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‘We are still here by the grace of God not leadership’- Hon Fahie

- maintains that leadership is lacking in the VI & that the people were abandoned immediately after Hurricane Irma
Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has reiterated that the Virgin Islands is in dire need of strong leadership and that the recent hurricanes and floods only brought out what he was saying all the time about the need for better leadership of the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), who has already survived an attempt to strip him of his Minister of Finance portfolio by his own party members, continues to be criticised for lacking strong leadership. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), who has already survived an attempt to strip him of his Minister of Finance portfolio by his own party members, continues to be criticised for lacking strong leadership. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Andrew A. Fahie has maintained that Government left the people of the Territory unprotected security wise following Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, giving way for looting to take place for some 3 to 4 days, and no state of emergency was called before and till long after the hurricane. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Andrew A. Fahie has maintained that Government left the people of the Territory unprotected security wise following Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, giving way for looting to take place for some 3 to 4 days, and no state of emergency was called before and till long after the hurricane. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was interviewed by Paul A. Peart aka 'Gadiethz' (left) on the online radio station, Fresh Radio Vybz on December 11, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was interviewed by Paul A. Peart aka 'Gadiethz' (left) on the online radio station, Fresh Radio Vybz on December 11, 2017. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “What kind of leadership do you say exist? We are still living here by the grace of God, not by any leadership that we have seen,” stated Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) as he reiterated that the Virgin Islands is in dire need of strong leadership and that the recent hurricanes and floods only brought out what he was saying all the time about the need for better leadership of the Territory.

Hon Fahie was at the time a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with host Paul A. Peart aka Gadiethz on December 11, 2017.

The host Mr Peart had asked Hon Fahie what were his thoughts on recent statements by Second District Representative and National Democratic Party (NDP) Backbencher Hon Melvin M. Turnbull criticising the leadership of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), who has already survived an attempt to strip him of his Minister of Finance portfolio by his own party members.

Hon Fahie reminded listeners that he already went to the House of Assembly (on August 1, 2017) before the recent disasters with a Vote of No Confidence against the leadership of the Territory and “stated 16 clear points” in the Motion why the leadership, in terms of the Minister of Finance, needed to be replaced.

“I ended up standing alone on that Motion and I did it because from far off all the evidence, financial evidence, showed that we needed a shift in the Ministry of Finance. Now some of them (NDP legislators) told me that they agree with me but they couldn’t go to the floor and voted with me…and that was before the hurricane season, before any kind of disaster in the BVI.”

Concerns coming home to roost

Hon Fahie stated that what has happened, with hurricanes Irma and Maria and the floods that affect the Territory in August, is just showing what the leadership is made off.

“We have challenges in the area of leadership. Ministers are doing their best to pump up the leadership and anybody that challenges this Government they have a way of trying to paint you as negative, as hungry for power, as many things but all the points that I have raised in the past about my concerns with the leadership is now coming home to roost, and there is not a man alive in or outside the BVI who have been following the history can say that I just started bringing up these points.”

The people were abandoned after Irma

Giving examples where leadership has been lacking before and after the hurricanes, Hon Fahie pointed out a simple scenario whereby the NDP government was preaching to everyone in the Territory to get ready for the Category 5 Hurricane Irma but the same Government did not even put a sheet of plywood to bar up any Government offices, Central Administration Complex, or anywhere else.

“Then after the storm passed the Government said they did not abandoned the people.

“If Virgin Gorda, the First District, and many other areas did not go into survival mode, how can they make it as a unified people, they would have starved to death or there would have been more death count after the storm. The Government was missing in action and then for them to be coming in a boastful way to tell people they were meeting to get things together to help them I think it is an insult to people’s intelligence. Anybody on the ground knows better.”

Hon Fahie also maintained that Government left the people of the Territory unprotected security wise, giving way for looting to take place for some 3 to 4 days, and no state of emergency was called before and till long after the hurricane.

“Stores that were not destroyed by the hurricane were broken into, you were sitting watching this, you were defenceless, people were going into people’s homes. They were doing what they wanted,” Hon Fahie stated, adding that it wasn’t until four to five days that measures were taken and most of it was by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert.

