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Dr Smith said Jaspert asked him about corruption before becoming VI Governor

- reveals that ex-governor may have come to VI with a predisposition about local state of affairs
Former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, left, said even before becoming VI Governor, Augustus J.U. Jaspert, right, had asked him about alleged corruption in the VI. Photo: Facebook/DDM
Former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, right, on Talking Points on February 6, 2023. Photo: Facebook
Former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, right, on Talking Points on February 6, 2023. Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI– Former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith says a precursor to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) in the Virgin Islands (VI) came as a result of people in the territory continuously complaining to the British government about corruption in the VI government.

Speaking on an episode of Talking Points on ZBVI 780AM on February 6, 2023, Dr Smith added that even before becoming Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr Augustus J.U. Jaspert had asked him about alleged corruption in the VI.

“The last governor, I met him before he came here and the first question he asked me is 'What about this corruption the BVI?'

“I was taken aback because I didn’t know of any corruption, I was not aware of any corruption in the party… which I was a part of, which I was the leader,” he added.

UK saw fire where there was smoke - Dr Smith 

Dr Smith added that the British Government saw the VI as a case that where there is smoke there is fire and hence the CoI came.

He also pointed to the rocky relationship between the then Governor Jaspert and the then government led by ex-Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) as another reason why the CoI came about.

Dr Smith; however, added that during his tenure and under the system of Government in the VI, to prevent instances like a CoI there were ample opportunities for discourse between the Governor and elected government. 

He said the Governor and Premier would have a meeting every Thursday, in addition to the Governor sitting in Cabinet.

“That is something that should have been happening more often, if this is the position… here’s an opportunity for discussion,” he added.

Jaspert called CoI

The CoI was called by Mr Jaspert and announced to the VI government and public days before Mr Jaspert exited the Virgin Islands.

CoI Commissioner Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom was also hand-picked by Mr Jaspert, which led many to question the undemocratic process the CoI was established and executed.

The CoI failed to unearth corruption but did reveal there was a need for reform for better accountability, transparency, and fairness.

Mr Hickinbottom subsequently recommended, among other things, a suspension of the VI constitution and imposition of direct rule by the UK.

This recommendation was rejected by the Virgin Islands people, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, CARICOM, USVI Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr and the United Nations.

Although suspending the constitution has been held back, there is an Order in Council in the UK Parliament that can be activated to impose direct rule if the Virgin Islands fails to implement recommendations made by a one-man commissioner.

40 Responses to “Dr Smith said Jaspert asked him about corruption before becoming VI Governor”

  • Rubber Duck (07/02/2023, 10:37) Like (46) Dislike (27) Reply
    The COI found no corruption ? The COI ordered numerous criminal investigations which are currently ongoing. A minister and the former Speaker have been arrested so far. And Fahie wasnt corrupt ?
    • facts (07/02/2023, 10:42) Like (20) Dislike (26) Reply

      They found no corruption. They may have suspected corruption, which has led to investigations. A court will decide if there was indeed corruption. Fahie's arrest and the Speaker matter (allegations and no charge) had nothing to do with the CoI...don't mix it up. Thanks

      • smfh (07/02/2023, 12:31) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
        Jasper asked about corruption because the Head Coach was constantly in the HOA and the Press and down int the Governor's office shouting about corruption.

        He lit the fire. And continued to fan the flames. Imagine that.
    • @ rubber duck (07/02/2023, 10:57) Like (13) Dislike (21) Reply
      Former speaker was not charged with anything and his fake arrest had nothing to do with the coi
      • @@rubber duck (07/02/2023, 16:19) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        We should not rush to any conclusion yet. I am sure the Former Speaker has the resources. He will defend himself well.
    • to Rubber Duck (07/02/2023, 11:52) Like (16) Dislike (28) Reply
      I have no confidence in the COI as nothing about it was transparent. It was a modern day lynching and needs to be challenged.
  • smh (07/02/2023, 10:43) Like (17) Dislike (24) Reply
    When this territory was not yet developed, we were not on the UK’s radar. They could have care less about a few slave descendants roaming around on these “rocks”.

    Fast forward decades later, developing, money flowing, highly sought after paradise where the Uber wealthy run to vacay, they see the dollar signs and want this place back to themselves.

    Talking about corruption. Where on earth isn’t there bad and good? Far worse happens in other British Overseas Territories, go and harass them.

    They want to get us out of here for their people to flock the islands, buy out all our beautiful hillside, beachfront and mountaintop properties so they can come and live in our paradise after they eradicate us. I see the plot.

    The ex-police commissioner, who spoke horribly on the BVI and it’s locals, choosing to purchase a property and retire here after all was said and done was the first sign to me of what was to come and I was correct.
    • @SMH (07/02/2023, 11:42) Like (35) Dislike (20) Reply

      Developing where??? Money flowing where exactly? Into pockets that already overflowing? Is our own people right here that walking all over us!!! Ain’t sh** sweet about this place. Cut the crap.
      If the UK wanted to “take over” so badly they would’ve done that immediately right after flandrew pull that bs! This is the BRITISH Virgin Islands the UK don’t got to fight up with a soul for this place.

