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Thieves get comfortable without accountability – Hon Fahie

- Says if VI don’t police self, someone else will
Opposition Leader and First District Representative, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie. Photo: VINO/File
Co-Leader of Government and Minister for Education and Culture, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) Commissioned a wall is a project that was said to be corrupt and lacked transparency. Photo: VINO/File
Co-Leader of Government and Minister for Education and Culture, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) Commissioned a wall is a project that was said to be corrupt and lacked transparency. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – On the heels of the Virgin Islands (VI) marking its 40th Anniversary of the end of ‘Grant-In-Aid’ from the United Kingdom (UK), Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) underscored the importance of the VI taking its financial management seriously.

Throwing hints at the National Democratic Party (NDP 1), the Opposition Leader says that while the past is important, we must look at the present and strive for accountability now or someone else will.

Early lessons

“While we celebrate 40 years off of Grant-in-Aid, it actually took them [past government] 10 years, or even 11… after the Government was formed to help us get across the red seas,” Hon Fahie told those gathered at a dinner event on December 15, 2018, to mark the anniversary.

“This tells me that when you make a mistake with the finances of your country, no matter what era it is, it takes you a while to rebound,” he said.

“But I’m sure that the learnt lessons, that we… strangely enough, have to relearn. Because history does not repeat itself, people repeat history.  It is there for all to see and to read,” Hon Fahie uttered.

“There is something strange about life, no matter what kind of cameras you have and a thief goes there… after about six to seven months he feels comfortable, and feel that he can go steal and the cameras are not watching him… and they get caught,” he said.

More accountability

The VIP Chairman, no stranger at berating the NDP Government, have accused them for having a general lack of accountability, transparency good governance in the VI. Over its rule, the party has seen some of its most senior members get involved with high-profile scandals regarding poor financial management.

One such scandal is the current debacle surrounding the Co-Leader of Government and Minister for Education and Culture, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) for a poorly constructed wall he commissioned around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) costing taxpayers some $1.6M.

According to the Auditor General (AG), Ms Sonia M. Webster, the project was said to be corrupt and lacked accountability with a report on the wall now forwarded to the Police for further action.

“The problem with this is this is that sometimes we get so comfortable, with what we are doing and not being accountable… and once you don’t become accountable, then you’re going to cause generations unborn to be uncomfortable,” Hon Fahie said.

In January 2005, during his First District Annual Report, Mr Fahie had labelled the NDP Government as the most corrupt in the modern history of the VI, calling them “morally and politically bankrupt.”

“If we don’t police ourselves, someone is going to police us in a manner that we all will regret, therefore we have to strive for the highest levels of accountability, transparency and good governance,” the Opposition Leader said.

14 Responses to “Thieves get comfortable without accountability – Hon Fahie ”

  • ... (20/12/2018, 10:19) Like (47) Dislike (15) Reply
    Andrew is on point again
    • dc (21/12/2018, 09:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Mister Minister for the first district. Juda’s kiss was an act of betrayal, as a gesture of friendship. You too have kissed the lips of the people of these territory’s so many times over while holding seat in office. We will not be fooled by fail politicians any more. Both the VIP & NDP has failed the people of this country many times over:
      Corruption free system – NDP, VIP Failed
      Promises to protect poor people and bring accountability – NDP, VIP Failed
      Promised to fix or Roads long term, Water, Sewage, infrastructure - NDP VIP Fail
      Subsidy to farmers -Fail
      Housing for the poor- Fail
      Economic diversification-Fail
      Land ownership-Fail
      Every election politician makes promises to the people and makes up a fancy slogan from the top of their head and package it in their manifesto, fooling off the people for votes. Not this time.
      Elections are one of the biggest lying contests in this system of things, a system you yourself have tailored to your benefit.
      We need a fresh start one which you are not apart of.
  • wize up (20/12/2018, 10:38) Like (11) Dislike (14) Reply
    leadership: the 13 men and women have to be more diligent about home affairs: foreign investment comes with some serious liabilities: help virgin islanders establish business in our territory: fishing is a good industry because after a hurricane you don’t have to rebuild the sea water: whereas we were forced to spend thousands to rebuild that pier park in the name of tourism(we went almost one year without any income from that million dollar investment)
  • ann (20/12/2018, 11:23) Like (27) Dislike (11) Reply
    When you catch one there is more
  • wow (20/12/2018, 11:58) Like (29) Dislike (11) Reply
    I actually agree with Hon. Fahie for the second time for the year.
    • @wow (20/12/2018, 22:32) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
      Fahie got to know. He was there comfortable himself. Pot calling kettle black..
      • As a matter of fact.. (21/12/2018, 18:18) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Ask him.about that 500K he paid the man of the cloth for nothing.
  • Ahhh (20/12/2018, 11:59) Like (33) Dislike (11) Reply
    Fahie you are on target.
  • My Take (20/12/2018, 12:07) Like (34) Dislike (6) Reply
    A few years ago when I heard Fahie speaking on accountability and what all was going wrong under the NDP, I was very angry with him. I thought that he was lying and just looking for power. Today everything he was warning about has come to past. I now have more respect for Hon. Fahie because if it wasn't for him then we the public would have been further in the darkness.
  • indeed (20/12/2018, 12:09) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    The NDP (whether NDP 1 or NDP 2) is the most corrupt GOVERNMENT EVER! This is now clear for ALL to see...at least who want to see.
  • dude (20/12/2018, 13:25) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    The Ndp has put out a lot of propaganda on Andrew over the years to discredit him hoping that we wouldn't hear him when he told the truth & tried to hold them accountable. We are too mature for that to work long term.
  • Nothing Strange ... (20/12/2018, 14:03) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    “There is something strange about life, no matter what kind of cameras you have and a thief goes there… after about six to seven months he feels comfortable, and feel that he can go steal and the cameras are not watching him… and they get caught,”

    Jehovah says what goes on in the dark must come to light ... Mark 4: 22 and Luke 8: 17
  • YOU (20/12/2018, 18:27) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply

    All of you are the same! I am voting for a fresh face to lead us.

  • Rascality (21/12/2018, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Burp n Belch.....next


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