdom appointed Governor William B. McCleary and a House of Assembly select Public Accounts Committee, continues to be the talk of the town.

The Auditor General's Report on the Port Development Project unearthed corruption, conflict of interest, disregard for the laws of the Virgin Islands, unfair practices, undue influence in favor of one developer, disregard for the established tendering process and no one looking out for the interest of the people and tax payers of the Virgin Islands, putting the people at a disadvantage.

After hearing from the Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith in a statement on November 1, 2013 where he claimed to “set the record straight” and saying in effect that the Auditor General Ms Webster had it all wrong and that we must trust him and his government because “I need no greater check and balance than my good conscience and God’s guiding hand!”, now comes another statement from government.

This time the man at the centre of the controversy, the Communications and Works Minister Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), released his own statement. The November 5, 2013 statement by Minister Vanterpool said he was “forced at this stage, to challenge the authenticity of the Report”. In other words, Hon. Vanterpool, according to the meaning of authenticity, is insinuating that Ms Webster is telling lies to the public and her report cannot be real and truthful.

One of the revelations in the Auditor General Report is that the developer recommended and approved by the NDP Government, the Tortola Pier Park (TTP) Group, had named the BVI Investment Club as its local partner, page 11 (61).

However, the Minister for Communications and Works said in his statement, “let me state categorically here, that Government’s approval of the Project was never based on the involvement of the BVI Investment Club”.   

Public Finance Laws broken?

On page 4 (24) of the Report, Ms Webster writes “despite the magnitude of the newly proposed development, examinations of the records do not indicate any comprehensive planning or revised needs analysis to redefine the scope of the project and development of the upland. The provisions of the Public Finance Management Regulations with respect to public procurement were largely ignored”.

After the process was halted by Government on August 12, 2012 in an attempt to comply with the rules and laws, Premier Smith said in his own statement of November 1, 2013 that, “we in fact extended the deadline for those bids beyond the initial deadline, in order to allow more time for bidders to make their submissions”.

However, on page 10 (54) the report stated, “the publications above provided submission period of less than two weeks for a project envisioned to cost $50 million-$75 million. The extended submission date of September 12, 2012 was not found in any of the publications examined. In addition, no evidence was found to support assertions that the tender was also advertised in the Wall Street Journal”.

While the Report clearly documented that government was not following proper practices, the VI was at a grave disadvantage in going with the TTP, and not receiving value for money before the project was stopped and went out to public tender, the Auditor General still raises serious issues during the public tender process.

On page 11 (64) Ms Webster writes “subsequent tendering of the works was performed to satisfy the Public Finance Management Regulations provisions on procurement but in a fashion which did not allow for broad scale participation of other qualifying developers. The highly specific nature of the project requirements created an advantage in favour of the previously selected developer (TPP).”

No conflict of interest- Hon. Vanterpool

While the Auditor General in her Report has not named any Minister of Government who has engaged in conflict of interest issues, she did refer on page 11 (62) ii, to the declarations of interest made publicly in the October 10, 2011 Gazette.

The Auditor writes “the declarations of interest show more than one elected member with shareholding interests in subsidiary companies owned by the BVI Investment Club”.

The same Gazette, Vol. XLV, No 63 2611 (extraordinary) publication listed some 11 companies that Mr Vanterpool declared as having an interest in the capacity of either Director, Manager or Shareholder before the General Elections of November 2011.

They are; 1. LTL Cargo (B.V.I.) Ltd., which provides freight consolidation and shipping services from time to time to various Government Departments and Statutory Bodies including BVI Ports Authority, BVI Electricity Corporation and Social Security Board.

2. K-Mark’s Foods (1996) Limited, which supplies foodstuff and general merchandise from time to time to various Government Departments and Statutory Bodies including BVI Ports Authority, BVI Electricity Corporation and Social Security Board.

3. Caribbean Office Furniture & Systems Limited, which from time to time supplies and installs office furniture and systems to various Government Departments and Statutory Bodies including BVI Ports Authority, BVI Electricity Corporation and Social Security Board.

