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Who took our $$$$? Whose hands in the cookie jar? $2B missing?

- Hon Andrew A. Fahie accused the National Democratic Party of not accounting for over $2 Billion of the people's money
New Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and legislator, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has accused the National Democratic Party Government led by Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith of not accounting for some $2B. Photo: VINO/File
In a letter to Government and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Governor John S. Duncan OBE (right) warned about the need for the reckless spending to stop and that if it continues he would not be able to support this lack of transparency before the UK. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
In a letter to Government and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Governor John S. Duncan OBE (right) warned about the need for the reckless spending to stop and that if it continues he would not be able to support this lack of transparency before the UK. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With an energetic pep in his step as the newly elected Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Boss, First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie has made some scathing allegations against the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL).

Further it was in 2015 that Hon Fahie told the public that the NDP is "the most corrupt government in the history of the Virgin Islands."

It was at the December 19, 2016 sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) that Hon Fahie again called upon the ruling NDP to be fiscally responsible and account for all the budgets approved by the HoA since they took office in 2011.

Who has our money? - Hon Fahie

Hon Fahie was speaking on the motion where the Smith Administration was seeking some one hundred and eleven million dollars, five hundred and nine thousand, four hundred dollars ($111, 509, 400) to keep the government running as it has failed to bring to the people a 2017 Budget.

The issue of the NDP’s stewardship of the public finances has been questioned since they took office in 2011. To date they have not submitted any audited financial reports. The United Kingdom appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE has joined in the call for the government to stop the reckless spending and account for the people’s monies.

In a letter to both the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr Smith and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Governor Duncan warned about the need for the reckless spending to stop and that if it continues he would not be able to support this lack of transparency before the UK.

Speaking on the motion, Hon Fahie told the public "I am hoping that when the budget comes the audited financial statements will be here with it because when I calculate it now, we have about over $2B when you add up all those budgets of unaccounted or un-audited money…"

Like the governor, the media, civil society and the Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), Hon Fahie said the "government needs to understand the importance of being financially prudent."

The new VIP Chairman stated that "unless the $2 Billion is fully accounted for, it's unaccounted for..."

Where are the financial reports?

Mr Fahie, who has remained a legislator since first elected in 1999, told residents if it had been any company handling their finances this way someone would have been fired or put in jail. He said it was very irresponsible that over $2Billion of taxpayers’ money is unaccounted for.

He added, "And how the same banks giving the government money as loans when every other citizen and business must have financial statements to be given loans…But if we cannot assess ourselves in terms of where we are financially, we are putting the territory further and further at risk."

The public continues to ask about the British Overseas Territory's fiscal health as many continue to claim that the NDP raided the Treasury to win the 2015 snap election, leaving the country broke.

