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CoI instigator Augustus J. U. Jaspert to appear before CoI tomorrow

- Jaspert was accused of trying to bully the democratically elected Gov’t of the VI
The man who gave the Virgin Islands a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) as a parting gift and perceived ‘last lick’, the controversial ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, is scheduled to appear before the CoI tomorrow, October 20, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
Ex- Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, reportedly fought the Government of the Virgin Islands almost daily and wanted to be on the stage with the public updates, and all announcements and at one time, according to a Government Information Service Officer with knowledge of the situation, he almost physically assaulted the Honourable Premier, Andrew A. Fahie (R1), centre, just to speak first at one of the weekly COVID-19 press conferences. Photo: GIS/File
Ex- Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, reportedly fought the Government of the Virgin Islands almost daily and wanted to be on the stage with the public updates, and all announcements and at one time, according to a Government Information Service Officer with knowledge of the situation, he almost physically assaulted the Honourable Premier, Andrew A. Fahie (R1), centre, just to speak first at one of the weekly COVID-19 press conferences. Photo: GIS/File
Not only did the former Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, right, seen here with his buddy the imperialist Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, take over the Government of the NDP after the hurricanes, but it seemed he believed he was elected and started to behave like an elected official; holding press conferences, meeting with senior civil servants, and Heads of Departments, making public announcements on policies and sidelining the NDP, even after the VI was no longer in a state of emergency. Photo: Internet Source
Not only did the former Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, right, seen here with his buddy the imperialist Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, take over the Government of the NDP after the hurricanes, but it seemed he believed he was elected and started to behave like an elected official; holding press conferences, meeting with senior civil servants, and Heads of Departments, making public announcements on policies and sidelining the NDP, even after the VI was no longer in a state of emergency. Photo: Internet Source
WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI- The man who gave the Virgin Islands a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) as a parting gift and perceived ‘last lick’, the controversial ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, is scheduled to appear before the CoI tomorrow, October 20, 2021.

Without the knowledge of the democratically elected Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, with who he shared a strained relationship, and was even accused of attempting to bully, announced a Commission of Inquiry into governance in the Virgin Islands on Martin Luther King Day, on January 18, 2021.

Power grab

Shortly after arriving in the Virgin Islands, the first thing Mr Jaspert did after the Hurricanes of 2017 was to take over the VI, using the constitution to enact his state of emergency powers.

It made the then elected National Democratic Party (NDP) Government powerless and useless.

Four months after the hurricanes, when the local people showed their usual skills and resilience to clean up the islands and there were signs of things getting back to normal, the British Press called the former Governor Jaspert a “hero” for his alleged role after the storms.

Failures of ex-gov Jaspert

However, in the spirit of transparency, the British press with their spin failed to say that all subjects under the Governor’s responsibilities—police, prisons and disaster management—had failed the people.

There was widespread looting following the hurricanes; costing millions of dollars to residents and businesses, because of a breakdown in police security.

Further, all prisoners, including some accused of murder, escaped from Her Majesty’s Prison and were roaming the streets from Virgin Gorda to Jost van Dyke for weeks, placing the public at risk.

Then there was mixed information coming out from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) on the direction of Hurricane Irma in particular and its possible impact on the islands.

However, no one was held accountable for this, as no Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was launched over these gross failures.

Not only did the former Governor Jaspert take over the Government of the NDP after the hurricanes, but it seemed he believed he was elected and started to behave like an elected official; holding press conferences, meeting with senior civil servants, and Heads of Departments, making public announcements on policies and sidelining the NDP, even after the VI was no longer in a state of emergency.

In came the VIP!

After reportedly having a handle on the NDP Government, the VIP Government of Andrew A. Fahie (R1) came into power and began to manage the territory in a more effective and purposeful way, including ensuring locals were appointed to major positions in the territory, such as Attorney General, Director of Public Prosecutions, CEO of BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) and Superintendent of Prisons.

Then came 2020 with a global COVID-19 pandemic and the former Governor Jaspert seemingly saw this as his big chance to regain the public trust and started out by allegedly undermining the efforts of the Local Government.

He reportedly wanted to declare a state of emergency but it was rejected by Cabinet since the Public Health Act of 1977 gave the local Minister for Health the power to address a pandemic.

He reportedly fought the Government almost daily and wanted to be on the stage with the public updates, and all announcements and at one time, according to a Government Information Service Officer with knowledge of the situation, he allegedly almost physically assaulted the Honourable Premier just to speak first at one of the weekly COVID-19 press conferences.