4. MHL Holdings Limited, which is a Lessee under a Head-Lease from Wickhams Cay Development Authority. MHL rents commercial spaces to tenants.

5. DMV Enterprises Limited, which is a Lessee under a Head-Lease from Wickhams Cay Development Authority. DMV rents commercial space to tenants.

6. Columbus Centre Development Limited, which is a Lessee under a Head-Lease from Wickhams Cay Development Authority. Columbus rents Commercial spaces to tenants.

7. Mount Sage Investment which holds shares in Ocean Conversion

8. Sage Investment which holds shares in Caribbean Cellular Telephone Company.

9. Sage Yacht Harbour Enterprises Ltd., which holds shares in Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour.

10. Sage Marina Holdings Ltd., which holds shares in Village Cay Marina

11. Lambert Holdings Limited, which holds shares in Greenfield Property Holdings Limited which is party to development agreement with Government for the development of resort property at Lambert Beach.

“I further declare that I received a monthly pension payment from the Government of the Virgin Islands. Dated October 7, 2011(Sgd.) Mark Vanterpool,” the Gazette states.

However, Minister Vanterpool told the public in his statement that “I can publicly declare that approximately one month after the General Elections of 2011, I resigned from being a member of the BVI Investment Club and divested my interest in its investment companies”.

In the Audit Report, one of the recommendations made by Ms Webster is that “all public agencies should apply the highest standards when seeking to engage contractors on public projects. This is particularly so on multi-million dollar projects which bind the Government for the long term. This must include competitive procurement procedures, full transparency and equitable terms. The procurement regulations of the Public Finance Management Act should be adhered to, along with the standards for good practice present in most industries”.

92 Responses to “Public Finance Act ignored on Port Project- Report”

  • concerned bvislander (07/11/2013, 07:59) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    What an enormous and serious situation you are in.......Mr. V.
    • free at last (07/11/2013, 15:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      he will get out of it Ralph as Chair of PAC is a zero and the governor on vacation until he couple months ends next year
  • ooooo (07/11/2013, 08:16) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    i am so proud of mrs webster for exposing the dirtiness thats been happening for the past 2 years
    • GoonSquad (07/11/2013, 08:53) Like (4) Dislike (24) Reply

      The process was done right and this will go no place. The port will be built under the NDP government. I never see a bunch of people who want to destroy their country and people like allu..00000, Sam and the rest of you.

      • @ goonSquad (07/11/2013, 09:07) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
        yea keep at it..each rope has an end deman
        • zoe (07/11/2013, 11:26) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
          .........WTH!!!! Am I missing something here? Am I reading this properly? Think I might need to see a doctor, I'm either delusional or dyslectic.
      • shaw (07/11/2013, 12:23) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

        the audit followed the law and procedures. You want a lawless land where the powerful can do what they want. The laws are there to protect the public. The process was NOT done right as the audit documents. The same procedure should be afforded the airport and beef island hotel.
        It is NDP which thinks it's above the law and can do no wrong.

    • the rock (07/11/2013, 22:15) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      she was there for the 4yrs prior..why she did not come out then too...lets hear your respond!
      • @ the rock (07/11/2013, 23:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        What was done is absolutely ridiculous, ultra vires, illegal, out of order!!!! keep the focus on the now not four years agao
  • wise up (07/11/2013, 08:18) Like (5) Dislike (20) Reply
    my point will always be; the money was given the BV Islanders...when large sums of money is given to non belongers we dont do this much investigative reporting BUT now our own people getting work we going to the ends of the earth to make problems; let me say this, millions of your money, millions of my money and millions of our grandchildren's money was spent on "green-house" under the VIP; can someone in good-faith speak on those wasted funds and who got those millions of dollars; yeh, i full understnd the process was a questionable BUT at the end of the day the VI Lander got the money....what do we realy want as a people( we fuss when non bv islanders are given projects AND we fussing when the citzens of the country trying to make money) this all political grand-standing....ok, run to talk that
    • What a ting to tell the king (07/11/2013, 09:21) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      Wise up you are 100% right but between Bi-Water, Green House and all the other underhanded things that VIP did we kicked them out and expected better of this group!!!