“The Governor stepped in and called a state of Emergency and we heard more from the Governor than we heard from the Leadership of the Country…”

See links below to radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’:

https://tunein.com/radio/ Freshradiovybz-s297104/ and http://rdo.to/FRV2

17 Responses to “‘We are still here by the grace of God not leadership’- Hon Fahie”

  • foxy (12/12/2017, 12:24) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree with Fahie Doc need to stay sleeping
  • next (12/12/2017, 12:58) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    but no news here! every body knows Dr. Smith is no leader
  • Socrates (12/12/2017, 13:10) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor pre-disaster planning and management. Before hurricanes or other disasters occur, plans should be developed, be shelf ready and ready to implement days or hours out. Look as if Hurricane Irma caught the territory by surprise. The process for dealing with Hurricane Irma should have occurred before the storm. After the storm adjustments should be made based on conditions on the ground. For starters, modes and methods of communication need significant improvement. Lack of preparedness, strong government action, poor disaster planning and management, government visibility, protecting government facilities .......etc are areas that need attention. It was a crisis but it was an opportunity for government flag to be flying high. But if you believe the school chiren, government flag was at half staff. But all is not loss. There is ample opportunity for government to weigh in and fly its flag high. Can government do it?
    • Foolishness (12/12/2017, 14:07) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
      All we have in Government are a set of suit and tie so called smart people. Everyone blames the Government but what about the senior officers and the committees all of which happen to have the same lame names and faces attached to them? No matter which party is in we have the same set of dead weights being appointed to crucial positions because of favoritism or them being 'yes' people. Changing parties will not help this, we need to change the people that are in crucial positions within Government and don't know their elbows from their asses. We have too many meetings and press releases and not enough meaningful action, that's the problem.
  • Frazer and Fahie. (12/12/2017, 13:34) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
    These two men need to find away to come together. Thats the only way we are going to take down NDP. No other way. One as Premier and one as deputy. Honestly, Frazer Need to be the Minister of Labour, Communication and Agriculturs Those 3 Ministries need a four wheel drive for the up hill challenge ahead. Because they are in park for too long..
  • Wendy (12/12/2017, 13:44) Like (5) Dislike (24) Reply
    Andrew you are sooo wrong.. Giving thanks for the leadership and encouraging continued unity and affirmation of the tireless efforts in this unchartered situation is the only way forward. Another suggestion is to hush and keep your negative distractions off the international airwaves.
    • @wendy (12/12/2017, 17:05) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
      People like you is why the NDP have us in slavery.
    • wize up (12/12/2017, 18:45) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      @ Wendy: all the youth man does pull down: not everything good to talk: no solutions just old talk(I will challenge no talk; take up this challenge let Fahie "run at large the next election).....
    • to Wendy (13/12/2017, 08:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You obviously don't live in the BVI because what Fahie said is the truth and the truth hurts. Also I didn't read his comments as negative but rather being honest and real.
  • Im dreaming of a winning VIP. (12/12/2017, 14:04) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply
    Fahie, Frazer, Alvera, Mitch, Willock' A L. Rawl #4. Sonil, #7. Ms De Castro A L. Zoe #5. Ms Rosenbury #8..Mr Dawson A L. Clenel VG.
    • @'in dearming of a winning.... (12/12/2017, 21:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You crazy weak ticket as of now on that list only fahe, fraser, mitch, willock, alvra and karl could win.


      Now take that to the bank
  • egg face (12/12/2017, 16:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Amen to the headline
  • wize up (12/12/2017, 17:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    look jokes: one of the same people alleged to a be looter(I say a thief) your own people hosting production with:
  • Barbara (12/12/2017, 21:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    This has nothing to do with GOD. When VIP was in office people were crying in the streets because they bullied anyone who was not for them, and that was their slogan “ if you are not for us, then you are against us “, and they treated people accordingly. Let’s not forget where we came from people. Beware of wolves in sheep clothing. They are depending on you to forget.
  • myrun (12/12/2017, 21:22) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Fahie we need solutions!!#
    • @myrun (13/12/2017, 08:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Stop talk nonsense. Fahie gave many solutions but the NDP takes solution from no one. The one he gave about how to help the people from the advantage being taken of them from the insurance company is an excellent solution.
  • Wendy (13/12/2017, 11:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    If I was Doc, I would be arranging a Snap election for tomorrow. Giving all you unhappy and disgruntled the opportunity for a Government that you truly deserve. He is much too kind of a gentleman and loyal BVislander for some.


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