Lawless Jaspert?

Mr Jaspert was also accused of having no regard for law and order or the constitution of the VI. He reportedly continued to violate the VI Constitution as he had his own interpretation that favoured him getting more power and reportedly not respecting the Premier and Cabinet.

The perceived disrespect also affected the HoA, with the Governor failing to get reports to it on time. A senior Member of the HoA, Hon Julian Fraser (R3), even brought a motion to reprimand him.

The controversial Ex-Governor continued to have no regard for the Legislative branch and refused to assent to many bills passed by the Parliament, usually with bogus excuses as to why the bills were not signed.

The issues with bills not assented to were never raised in Cabinet, according to someone familiar with the matter.

Attack on free speech

The ex-governor found time to violate free speech by commenting negatively on an online news site cartoon that most had said they saw nothing wrong with the context, in which he had his feet on the neck of a local pastor, his number one critic.

‘Gus’ also allegedly pushed for many UK nationals to be hired with huge salaries at the local Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), some of them his friends, while locals were out of work.

Yet it seems he did not see that as corruption or lack of good governance.

Racism concerns

Mr Jaspert also left the territory without even offering an apology as demanded by the public for the hurt and insensitive words that were used in regards to slavery and reparation.

His comments about slavery and supporting that all symbols of slavery and white supremacy remain in the Territory was perceived by many as racist and had sparked outrage.

Controversial CoI

Many have said Mr Jaspert left the VI with a bogus CoI, where he coordinated and collaborated with the British press to undermine the VI, based on rumours and gossip against the VIP government.

The way in which the CoI was called, where it caught the elected government unaware, also reportedly caused the VI immense reputational harm.

Further, the UK-sponsored CoI was called during the COVID-19 pandemic even while the UK has used the pandemic as an excuse not to have a CoI into their own management of the pandemic.

This has caused many to speculate that the CoI already has a written conclusion.

Mr Jaspert is scheduled to appear before the CoI at 10:00am tomorrow.

33 Responses to “CoI instigator Augustus J. U. Jaspert to appear before CoI tomorrow”

  • resident (19/10/2021, 19:02) Like (53) Dislike (18) Reply
    I thought he was a very good Governor; especially during Irma and the 6 months afterwards. Without him there would have been a total authority vacuum. His CoI press release was a mistake.
    • Reply (19/10/2021, 20:29) Like (16) Dislike (72) Reply