      I for one am shocked to see the amount of money we spent on that greenhouse projects just for white tents! Millions and Millions but no free breakfast for our kids. No properly paved roads. Higher cost to go to St. Thomas and electric bills that are killing us.

      Fair exchange is no robbery but for God sakes man Claud is clueless about ports, Al Henly is clueless about ports. Gov't will not listen to the cries of the people. These are hard times for everyone. How many people are out of work? How many more will go home because Long Bay & Bobby's is close down? How many people are being laid off from the banks?

      We don't need a do for do attitude, the little we have must be invested wisely to get a return on our dollar. Who will be getting squeezed?

      Let's not even talk about the hospital and run away cost.

      • Environmentalist (08/11/2013, 06:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        The cruise lines reap a tremedous and disproportionate share of profit from all the tours they sell on board.

        We will regret the day we build those concrete monstrosities in our lovely harbour. Mark my words.

        • bam (08/11/2013, 09:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          The NDP fail more than they succeed, and even when they succeed it tends to be in the guise of foisting expensive white elephant projects on the country whi it can ill afford like this ports and airport projects.
    • pelican (07/11/2013, 12:32) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      two wrongs don't make a right. Both parties ignore the law and procedure. No one cared enough to audit either party's projects. Both parties ignored the people altogether. Given our climate, sun, soil and willingness of farmers- there was no need for green houses. It would have been cheaper to give farmers water irrigation and plots. There is a lot of waste on both sides. This means that if Government means anything to anyone, an attempt to choose affective new blood- activists who care and can be supported as candidates - should be identified now and organized to change government practices and corruption. AND there should be an act that a large project should trigger an audit automatically to correct any potential deviance from the law. It's called OVERSIGHT!
      • HELLO!! (07/11/2013, 15:09) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        Yea, but how come the big mouth people them only talking about NDP. Where were their mouths when VIP sent us in a financial crisis with all their under handed deal?
        • pelican (08/11/2013, 00:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          please re-read. I said "both parties ignore the laws and procedure". And many others feel the same.
    • you need to wise up (07/11/2013, 12:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You may be right on one instance, but you are wrong on two big notes. One, they sold off part off an asset that belongs to all of us. Two, only the few people in their little clique get to profit from the sale.

      A Government should act like a Board of Directors for a company in which all that County's Citizens are shareholders. Our Government act like a Board of Directors for their own little special interests groups. That's the problem.

      How do we solve it? Separate Executive from Legislature (as it is supposed to be). These Ministers have too much power. Let us elect the Deputy Governer independently and let him/her select the Permanent Secretaries and Directors of Statutory Boards. That way the Ministers cannot meddle in the affairs so directly. And in fact, the Ministers shouldn't even be in the Ministry offices. Leave then in HOA and let the Permanent Secretaries bring whatever they need signed over to them.
    • mr smooth (07/11/2013, 19:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ wise up this is not about NDP Or VIP its about the tax payers money be spent and they would not Benefiting from the development or developments in this country and we speaking what's happening presently ok political dummy
  • Voters (07/11/2013, 08:23) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Richard Nixon said I am not a crook
  • FBI (07/11/2013, 08:33) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    "11. Lambert Holdings Limited, which holds shares in Greenfield Property Holdings Limited which is party to development agreement with Government for the development of resort property at Lambert Beach." does this expalin the big road project or what?