45 Responses to “Who took our $$$$? Whose hands in the cookie jar? $2B missing?”

  • Cookie Jar (20/12/2016, 18:24) Like (41) Dislike (1) Reply
    They cant blame omar any more
    • wize up (20/12/2016, 18:38) Like (10) Dislike (32) Reply
      @ cookie jar: monkey see monkey do(the bad habits started under the former administration)
      • Man to man. (20/12/2016, 20:04) Like (48) Dislike (6) Reply
        Something serious will happen.. U can see the intent to hide or cover up. England will take over. Sad. U can see it coming in the distance .. It is so disappointing. These guys just took advantage of Doctor Smith Kindness and Trust. Now Leave him in all the Hot water.
      • Really (20/12/2016, 21:06) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        Really wize up .....but if won't to go there we can go . at lease the poor people or or don't have or what ever u won't to call them used live much better and the country was doing much better. Is not about them do is how it affect the low class. And seeing is believing and can stop talk f***k
        • wize up (21/12/2016, 05:05) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
          @ really: VIP and NDP are the same thing,once elected simply turns into a set of crooks: no need for you to get so excited(unless you profited in the past from the corruption).. history will recall one member of then legislative council lost his position because of taking a bribe(you need to resist defending f*@$) the rules must change and those we vote for must be criminally prosicuted when found misusing government funds or using their political office to get rich: you stay there blogging piss while the inheritance of our sons and daughters going into the pockets of political leaders and they families and best friends(i personally know the misconduct we are witnessing in the year 2016 began over 40 years ago) to this day nothing done because all of politicians just talk bull when in the opposition and once in power takes the people money(how come after so many years of pocketing tax payers money not one elected official gone jail(look at the last airport project;only the hired help were sent to prison however the political leaders of the day remained in office, as a matter of fact all of them ran again for political office the very next election(not everything not good to talk in public so you keep the faith but if you don't know you better ask some body(political corruption in the BVI did not start yesterday)
    • questions (20/12/2016, 19:06) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
      Someone is responsible. But, one day, the truth will surface. What goes in the wash have to come out in the rinse. Believe this, someone is shaking. This cannot be swept under the rug. Someone lined their pockets. Please England, you cannot let this go.
      • shutup (21/12/2016, 10:27) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
        Always calling for England, England, England, piss!! Why you don't call on our own to clean up their act. We keep returning to the Colonial Master for help. Do you think they will help us? They will enslave us again. Stop calling for the wicked hand of the slavemaster. If you knew your history and knew how they treated our people, you will never call on them. If the leaders knew their history and England's brutal hand meted out to their slaves, you would never be calling for them. Can we move on? We are in a position we should never have been in to this day, under rule of the UK.
        • wize up (21/12/2016, 16:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ shut up: I am proud to see someone else understand this systematic mindset that some of us keeping asking for(who calling for England when england shows will be in for a rude awakening) somehow some of us can not get out of the master mentality) from around 1972 under the leadership of Hon Willard Wheatley this territory came out of granting aid(a very strong people)my goodness;come 2011 we right back into the hands of the former slave master(I am speaking about the implementation of the protocols for effective financial management by the United Kingdom) it is our own people that continue to bring this territory to its knees(poor political leadership) some of us expect the U.K. to fix our mess(like a set helpless niggers)
  • son of the earth (20/12/2016, 18:45) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    cancel my student debt nuh man
  • Two (2) Billion (20/12/2016, 18:49) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dollars and counting...sounds like they trying to give us another one of those fancy Pier Park accounting estimates once again.
  • Woe B. (20/12/2016, 19:57) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    They just like men. Ask Women for second chance just to take advantage and revenge.. That's exactly what NDP done to us... How would VIP be Different? When hungry Rats See plenty Cheese They eat and take as much as they can.
    • wize up (20/12/2016, 22:09) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ woe B. How can one be sure another political party will not do the same thing if elected in 2019:(some of us think this lack of accountability just began) the tax payers money have been misopreated for many years(thanks to VINO you know what is happening now)
  • Bigs (20/12/2016, 20:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Sheep Personality. (20/12/2016, 20:20) Like (43) Dislike (2) Reply
    I respect the BVI people. Real Big barking Dogs with no teeth. Very law abiding, Sheep like personality.. Very Good People. The last time a Government behaved like this was in St. Kitts and the place was on fire actually on Fire...May God Continue to bless the BVI people. They are really Good Godly people with the Sheep personality..
    • Jimmy hahhah (21/12/2016, 10:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lololol....nicely said...Cause it's a matter of fact " the Lord will provide"....they don't care how the government use they money...the government knows how to use the new jim crow...hahahah
  • voter (20/12/2016, 20:33) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Uk need to come for your country
    • lon (20/12/2016, 22:41) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Banks are abusing the poor within our society, while policymakers work to protect the BVI's reputation from becoming a money laundering country.
  • Me (20/12/2016, 20:35) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    One thing wen VIP eat the people eat the islands run good NDP ant playing dem want all for them self cause them kno this is the last they will ever get in government.
  • island man (20/12/2016, 21:27) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Say what you want, I send my Luxarious Power Yacht over to Anguilla so talk nu, It ent me alone that thief money. Some was spent on education too; Just listen to the budget he knows about everything.
    • OG (21/12/2016, 07:57) Like (89) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Island Man, all of them, and we all know who they are lined their pockets.
      They think we the people of this Country is stupid and we came out of our mother's behind. All you have to do is sit back, keep your mouth shut and watch the actions of a person and you will get the answer to everything. Sometimes you have to play the dumb game to see where a person is comming from.

