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‘UK deliberately failed to investigate NDP corruption’ – Premier Fahie

- says door was left opened for UK imposed policies on the territory
Listing a host of financial mismanagement and alleged corruption under the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), in damning allegations, has accused UK officials in the Virgin Islands (VI) of deliberately failing to investigate the NDP, thus leaving the door open for UK imposed policies on the territory’s finances. Photo: VINO/File
The Premier said that the UK government has noted several violations under the Dr. D. Orlando Smith NDP Government that are now documented on the diplomatic level. Photo: VINO/File
The Premier said that the UK government has noted several violations under the Dr. D. Orlando Smith NDP Government that are now documented on the diplomatic level. Photo: VINO/File
He said with the exception of the ESHS wall scandal that occurred under previous Legislator Myron V. Walwyn, the relevant authorities from the UK have failed to commence and conclude inquiries in the violations. Photo: VINO/File
He said with the exception of the ESHS wall scandal that occurred under previous Legislator Myron V. Walwyn, the relevant authorities from the UK have failed to commence and conclude inquiries in the violations. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Augustus J.U Jaspert took up his appointment as Governor of the Virgin Islands in August 2017 soon after previous governor John S. Duncan OBE (left) departed the territory. Photo: GIS/VINO
Mr Augustus J.U Jaspert took up his appointment as Governor of the Virgin Islands in August 2017 soon after previous governor John S. Duncan OBE (left) departed the territory. Photo: GIS/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Listing a host of financial mismanagement and alleged corruption under the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), in damning allegations, has accused United Kingdom (UK) officials in the Virgin Islands (VI) of deliberately failing to investigate the NDP Government, leaving the door open for UK imposed policies on the territory’s finances.

With the UK now seeking to have the territory’s financial control in the hands of the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), the Premier in a Saturday, August 17, 2019, statement on the 300 million Pound UK Loan Guarantee, said as a direct result of NDP Financial violations, the UK is holding it against the new government and the people with regards to the way forward.

Unfair & Unjust

The Premier said that the UK government has noted several violations under the Dr D. Orlando Smith NDP Government that are now documented on the diplomatic level.

These include, no audited financial statements under the NDP, no registration of elected official’s interest, no disclosure of contracts by elected members of the House of Assembly, over-budgeted Peebles Hospital capital project, over-budgeted $40M Pier Park expenditure, $7.2M failed BVI Airways deal, transfer of $8M funds to BVI Ports Authority and alleged misappropriation of $1.6M on the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Wall.

He said with the exception of the ESHS wall scandal that occurred under previous Legislator Myron V. Walwyn, the relevant authorities from the UK have failed to commence and conclude inquiries in the violations.

Hon Fahie said in his social media statement, “It is unfair and unjust for the UK government to seek to penalise the People of the Virgin Islands and this new government on the basis of the actions of a past government.”

He pointed out that the NDP administration was one that the people have rejected and voted out of office even as the UK government and its representatives failed to exercise their roles in getting matters investigated and properly ventilated.  

“Investigation and ventilation of these suspicious and scandalous matters would have allowed all concerned parties to uncover whether any misconduct occurred and to hold persons accountable,” Premier Fahie further lashed out.

The Premier said proper investigation would have revealed weaknesses in the system that facilitated the leakage of taxpayer’s money, “which are at risk of being exploited in the future so that those deficiencies can be strengthened to increase effectiveness in the future.”

High Suspicion

Hon Fahie said there is an air of suspicion regarding the UK handling of issues around financial mismanagement.

“This failure by the UK officials to act swiftly and to have these matters probed was deliberate and designed to hold the door open for the UK government to impose certain conditions contained in the high-level framework for UK support to BVI hurricane recovery.”

He said that while suspicion is not healthy from BVI and UK relations, perception cannot be tamed by 'will and wish'.

The Premier further said, “It is important to point out that most of the conditions in the high-level framework for UK support to BVI hurricane recovery are required and just and the Government of the Virgin Islands has no problem adhering to those.”

However, the Leader of Government noted that certain conditions that work against the interest of the people and the VI constitution must be renegotiated.

9 Responses to “‘UK deliberately failed to investigate NDP corruption’ – Premier Fahie”

  • Rick (19/08/2019, 12:00) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Draw a line in the sand. We want justice high and low. We had surcharge of individuals and jail time for others. This is non-sense and where there is injustice at the top there will be less justice elsewhere.
  • big question (19/08/2019, 12:11) Like (10) Dislike (17) Reply
    maybe a governor or two benefitted from the corruption ..just saying
    • JRG (20/08/2019, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree, @big question. Why did the Governors - past and present - fail to commission investigations to know what was really going on? It was not just revealed in 2019, 2018 or 2017 that the Territory's financial and other affairs were in disarray. The Governors present and past neglected to appoint Commissions of Inquiry into what was going on, e.g with all the unaudited accounts, not to speak of the wasted millions on Airline, etc. We have heard of some of the benefits, perhaps they would also be investigated for their negligent governance of the Territory. Now the people voted out the offending government, who installed the RDA, and the UK still going along with their schemes. The UK needs to seriously look into governance of this Territory and listen to the people for once.
  • Truth Sayer (19/08/2019, 12:55) Like (37) Dislike (7) Reply
    Premier is saying that UYK deliberately failed to investigate NDP. Did he stop to think that they would have also had to investigate VIP too?
    • Linda (19/08/2019, 13:44) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply

      All should be locked up - NDP, VIP (all of them). time longer than twine....

  • From 1999 (19/08/2019, 13:40) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    A true just and proper investigation have to start from 1999 up to 2019... 20 yrs of bad governance...
  • @ from 1999 (19/08/2019, 14:39) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    some of you fools like to rewrite history. The VIP was already investigated and people went to jail. So its time for the second round with NDP only so the M & M boys can go to jail where they belong!
  • Charley Rose (19/08/2019, 20:46) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    I think the Hon. Premier has done well when he informed the nation of the attempts of the UK government to take control of the territory's Financial Services. The people of the Virgin Islands must not allow that to happen, because that is the life blood of the country. This is not a walk in the park. Every citizen of this country should be on guard and watch carefully at the motives of the British Government.

    The previous governor was fully aware of activities of the previous government and did nothing to prevent the acts of corruptions and mismanagement. Apart from financial irregularities, some land deals were discovered and the previous governor knew about them, according to information obtained. The previous governor allowed the NDP to wriggle into the mud and sank the entire country.

    As I see the intentions of the UK government is to thwart the development of the territory. The prescriptions of the UK is to create a recipe for destabilisation. I have never seen any parent who failed to defent their children in times of advercities. The Hon. Premier has done what others have failed to do, and that i s confronting the issues that are affecting the territory and urge the people be on guard
  • biker (19/08/2019, 21:39) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well the NDP was bad for 8 years and the VIP was bad for 12 years but neither party was as bad as Michael Misick's party in the Turks & Caicos from 2000 to 2009. It appears that the UK Foreign Office allows the Overseas Territorial governments a great deal of latitude for financial impropriety before they step in to investigate or seize control.


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