    • HELLO!! (07/11/2013, 08:56) Like (2) Dislike (25) Reply
      So what is your point? Struppss...if it was a white man everything would be ok...Mark an others who are in the BVI Investment Club are belongers and I will continue to support them
    • . (07/11/2013, 09:01) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      sheer corruption!
    • Ummm (07/11/2013, 09:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The road that VIP approved prior to NDP taking office and would've been done anyway? Ok, carry on. lol
      • Ah (08/11/2013, 07:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        now we remember. a project already in the making.. so nothing new, although it was done was bad taste. Next!
  • HMM!!! (07/11/2013, 08:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    WOW!!!
    • tell the truth (07/11/2013, 11:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Beyond the Auditor report we need to keep the focus on the agony, hardship and bitter medicine the BVI people are enduring under for the last two years????
  • today is Nov 7 (07/11/2013, 08:49) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    It was Nov 7 two years ago we made the big mistake
    • Really? (07/11/2013, 09:21) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
      We won't be putting VIP again trust that. At least not in its current state. Get some young blood on that team with good ideas and good track records then you can talk. As bad as NDP seem right now put the other potential candidates alongside them and we will pick them again. That's reality.
      • @ Really? (07/11/2013, 10:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        This is going to cause a lot of hardship for we the people to have NDP in office any longer
    • @ today is Nov 7 (07/11/2013, 11:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      hahaha, absolutely....they can't believe people actually voted for these people
  • Anonymous MIllion Man March (07/11/2013, 08:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    A blind man could have seen this was a scam all along. A MAn. arrived and started taking trips all over the glob with his private secretary, even on Valentines day to St. Thomas. Then he started getting rid of and retiring anyone who he think would have stood in his way of corruption.

    He quickly got rid of the woman in finance who would not put up with his nonsense. It was a well known fact that while all this was going on he left the P E out of all meeting and decision making for the pt projects. If you can imagine planning major projects without an engineer.

    Then they hired Al Henly and tried to retire Creque, the most knowledgeable person in the ports. He was never invited to any meetings with this major ports project.

    The head of the computer department heads out the door to avoid corruption and favoritism

    This things is all about family, friends and girlfriends;

    With this line up what do you expect? MV***** pretends that he does not know what is going on

    C***Ce is very bad news for the Virgin Islands 

    Signed


    Anonymous is Watching


  • xxxxxxxx (07/11/2013, 09:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can you spell CORRUPTION!?!
    • BALO MAN (07/11/2013, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lie dem lie!
      • Osman adams (08/11/2013, 06:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        it’s frightening to think that BVI politicians are actually responsible for such interference in this project that value such vast sums of money.........
  • A Fahie (07/11/2013, 09:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow!
  • Eagle Eye (07/11/2013, 09:32) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply

    I resigned from being a member of the BVI Investment Club and divested my interest in its investment companies”. Who did you divest your shares to? your wife and son? when profit sharing they put thousand of dollars in your acct then when you out of politics you go back for the very shares you divest to spend the very same money you strike the deal with the cuise pier for??

    • What? (07/11/2013, 17:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What are you all talking about? Who in Mark's immediate family you'll see studying him?
  • focus (07/11/2013, 09:54) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply

    It is very troubling when the Auditor General who takes the files of any government department and do a comprehensive search and reports her findings in a professional way and the Premier and minister of communication will come to the people with rubbish in defense of their corruption fill with lies and to add insult to injury they have glover park here now trying to put a spin on this but we wont fall for this I call on the Governor to take the bull by the horn and reel in these cr**ks who in all intension want for them and their family only at the detriment of us all.

  • Chubbz (07/11/2013, 10:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    That hairline tho... lol
  • Wrong card (07/11/2013, 10:03) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Ministers, how dare you question the Auditor General's competence. None of you are in her league. This woman has high standards and integrity. Do you?
  • BREAKING NEWS (07/11/2013, 10:16) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    "The Auditor General's Report on the Port Development Project unearthed corruption, conflict of interest, disregard for the laws of the Virgin Islands, unfair practices, undue influence in favor of one developer, disregard for the established tendering process and no one looking out for the interest of the people and tax payers of the Virgin Islands, putting the people at a disadvantage." need I say anything else?

    • BOTTOM LINE (07/11/2013, 10:58) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Again this WHOLE thing is just sheer madness, this matter needs to be regulated and investigated by other independent bodies, like the FCO and the Scotland Yard.