  • voter (20/12/2016, 21:36) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Uk need to come for your country
    • Dumbow (21/12/2016, 10:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

      There goes another dumbow, j**k**$ who does not understand history calling for the UK to come for country. When the UK start to mete out their slavery, inhumane treatment and tactics on allyo tail, you will wish you had never want them to come. Do not trust those bastards....they thrive on evilness.

      • TheScript (21/12/2016, 15:08) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Evidently the UK has more of the true perspective than some of you. I guarantee,if VIP ever gains power,the UK will grant the wish of some of you who are fools. Andrew's unfounded and blatant accusatiions leading up to the SFU incident,the Panama Papers and the Russians are fodder for unrest stirred by the infamous CIA No doubt who the inside and local operative might be? The FBI has a hold on him so he owes big time. Pay Attention!
        The CIA conducts it's operations with due dilligence on countries like the BvI...succesfull economies with Black leadership..Pay Attention!
  • Daisy (20/12/2016, 22:37) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Billions not millions in kickbacks and they are willing to rape the poor tax payers
  • Observer (20/12/2016, 23:10) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    lock them up and freeze them account
  • tola (20/12/2016, 23:57) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    UK Please Come For us
  • budget (21/12/2016, 03:52) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I might be wrong, but I think Hon Andrew is saying, because no Annual Audited accounts have been submitted/ presented to the House, in his opinion the money which was budgeted and spent for the prior years is missing.
    • @budget (21/12/2016, 18:40) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      As absurd and flawed as it may sound, this appears to be his rational . The Good to Great type of logic.
      When it is all worked out and shown that all is accounted for he will have egg on his face and NDP will move on for their next term.
  • WTF (21/12/2016, 07:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I voted for NDP, and I regret that decision every minute of every day. I never thought in a million years that some of these legislators are my classmates, and family, and that they are capable of committing these heinous crimes against our beloved country. I want to see all of them go Balsam Ghut. The Cuban better don't come in Long Look talking piss next election. He has done absolutely nothing for the district. He only helped himself. He moved across Beef Island Bridge, good riddance from District 7, and come election he will be a goner. Unbelievable.
  • I said (21/12/2016, 07:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the end, Doc is going to take the lick for this. 2 billion dollars? Could bet that money is in overseas accounts that is hard to trace.It is time for England to step in. Greed, just greed. They all want to live the glamorous life. That damn money might get you the big house, nice car etc... but it sure can't save you.

