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‘Your gov’t has no secrets’- Premier Fahie

- reaffirms commitment to transparency in the HoA
With mounting discussions on the need for transparency in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly(HoA), Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has accused detractors of trying to destabilise his administration by spreading mistruths about government House Members into the public sphere. Photo: GIS/File
A 'gaping legal hole' was exposed when the Member for the Fourth District, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (in photo), attempted to resign from his seat after the general elections last February before the appointment of a Speaker, according to Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO
A 'gaping legal hole' was exposed when the Member for the Fourth District, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (in photo), attempted to resign from his seat after the general elections last February before the appointment of a Speaker, according to Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO
The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, as promised, has been transparent in the House of Assembly, even in cases where it was not required by law. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, as promised, has been transparent in the House of Assembly, even in cases where it was not required by law. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Despite making every effort to deliver on transparency and accountability as a Government, in keeping with campaign promises, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Administration is being forced to publicly reaffirm its commitment to good governance.

According to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), detractors of his Government are trying to destabilise his administration by spreading mistruths about government House Members into the public sphere.

Destabilisation

“These attempts at destabilising this administration are not about damaging the reputation of the individual ministers and terrorising their families… the members and their families will be collateral damage in an unholy war for the status quo to hold on to their grasp around the necks of our citizens,” the Premier said at the September 2, 2019, sitting of the HoA.

“When the electorate voted out the previous government and elected this administration, there were making a statement, they were taking a stand against the status quo,” he said,

The Premier noted that his government’s vision for transforming the VI is one that will create an environment that is very difficult for the status quo to continue exploiting the people.

In accusing the detractors of his government of planting mischief and misinformation for persons with ‘vulnerable dispositions’ to pick up, Premier Fahie said those actions “allow falsehoods to take on deeper roots than the truth.”

“Your governments… has no secrets that can be leveraged against us or which can be used to blackmail us,” Hon Fahie noted. He questioned the credibility of Opposition Members for agreeing on contracts while in government, yet causing ‘long drawn out discussions’ in the house while in Opposition.

Need for Constitutional Reform

Hon Fahie; however, noted that even as his government will agree to transparency in instances where there is no need, “We are finding situations where the provisions of the Virgin Islands (VI) Constitution Order are proven to be out of date and inadequate,” Premier Fahie said.

“Another recent instance you would recall is the gaping legal hole that was exposed when the Honourable Member for the Fourth District attempted to resign from his seat after the general elections last February before the appointment of a Speaker,” he said.

The Premier underscored that there remains a need for constitutional reform in the Virgin Islands and, “Until such time as the constitution is revised, we on this side will volunteer to disclosure.”

11 Responses to “‘Your gov’t has no secrets’- Premier Fahie”

  • ABC (11/09/2019, 11:45) Like (18) Dislike (12) Reply
    Wish the smith gang had practice this, then they would have been in office today
    • Transparency (11/09/2019, 13:19) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      Transparency is not always transparency.
      If you sift through all the useless information, what qualitative information have you really been given?

      You really think you know whats going on? I think am a fairly intelligent and reasonable person, and i have absolutely no idea of what is happening.

      The portfolio of the man above keeps getting longer and longer. The question is, when will he find the time to dedicate qualitative attention to them all.....the thing we learn in the private sector is that one person should not be allowed to handle more than one position, where those positions are extremely involved and complicated for by themselves, let alone if they have to hold 2 and 3 positions that are like that.

      What do you suppose will happen?
      Something will not be done or will not be done well and most likely will not be done at all.

      So you tell me, what do you really know?
  • voter (11/09/2019, 12:43) Like (17) Dislike (21) Reply
    But you cant tell us the cost of the bodyguards!
  • Need to stay informed (11/09/2019, 12:59) Like (9) Dislike (23) Reply
    I applaud the VIP government for its efforts towards transparency. On the premier's return from his very important trip to the UK, I hope he sheds some light as to why there was a need to move BVI EC and BVI Ports Authority from the portfolio of the Minister of Transportation, Works and Utilities - by all accounts it appears that the Minister now only has responsibility for one utility....
    • Buffy (11/09/2019, 13:47) Like (7) Dislike (15) Reply
      I love it!!! I need the answer to that question as well. The Premier took Telecomm under his belt as well. Take care the belt buss from all this stretching! So what Utilities we talking about in that Ministry? Only BVIEC and W&S remain. Why??

      You ever heard the saying the best place to hide is out in the light where we keep flouting the word transparency every 5 seconds.
  • Eagle Eye (11/09/2019, 14:34) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    Well tell us what is the threat since there is nothing to hide Mr premier.
  • VIP voter (11/09/2019, 14:48) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    Andrew. Keep your head on. Do not mind the detractors. Prayers are with you
  • jack (11/09/2019, 15:16) Like (25) Dislike (12) Reply
    Marlon and his gang is bare scandal over nothing at all, Fahie really reying to do the best for the people
  • biker (11/09/2019, 19:02) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    The constitution is less than 20 years old. Why bother to reform it? Just start the process for independence form the UK and move on.
  • cat (11/09/2019, 20:11) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    Vip must live on


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