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Walwyn says he was authorised to have ESHS Wall Report

-Admits he went against procedure in releasing report to public
Minister for Education and Culture, Myron V. Walwyn (AL), in an interview with Jahphix Television (JTV), says that based on the Audit Act, he would have been authorised to have a copy of Auditor General (AG), Ms Sonia M. Webster’s ESHS Wall Report. Photo: Facebook
The wall commissioned by Mr Walwyn around ESHS, costing taxpayers some $1.6M was said to be built with little regard for public resources according to the AG in her report. The report was then leaked to the public—in what Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert called a breach of procedure—by Mr Walwyn in an attempt to have the first ‘spin’. Photo: VINO/File
The wall commissioned by Mr Walwyn around ESHS, costing taxpayers some $1.6M was said to be built with little regard for public resources according to the AG in her report. The report was then leaked to the public—in what Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert called a breach of procedure—by Mr Walwyn in an attempt to have the first ‘spin’. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Education and Culture, Myron V. Walwyn (AL), in an interview with Jahphix Television (JTV) Journalist, Ms Cathy O. Richards, says that based on the Audit Act, he would have been authorised to have a copy of Auditor General (AG), Ms Sonia M. Webster’s Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Wall Report.

The wall commissioned by Mr Walwyn around ESHS, costing taxpayers some $1.6M was said to be built with little regard for public resources according to the AG in her report.

The report was then leaked to the public—in what Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert called a breach of procedure—by Mr Walwyn in an attempt to have the first ‘spin’.

In the JTV interview, while the Minister admits that he may have gone against the normal procedure in releasing the report to the public, he says to declare that he breached the Audit Act would have been incorrect.

Act not breeched – Walwyn

 “To say that the audit act was breached… was incorrect. If you read the Audit Act, section 20 of the act I believe, when it comes to a special report, it says a copy of the special report should be given to the Governor who will cause it to be laid in the House of Assembly (HoA),” Hon Walwyn said during the December 17, 2018, interview. 

He said the Act also indicated that he should have been given a copy, “It also goes on to say in the following section, that a copy of the report should be given to the Minister and to the Financial Secretary… it doesn’t put any limits on the minister as to what he can do once he has that report.” 

In essence, Hon Walwyn says he was authorised to have the report and as such, could do with it as he pleases, “if the act authorises you to have a report, that means you’re an authorised person that have that report,” he said.

No sanctions

The embattled Co-leader of Government, Mr Walwyn further goes on to say that following that authorisation, there are no sanctions in the Act for the Minister or the Financial Secretary if they were to do anything different.

“Additionally, the making of the document public does not prejudice the Governor’s responsibility to have it laid before the House of Assembly because that is spelt out in the act,” he said. 

While Mr Walwyn underscored that from a procedural perspective, the leak should not have happened, he says the Audit Act should be tightened-up since it contains 'inadequacies'. 

“Perhaps now again is an opportunity to tighten up the laws of the country, particularly the Audit Act since we have clearly found some inadequacies based on what has happened.” 

22 Responses to “Walwyn says he was authorised to have ESHS Wall Report ”

  • should be in jail (26/12/2018, 11:18) Like (45) Dislike (5) Reply
    This man trying hard to be relevant
    • @should be in jail (27/12/2018, 10:47) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      My sources says that plenty people including bald head will be in jail.
  • wize up (26/12/2018, 13:18) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
    what about
    1. The plane
    2. The pier park
    3 Greenland
  • Hmmm (26/12/2018, 13:59) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    The art of distraction hmmmm.

    A still
  • Toothless (26/12/2018, 14:44) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
    So much wriggling around article this and amendment that....only time will tell if you’re guilty because at the moment no one believes a word that you say.
  • cromwell (26/12/2018, 14:48) Like (39) Dislike (4) Reply
    Sorry, a small contract like a wall requiring 70 contractors, no wonder the UK demanded we have the RDA established. If this territory wishes to survive it had better become part of the real world, and, quickly.
  • Lb (26/12/2018, 15:39) Like (48) Dislike (1) Reply
    So the minister who is a lawyer, knows the spirit of the law, but found a loophole and choose to take advantage of that loophole. Not illegal according to him but definitely unethical.