      good to keep from??? He was one of the worse and rac***t too

      • Crazy stupidness and foolishness (19/10/2021, 22:14) Like (7) Dislike (36) Reply
        He was a nasty piece of work with a serious dose of little man syndrome.
        The UK resisted him calling the CoI for a long time but he eventually wore them down - just before he was recalled 9 months before the end of his extended term.
        Remember this is the man who lied about summoning a Navy ship that was already scheduled to arrive months before! The ship arrived as scheduled months before, stayed as scheduled months before for about 36 hours, and then left as scheduled months before. Liar, liar pants on fire!
        Nasty nasty piece of work.
        • Howdy partner (20/10/2021, 09:57) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
          CoI is an hour late getting started - maybe the fact that the AG's UK QC will also be able to ask him questions has caused him to run for legal representation at the last moment.
    • My My (19/10/2021, 20:36) Like (55) Dislike (9) Reply
      Be mindfully of the fact that the I personally use to listen talk shows and listen call in programme and stop because of how ashen I felt the way the officials insulted the governor was, it was not nice
    • 911 (19/10/2021, 20:38) Like (14) Dislike (64) Reply
      He has been a childish governor
  • priest (19/10/2021, 19:05) Like (45) Dislike (7) Reply
    The breakdown of the Police Prison and other Agencies including the looting were not Gov. Suspect fault. It was a combination of Government neglect over the years to prepare the Territory for a disaster as the one in 2017. After all which country could have have been prepared anyway for a storm of a century as Irma? Even in the great USA these things accurr. It is ok to talk but at least be fair and truthful
  • 666 (19/10/2021, 19:52) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    let the games begin
    • Gus is a good and fair man (20/10/2021, 07:16) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
      My personal experience with Gus was a very good one, Immigration had my status hold up for years, I call, I cant get information, I wrote Governor Gus and in a matter of Two weeks he responded to me, in anothet two weeks, I heard from immigration,....Immigration been spiting me ever since, I dont care...Much Thanks to Gus....Hope they print this..
  • bad news (19/10/2021, 20:35) Like (13) Dislike (62) Reply
    No body want to see gus
  • kkk (19/10/2021, 20:36) Like (17) Dislike (56) Reply
    Just look at his face he should exchange the hat for a hood
  • CHK.... (19/10/2021, 20:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    WHO IT _HUT _IT _HUT, THE SPEAKER ALSO HAD A RUN IN WITH GUS.
  • Thanks Gus!! (19/10/2021, 21:20) Like (28) Dislike (5) Reply
    He was a very good governor and took control when the NDP abandoned ship after Irma- thank goodness for his help. He’s also never been racist, all he did was state a fact that no reparations were coming from the UK- this was not his choice or something he even had an opinion on, it was just the truth. Welcome Gus, and thank you for offering your assistance with improving our governance and due processes with the COI- a much needed exercise in anyone’s book.
  • Oh Please (19/10/2021, 21:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Native Senior Citizen (19/10/2021, 22:48) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Lie, deceptions, blame slinging, racist accusations, and so forth will not change a thing. Yes, it is true the former governor Jasper wasot not the perfect Governor, Bur he as closer to perfection tga the politicians that over the years mismanaged our finances in the name of good governance. The CoI probing is fastly coming to a pivotal point. That is the main reason why former Governor Jasper will face the CoI for Questioning.
    If the current Administration was a smart one, they would have Known that the UK was garthering information against the previous administration, and thy would have need to be much more careful about financial handling. They also should have known that former governor Jasper was sent here not only to govern, but he was also an information collected of financial mismanaging information against political corruption that has been ravishing our finances for decades.
    Whether or not we agree on the conclusive outcome of the CoI findings, it is necessary for a better BVI.
    Independence is bad for us without good governance for our people. The CoI probing is continuing to the it conclusion. Political leaders distractive tactics cannot alter its outcome.
    Truth stands, and is a mighty warrior. Lies and aimless distraction, lie at his feet, shamefully defeated.
    • @ native senior citizen (20/10/2021, 08:10) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
      The usual blah blah blah to justify a racist uk governor

      Always blame the victim the poor oppressed blacks
  • blame blame (19/10/2021, 22:58) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    our people kept running down to government house telling tales out of school and it sure nuff came back to bite them in the @&&
  • Rofl (19/10/2021, 23:18) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    Best Governor ever lol
  • Sunshine (20/10/2021, 04:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    La vicegobernadora duerme con la oradora. Lets push to end this travesty.
  • Instigator..Hmmm.?? (20/10/2021, 07:11) Like (25) Dislike (6) Reply
    U all fighting a losing battle....Come on...Most of us listen to the Evidence given to the COI, the things we learnt are very troubling, we were clearly heading in the wrong direction.....This COI exercise is well needed, long over due, changes need to be made we cant continue this way....leave it up to these selfish, greedy, no conscience politicians things will remain the same..
    • please (20/10/2021, 08:51) Like (3) Dislike (21) Reply
      I have heard nothing in COI that is alarming. The COI is a waste of time.
  • THOSE OF US (20/10/2021, 07:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    that it's you again , spewing out your hate and lies , by commenting under different name to a well orchestrated set of untruths as usual / we were and we know what wend on but you still trying everything at distracting our people / and that's an insult to even think what you wrote , this is craziness ( WOW
  • picking up (20/10/2021, 08:04) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    england left the territory after the slave trade was no longer profitable for them

    england is now back for the territory because they realize the territory is flourishing with offshore & tourism industries
  • Rubber Duck (20/10/2021, 08:12) Like (3) Dislike (18) Reply

    The people at the governor’s office blogging not going to change facts. Gus was bad news and a known rac**t and opposed the vip government elect by the people