      Or else HOW will the public and tax payers get justice when the government is saying the Auditor General is telling untruths? Common sense must prevail in the BVI, then again MAYBE not!!!
    • 5* (07/11/2013, 11:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      No you dont even Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder can see this.
  • queen makisha (07/11/2013, 10:31) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    This party really does not love the poor!
    • lets do tis ting (07/11/2013, 16:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      To those calling for Commission of Inquiry and Investigation, I AGREE 100 %
      • report (08/11/2013, 06:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        According to the Auditor General “despite the magnitude of the newly proposed development, examinations of the records do not indicate any comprehensive planning or revised needs analysis to redefine the scope of the project and development of the upland. The provisions of the Public Finance Management Regulations with respect to public procurement were largely ignored”. ting te talk dats all me ah say!!!!
  • BVI MAN - (07/11/2013, 10:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    The actions of the NDP and some in the Ports in the manner in which they handle this project leaves a lot of questions and now the way M**k and O****o (family) communicate is nothing less than true expression of denial. First world methodology being imitated and adopted with expat speech writers which is different to our culture and resulted with response not selling o the streets of the BVI! It could not have been done any worst; could it? Congratulations to the Auditor General for having the courage to secure the public interest.

  • MARCH (07/11/2013, 10:56) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    WORST GOVERNMENT EVER...... NEED A KUDETTA.... WEEEEE AS TOLIANS WOULD RATHER SIT AND TAKE DEATH.... WANT TO SEE WHERE YOU GONNA RUN TO WHEN WE BECOME A 4TH WORLD COUNTY
  • Fat Head (07/11/2013, 11:08) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    The BVI has regressed since the NDP took over the government, the countless crimes and the suffering this government brought on to the same people who were hungry to vote for them.
  • big bird (07/11/2013, 11:14) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    “forced at this stage, to challenge the authenticity of the Report”. Completely inappropriate and lacking in diplomacy.
  • Shara Parlin (07/11/2013, 11:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOL, what a joke, Brother Vanterpool and Smith, respond to the report has made me laugh several times. You can’t really be serious!!

  • wellsa (07/11/2013, 11:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    “I need no greater check and balance than my good conscience and God’s guiding hand!”, Wellsa you mean to say Government have it means of checks and balances in order to be transparent in its dealings one such being the Auditor General who are you premier that you walk above the law with this nonsence statement.
  • virgin gorda (07/11/2013, 11:28) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Amazing, with crime out of control, the economy tanking, increasing unemployment, citizens unable to get " water to drink, clean and bath themselves; the only time we hear from our Premier and Minister Mark, is when trying to hold on to power making petty statements.
  • Captain (07/11/2013, 11:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Uh...I have no words on this. None at all. The report and the NDP never ceases to surprise me. Especially with the utterances that come out of Mark and Doc mouth
  • Perish the thought!! (07/11/2013, 11:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is the matter with Mark?? (Shaking my head) ...Can someone advise him please! There must be another truth to what was written here.
  • England Coming (07/11/2013, 11:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks Auditor General for doing your job so efficient and sharing your findings with the public. Your Royal Highness please send held because all of these parties VIP/NDP/PPP can't be trusted. They don't care about the people all they are interested in is money and more money. Send help quick.
  • Hmmm (07/11/2013, 12:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    Mark. Julian.myron.ronnie.orlando. And uncle ralph need not to be in politics any longer. 