    So if he is Premier, he will use whatever loopholes exist in order to do what he wants? Very telling!
    • wize up (27/12/2018, 08:22) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Lb: that’s the issue with some legislation in this territory(loopholes).... flax give up being the speaker of the legislative council because his property was used to housed the BVI tourist board(conflict of interest)however the current house of assembly delegated is afflicted with a company which conducted business with a department(that department was declared a statuary body) so the current delegate was allowed to continue: most of our legislative regulations must be reviewed and patch those loopholes......none of the 13 thus far have presented any motions to house of assembly to fix those loopholes because it is not in their best political interest to fix those loopholes
    • SQUATTER DANCE (27/12/2018, 12:09) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      @Lb... having a law degree doesnt make you a lawyer. Just like being born in the VI doesnt make you a virginislander.
  • NEW NAME (26/12/2018, 16:04) Like (25) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mryon your new name is the ACT Man!

    You talking about act and amendments to be made but only because you got caught in the trap you what to amend to suit your Act Man ways.

    You are an act in the HOA and you should literally be in Hollywood.

    I think San Francisco the capital of the funny men will be a perfect fit for you and your act man ways.

    • The Hooded Claw (27/12/2018, 06:16) Like (1) Dislike (29) Reply
      @ NEW NAME: The new name for Hon Walwyn is FACT MAN. It's very important to lay the facts out always and inform the populace. Our government agencies has many employees doing mediocre work messing with the reputation of good people. I've read numerous online articles where even the magistrate is frustrated with how lax the system has become. So i agree with Honorable Walwyn, lay the FACTS out and let the masses be informed. If in doing so we can identify ways to tighten up the system i think that's a good thing.

      Riddle me this: WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A PARADOX?
      For years government has been scorned for not producing audits to the public in a timely manner but when A minister releases it too early to the public, they're crying foul. Thats a paradox!
      • @The Hooded Claw (27/12/2018, 09:45) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
        No it is not a paradox....it is called saving his ass. The document was not completed and was clearly marked confidential not for public distribution. He himself chastized the governor for making a statement about the document before it was laid in the house and now he wants to back pedal. Stupes.....where did he really study law
  • Just Curious (26/12/2018, 16:22) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    Myron Walwyn if you knew that you were entitled to a copy of the report, why did you gave a half baked apology when you were told that you breached procedure? Guess you never knew that until after the fact? If my memory serves me right, you received a draft copy of the report. Why then did you released the draft copy since it wasn't the final piece of work? Everyday I read what you have to say, is the more I am disappointed by your actions and statements. I would advise you to keep your mouth shut because the more you speak the more you are letting us know that you are plugging loop holes as the story unfolds daily. Let the investigation takes course and let the chip fall where they may. Word of advise MW, keep your dam mouth shut!!!
    • The Hooded Claw (27/12/2018, 06:45) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ Just Curious: Your memory is not serving you correctly: tell me where you read that Hon Walwyn leaked a DRAFT COPY of the audit?? I will wait!!

      (JEOPARDY song playing as the audience patiently wait)

      What I've read is that a draft copy of the audit was sent from the AG's office to the minister. The ministry in turn highlighted many inaccuracies in the draft and supporting information was then sent to the Auditor General's office for thier edification. The AG office did not consider any of the new insight provided by the Ministry of Education and subsequently produced the "Special Report" which is the FINAL REPORT. This is the report that was presented to the public.

      You can not manufacture your own facts or if you're not certain of what you speak i think it would be wise for you to "KEEP YOUR DAMN MOUTH SHUT!!!"
  • ccc (26/12/2018, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (13) Reply
    Thank God he has money he will win his seat
  • when (26/12/2018, 21:44) Like (22) Dislike (10) Reply
    Governor, why is this man still on the job. While the investigation takes place, he need
    To be relieved of his duties; isn’t that what we do Public Officers. Why should
    Politicians be any different
  • Disinterested (27/12/2018, 09:01) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Hon Walwyn needs to give it a rest and stop arguing with heself. Him making the dog sick. Mek ah we enjoy we Guavaberry, tart, ham......etc nah mon!
  • Lamblike Beast. (27/12/2018, 09:32) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Let it rest Walwyn. You are beginning to sound selfish and irrelevent now.
  • IF THEM (28/12/2018, 11:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Politicians don't answer in this world. They will answer in the one to come.


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