  • Say what you want (20/10/2021, 08:16) Like (29) Dislike (6) Reply
    Gus was one of the BEST GOVERNORS WE HAVE HAD.
  • Cyber Warfare (20/10/2021, 09:22) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    Audience. Remember Gus has the resources to to anonymously fight back on these social platforms with ease. QUESTION? Do you think that many of the so called people defending him in these comments are actually from Tortola(local). HINT: YOU DO NOT NEED A PASSPORT OR A PLANE TICKET TO COMMENT ONLINE. So as childish as this man acted as Governer, don't you think he can easily pay people to comment on his behalf. He also has friends that he put in key positions to collect big money ex. r.d.a.(just to show how easy it is). Don't you think he has people that owe him favors?it always amazes me to see most of these comments not reflecting the views of tortola. As if they are not from here...get it?The funny thing is that they think we are so stupid that we wouldn't catch on. Hahaha
    Is it a grown man(Gus) with power acting like a little girl, or is it the white supremacy agenda(COI)?
    Seems like a concoction of many things.
    It's also funny how the pot calling the kettle black, because UK seems like they think we don't see the news ABOUT THEM and their shady deals even dow to Boris and his mistress lol. Or everything they did and are doing wrong at this Moment?
    SMH
    It really is Cyber Warfare
    God Bless and Peace be with you all.
  • @ (20/10/2021, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ CHK , NOT JUST A RUN IN WITH GUS , BUT QUITE A FEW , IT EVEN END UP IN THE COURTS .
  • facts (20/10/2021, 09:32) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Gus he started out OK but he seemingly didn’t understand his role as governor he was moving like a narcissistic petty 007

    We remember the UK media campaign when the drugs were found.

    He’s the reason people of all races are still being locked up for cannabis & unable to access it therapeutically. Because he didn’t like the premier he killed his project? This being after a affirmative message from the throne about the issue of legalization.

    If he had a problem with the bill be a man and say it when it’s brought for consideration.

    No wonder they recalled him early it’s childish to be fighting with the elected politicians.

    Childish to the maximum as he caught a last lick with this COI which he announced on Martin Luther king jr day while making his exit.

    If he forgot what day it was.... a higher power seeing his petty actions as he left instead of addressing problems himself while as governor...

    Caused the stars to align and let the Martin Luther King Jr door hit his already questionable reputation on the way out.

    He was the first controversial governor. The others did their job in dignified silence and I don’t remember their names. Politicians looked at them as a referee not a opponent.
  • @ P-LEASE (20/10/2021, 09:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    you sound like one Trump puppets who said that he ( was more afraid of the protesestors who were in the black lives matter march , more than those who invaded the white house ) so why don't you join trump and them
  • ... (20/10/2021, 10:39) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where was the BVI government officials after Irma? Thats right hiding in their huge abode. That man stepped in and stepped up! Brought in assistance! meanwhile the government and their cronies days after took all supplies that came in and gave to their friends and family! now they making it look like they came out next day for the people in the territory.
  • work (20/10/2021, 13:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We to critical and ungrateful. This governor didnt come to relax he came to work and that is what he did. Our problem is that we love micromanagement we put someone to do a task then we go back to redo it. Then we vex stop that foolishness and allow people to function in their capacity that's why we can't see beyond our nose. The man came here to fulfill his mandate but many persons brought issues to him and the only way to try to fix them is by asking for an inquiry. The public is now aware of what has been happening in the territory. Remember this is an inquiry not a court. Many persons including politicians calling for it, here it is let's learn and move on better must come not bitterness. Together we can achieve
  • Quiet Rebel (20/10/2021, 13:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are no clean hands, no Pilates in this sordid saga. The so called Mother country lacked integrity, the personal integrity, a weak hand, in lecturing any one on corruption and governing. The local government (s) has had problems that need to be address.

    Moreover, it should not be a surprise that colonial countries demonstrate corrupt, extractive, exploitive tendencies. Colonialists have always a dim view of and looked down upon the enslaved in the colonies. The colonialists had an air of superiority over the enslaves, feeling that they were equal to them mentally, physically. Some still harbour the superiority beliefs. They see it as their mission to control the enslaved, for they are not mental enough to lead, manage and govern.

    Thus, progress made by Blacks out in the territories is viewed with a jaundice eye. There may be a sense of jealousy. Some people living in mansions up on the hill with breathtaking views cause some to wonder how can that be when the supposed superior class are living flats in their homeland. Stop the hating.




  • Tell us (21/10/2021, 08:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He also mentioned that Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie and the rest of the Cabinet had discussed the matter of the CoI with him as well as his predecessor to probe into some of the controversial projects that stemmed from the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) administration such as the BVI Airways deal, the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park development and Elmore Stoutt High School Wall.

    Tell us again who instigated the coi please! Premier did when he tried to make NDP look bad. Dig one grave then you better dig 2.


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