  • fish (07/11/2013, 12:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok! it wasn't me who say so...see it deh, auditor reports all lies not authentic, tis not from dey horses mouth hehehe....
  • Tortola people (07/11/2013, 12:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The only thing i can honestly say to all of this, is; BVI POLITICS is a BIG JOKE
  • WHAT A SHAME!!!! (07/11/2013, 12:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The whole hog guts burst now! But there is much more to be uncovered and many more to be exposed! This is shameful for our territory! Right is right and wrong is wrong. Just as light dispels darkness, so TRUTH overpowers LIES! At this pace, can anyone see this government lasting two more years, HONESTLY? Barry said "You will hear!!" I say "WE WILL SEE!!!"
  • Byron Scott (07/11/2013, 12:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    So to ignore the Public Finance regulations is to break the laws this is top level white collar crime and not a man gone to jail...
  • kick out (07/11/2013, 13:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    I was one who wanted the VIP out and voted the VIP out. But there was no place where there was any proof the any member of the VIP had interest in the company that the government was dealing with in the then Government deals. Now this declaration shows that M>>>> has interest in Ocean Conversation and a part of the BVI Investment Club. This is going to far now!!!!!!! Are we fools? The same Minister now gave Ocean Conversation which was now owed by the Government back to himself (SAGE). you cannot divest interest today and give the public property back to the group that you came out from. firstly it must be maid known who you divested to. this must be giving as you are now in Public office and such declaration is proper because you were/is a part of that group. therefore the only the people's mind can be put to rest is if they know who is holding those shares. the people must insure that with the divestment of shares the Minister's interest does not continue. What a lot of people do is pass on shares to family members and then take it aback at a later stage or receive their benefits stills. In this case to settle the matter we must know now who is holding these shares or there will be no true transparency. Now they will say the Cabinet approved therefore all of them need to show there divestment from the BVI investment club and to who. Yes it is our business as you are holding public office and negotiating on our behalf and in our interest, you cannot wear two hats on one head. This whole thing is getting worst and worst. I will not Vote for the NDP again for sure. this is corruption to the highest degree. And to Dr. Smith you do not have a conscious if you had one you would not have attacked the Chief Auditor and you would resign and give the country to some who can march out corruption. YOU GUYS GOT CAUGHT NOW YOU ARE TRYING TO SPIN IT. WE DO NOT BELIEVE YOU ANY MORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SCANDAL!!!! (07/11/2013, 13:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Quick someone call Olivia Pope.......
    • life (07/11/2013, 22:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am sorry for Dr. Smith, he has gone down one notch further than he could ever go in the society he was a good man a real honorable man look how MV and MVW got he
  • ABC (07/11/2013, 14:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bloggers, trust me, it won't be long before there is a move to have the three companies issue a directive to all bloggers informing them that full identity of each and every blogger must be provided before a blog would be published. The stage is already set.
  • TING (07/11/2013, 15:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    WHEN IS A POLITICAIN GOING TO JAIL YOU MEAN CLAUDE MUST BE THE FALL GUY AGAIN?
  • guth (07/11/2013, 15:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    lets see if Alvin can get some body locked up....
  • Liat 521 (07/11/2013, 16:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice article, very informative.
  • AWALL (07/11/2013, 16:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is amazing that the Governor did not see it fit to call for a commission of inquiry into the ports deal SOME MONTHS AFTER THIS REPORT.
    • htuel (07/11/2013, 20:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hah, hah, haaaaaaaaah you don't read well eh> The Gov gets an extension and they get to scheming. how it go again hand a clap hand or i wash your back you wash mine. Turn your face away while I take some cookies any body ask you anything tell them you didn't see. haaaaaaaaah but seriously though.
  • stunna (07/11/2013, 21:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mark needs to fire his barber!
  • school children (07/11/2013, 22:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not surprised, that the NDP swore on the Qur’an that the report is not true...
  • TEA PARTY (07/11/2013, 23:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is no law that allows MV and CSC to do what they have done
  • Youth (07/11/2013, 23:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems like just bad omen following the NDP for the past 2 years
  • Voice of Reason (08/11/2013, 06:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    With Mark now saying the Ports will build the Pier the BVI will never collect enough Cruise ship taxes to pay for this project even after a loan. Bottom line.
  • Gosh man (08/11/2013, 06:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well well they have finally given answers to all Fraser questions- at least the Auditor General did… hooray!.
  • focus (08/11/2013, 08:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    7. Mount Sage Investment which holds shares in Ocean Conversion. The list of conflict of intrest doesnt stop at the cruise pier deal there is this one where the minister >>>>>> give back to himself as a share holder in ocean conversion the WATER PLANT IN BAUGHERS BAY and then to sweetten the deal they paid themself in the name of ocean convertion (11,000,000.00) eleven million dollars when they say the country was broke. HUMMMM I COULD TELL YO HUMMMM.

  • justice (08/11/2013, 13:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "The upholder is worst than the Thief" I refuse the believe the GOVERNOR is upholding for the NDP. Since when is he imparial. GOVERNOR we are waiting to hear from you
  • hisoty (09/11/2013, 14:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    dem say MV say he aint care bout tis report he movin full speed ahead..same ting dem said between 2003-2007


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