    • @ I said (21/12/2016, 16:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      In the end ,Doc and his honorable ministers will be basking quietly in their successful efforts of revitalizing the BVI and it's economy,they will be reelected if that is their respective choices, they will each continueto be successful private citizens as they have always been and Andrew will be pathetically mourning his well deserved Karma.
  • power (21/12/2016, 09:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Alas, people in leadership positions (VIP and NDP) have taken advantage of their privilege for personal benefit, and will continue to do so until they are brought to account. But, here in the land of no accountability, or public budgets for that matter, that will never happen. The rags to riches story of the BVI reminds one of the thousands of hapless lottery winners who have won big. Within ten years, most of those winners have lost or squandered most of their winnings. BVIs is no different.
  • long run short catch (21/12/2016, 09:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    some shit is goin to happen in this small world bvi natures little .. an people will never know y or
    who they created some beast out they ....
  • tola (21/12/2016, 10:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fake premier and thief them who thiefing
  • Stopit!! (21/12/2016, 11:06) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well meh boi. Look how rumours could spread? One man gone in the House and because there is no audited reports he told the media to report that our legislators thief billions of dollars. And the majority reading this story not asking if this is a factual statement, they are on here saying tax payers money got raped, and asking for England to come for country. You can trust the hand of the Enslaver, but you can't trust your own? Had the bloggers on here calling for the return of England to these shores known their past, they would never want England to be a part of the destiny of their grandchildren.
    What the "Puke" England interested in a set of descendants of slaves for? What England interested int he BVI for? They never helped the country to build itself up, but all of a sudden because it started to support itself, it is releasing all its wayward sons and daughters and "can't find workers" in England here to the BVI taking away our people's jobs. Think about Australia and what they did there. Think about Tasmania and what happened there. Think about Papa New Guinea, and you will never be calling for those murderers to return to this country.
    People of the Virgin Islands, encourage our leaders to do better, they are our own people, but do not turn our country over to the hand of the oppressors. The so-called-worst politician you can pick in our House of Assembly can't be compared to the wickedness that the Englanders will do to you and your children's children. Be ware of what you are calling for because this time around, it will be "give me liberty or I take death." Study your history, people. Be careful what you are wishing for.
    • SMH (21/12/2016, 15:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I understand that you're so upset or determined to change the minds of those calling for England BUT forget all of that, it doesn't take a blind man to know the BVI is heading downhill. The opposition leader didn't have to announce that 2Billion is unaccounted for! Look around you! Everything is in shamble! Roads, Tax, BUDGET (which we have to wait until we're 1/4 into the new year to find out what it is) then on top of that we still up and down lending millions of dollars. Who will pay back these people, who will pay back these loans? The hospital already started paying back the some 35M they loaned? What happens when all these people rush the government for their money. COME ON MAN WE HAVE TO DO BETTER! Stop worrying about these people bawling for England. They crying out for England doesn't equal the amount of corruption, greed and selfishness that the rulers of the BVI are doing! You think England going come cause some of the people want them to take over? The actions of the leaders are what will bring England to come take over so direct your statements to the government! They are the ones that are in charge!
  • Political Observer (PO) (21/12/2016, 14:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is a self-inflicted wound due to the lack of audited financial statements for the last 5 years. The lack of audited financial statements open the door to speculating that $2B is missing. Without audited statements, it is difficult to determine if all appropriated funds were spent for their intended purpose. What do we know?

    We know that at least some appropriated funds were expense to deliver services, i.e., civil servants were paid, supplies and material bought, police paid, teachers paid, legislators paid, overseas trips paid, hospitsl workers paid, roads fix (albeit poorly)........etc. The longer government stays without releasing the audited financial statement it continues to feed the spawning of conspiracies. Just release the audited financial statements.
  • Sniper (21/12/2016, 14:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    well round here is silde bc of your last name no voicing your opinion i hope when the real boys start movin u could think out loud
  • headsup (21/12/2016, 14:38) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Each and every economically successful African country or Caribbean country whose leadership is Black has been infiltrated by the CIA. Historically this is known. Pay attention folks. Typically the operative is a local politician.. Any guess who the CIA operative is in the BVI?
    Pay attention!
  • Wendy (21/12/2016, 16:03) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Andrew tried this same outrageous tactic previously and it contributed to his and the ViP downfall. Surely,he knows better but seems to be propelled by a force to be reckoned with and so he has no choice.
    Peace be with you Andrew but your future in politics and that of the ViP,is becoming dimmer and dimmer. Hope that your bizarre antic does not cause irreversible damage to the good governance of the BVI.
  • west end police (21/12/2016, 20:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is the UK, scotland yard and governor to start probing the NDP fraud scheme being operated from inside each Ministry?
  • Fyah Ras (22/12/2016, 01:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Concerned (22/12/2016, 09:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like to see the BVI continue to rule itself with little U.K. intervention, but the corruption has to go!! It is apparent that few if any honest people will run. Maybe U.K. better come in and straighten out the system then let locals pass transparency laws, end borrowing for big projects have regular audits and in other ways follow to the letter the mid term documents already signed
  • Fooking Geniiiius (28/12/2016, 00:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope he didn't hurt too many brain cells thinking this one up "The new VIP Chairman stated that "unless the $2 Billion is fully accounted for, it's unaccounted for...."

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