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Senior Investigator assigned to Walwyn ESHS wall case – CoP Matthews

- Says findings of AG’s Audit Report doesn’t say enough
Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Michael B. Matthews has revealed that the police force is currently scoping out the facts and conclusion of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall report by Auditor General (AG) Ms Sonia M. Webster. Photo: VINO/File
In her report on the wall commissioned by embattled Co-Leader of Government, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Auditor General noted that there was “no value for money, workers being paid for work not done” and blatant violations of the law, in particular, the “Public Finance Management Regulations.” Photo: VINO/File
In her report on the wall commissioned by embattled Co-Leader of Government, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Auditor General noted that there was “no value for money, workers being paid for work not done” and blatant violations of the law, in particular, the “Public Finance Management Regulations.” Photo: VINO/File
Portions of the Elmore Stoutt High School did not survive the floods and Hurricanes of 2017. Photo: File/Team of Reporters
Portions of the Elmore Stoutt High School did not survive the floods and Hurricanes of 2017. Photo: File/Team of Reporters
BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Mr Michael B. Matthews has revealed that the police force is currently scoping out the facts and conclusion of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall report by Auditor General (AG) Ms Sonia M. Webster.

In her report on the wall commissioned by embattled Co-Leader of Government, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Auditor General noted that there was “no value for money, workers being paid for work not done” and blatant violations of the law, in particular, the “Public Finance Management Regulations.”

Following the Walwyn leak of the report and a bombshell statement on December 14, 2018, by Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI), Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert, the report was then forward to the RVIPF for 'further action'.

 Police Scoping issue

“As you know it would be inappropriate of me to comment on any live investigation but I can confirm that the force has received a copy of the Auditor General’s report into a construction of the wall at the Elmore Stoutt High School,” CoP Matthews told ‘Honestly Speaking’, Claude O. Skelton-Cline during the Tuesday, January 8, 2019, edition of his radio show on ZBVI 780 radio.

He continued by saying that at the moment, a Senior Detective has been assigned to scope the issue out, and look at the report because according to him, “in reading the findings of the audit, that doesn’t tell me enough.”

“It doesn’t tell me whether the outcome was a result of ignorance, was a result of incompetence or was it something more dishonest… and of course we don’t jump to any conclusions, I keep an open mind,” CoP Matthews said.

Impartial

Further, Mr Matthews said that it is part of the RVIPF’s mandate to remain impartial to issues when doing investigations.

“We remain completely impartial on these matters so we’re scoping it out, we’re looking at the facts that the Auditor General has brought together, we’re looking at the conclusions… and we’re looking at the data that the Auditor General has referred to,” he said.

Mr Matthews pointed out that after the scoping out exercise, if the RVIPF believes that the case warrants a proper investigation, then ‘that is exactly what we’ll have to do.”

He said at this stage the police is just looking at the facts to see what the issue is about, “it could be one of many things,” he said.

7 Responses to “Senior Investigator assigned to Walwyn ESHS wall case – CoP Matthews ”

  • ... (09/01/2019, 11:25) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    look her up
    • the rock (10/01/2019, 14:15) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      We stupid black people will never learn, i want myron put a law suit on them ra$$ when its over!
  • READ THE WALL (09/01/2019, 12:46) Like (24) Dislike (7) Reply
    YOU WILL SEE THAT THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL. SEND HIM UP BALO. OTHERS WERE SENT UP FOR THEFT OF LESS. IF CHARGES ARE NOT BROUGHT AGAINST MYRUN WE ARE TELLING OUR YOUTHS THAT WE CAN DO WRONG AND GET AWAY WITH IT. JAIL HIM AND SEND A MESSAGE TO THE OTHER POLITICIANS THAT THEY MUST RESPECT THE PEOPLE'S PURSE AND BE MORE ACCOUNTABLE.
  • Socrates (09/01/2019, 13:05) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    “Outside experts may be needed if full investigation activates.
    The resources that might be assigned, he said, could mean outsourcing experts for the investigation.” Why are outside experts needed? Is this not a routine administrative investigation? What technical experts are needed? Can’t the RVIPF conduct a fair, quality and reasonable investigation, are they that “less”? No it is not that less.

    Is it because the RVIPF does not want face the music from affected parties for a fair and reasonable investigation and it is easy to cast blame on external entities? Is unnecessarily bringing in supposed experts for admin investigation intended to create employment for others?
  • wize up (09/01/2019, 13:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    which came first the pier park project or the wall project: will documents associated with the pier park project be given to the department of police: will justice be served: what does the deputy governor have to say about the wall issue(to be or not to be)
  • Eagle Eye (09/01/2019, 16:58) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    If two persons owe me $10 and $200. Rather to go after the $200 first because even if I get back $50 out of the $200 its still more than the $10.so how the pier park and BVI airways is not being put on the front line ahead of the wall?
    • wize up (09/01/2019, 20:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ eagle eye: boss I forgot that aeroplane matter also the 8 mill which was approved in a lawful sitting of the house of assembly and those funds went another direction: the Scotland Yard need to deals with all of these issues: the issue of payments to consulting companies should be investigated because our politicians have business interest:


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