      • Citizen (07/02/2023, 14:54) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
        Obviously you are very ignorant. This is NOT THE BRITISH Virgin Islands. We do not belong to the Colonizers and the rapist. Go and learn about the history of the Virgin Islands.
      • @ “@SMH” (07/02/2023, 17:00) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
        You sound like a typical jigaboo waiting for massa to sweep in and save us. Go to h3ll, disrespectfully…

        If they come and take over do you think you will be spared? That you won’t be discriminated against? I’m sure you are black. They won’t say oh look it’s the coon that commented under the VINO article in defense of the whites. You’ll be treated just like the rest of us, if not worse…
  • Reply (07/02/2023, 10:59) Like (12) Dislike (18) Reply
    A coi that found no corruption but still Ranking and Collins still not arrested
    • @Reply (07/02/2023, 12:24) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      Also do not forget a few former governors and commissioner of police and senior officers that were from the UK.
  • Really (07/02/2023, 11:16) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    Wake Up people stop paying attention to the drama. Do you see what's going on in the UK with the people only allowed to go certain places. We will be on heavy lockdown and control. Pay attention to how much power the UK has All over the world. It's always been one world government/ secret society which you will never ever know who calls all the shots in our lives to control us. These two puppets work for the devil promotion and flashing all the devil sign, symbols, numbers and colors which is very symbolic to them. Ask the government how many people die a week here and how many people are getting all kinds of random sicknesses since being vaccinated with the mRNA COVID 19 vaccine. Look up what mRNA means before you comment
  • HMMM (07/02/2023, 11:48) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
    That last Governor hand was not clean but time will tell.
  • ok (07/02/2023, 11:49) Like (10) Dislike (19) Reply
    Jaspert was evil and abused his powers. He think those things will last.
  • Not good (07/02/2023, 11:51) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
    Notice how they cover up all alleged wrong doing of some of the past head of police and other UK officers and officials that worked in the BVI. This whole COI was a well organized plot through abusing their authorities.
  • Stupid Interview.. (07/02/2023, 11:53) Like (29) Dislike (5) Reply
    All these leading questions to fit a narrative is dumb and weak...Dr. Smith is such a nice Guy, he knows better but he just play a long..However, Dr. Smith did mentioned that the COI was as a result of many, many complaints by Citizen including the X Premier., the interviewer didn't want to hear that. He wanted he narrative to continue of blaming the Governor....Put the blame where it belongs..
  • Vg woman (07/02/2023, 11:58) Like (11) Dislike (21) Reply
    It was clear the Governor before could not hide his racism and hatred that he was not in full control over the country. He would stop at nothing to get that done to try to enslave us again.
  • Sister Island (07/02/2023, 12:00) Like (10) Dislike (21) Reply
    He is the first Governor who lived and visited the rich whites on the sister Islands frequently especially by night. Now we know what they were planning. It was how to destroy us.
  • Here we go (07/02/2023, 12:04) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    This is why I say the position of the Governor should be an elected one so they can be held accountable by the people and the laws of the land. Also so we can check their bank accounts and assets before they took office, while in office, and after, so they do not run off with our money and hide it in Switzland or other places in the world in their family names while having us looking at each other in the BVI as the thrives and corrupt.
  • Dancing with the Stars (07/02/2023, 12:17) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    The former Premier is out of his mind to suggest that his wife may contest as a candidate in the general election.
    I want to make it abundantly clear that she CANNOT contest the General Election because she was not born here. Naturalization is not a birth right.
  • Awoke (07/02/2023, 12:18) Like (4) Dislike (18) Reply
    Ranking and Jespert 2 known racist
  • Let's be real (07/02/2023, 12:21) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    The COI was not about who or what is wrong. It was about who or what they want us to believe is wrong because they always wanted to get at them. It is as simple as that.
  • Notice (07/02/2023, 12:30) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    HIs wife and a few others kept by jaspert when they loss the government complaining about the current government from day one. They became good friends with him, and it is clear that other than Myron, he guaranteed their freedom when their plot began starting with a well-organized targeting, lacking transparency COI, its process, and its recommendations and actions thereafter. It has now backfired on all who was by jaspert by night and now out there trying to plant in people's minds lies about who asked for the COI when they know what they did.
  • UK resident (07/02/2023, 12:33) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    The two orders of council are not reflective of a modern partnership and violates human rights and democracy. They both need to be removed immediately. Let the laws through the judiciary and the policies of the land be allowed to work and not be dictated to by a governor and a few senior public UK officers. This is WRONG!
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (07/02/2023, 12:57) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
    No reason to continue talking about the subject matter of corruption in the BVI. Everyone should know by now that where there is smoke, (corruption) there is fire (corruption).

    If one don't admit that their car or truck tire has a deflated tire, does that means that the tire is not deflated?
    In order to more this country forward in the right direction, we should admit that corrupted practices was and still is a continuing practice in a number of areas.
    Honesty is still the best policy. True confession, and repentance are righteous principles needed prior to the experience of good governance in the BVI.

    "Time To Reset."
    Time to put our "House Of Assemble" in order.

  • HeHe (07/02/2023, 13:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why only now this article came up? Is this being used as a TrUmP CaRd bc of the upcoming election? It may certainly be.
  • Citizen (07/02/2023, 14:13) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply

    Why the hell he had the Governor sitting in Cabinet? He started this sh**.

    • @ Citizen (08/02/2023, 13:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You're wrong. The Governor has always been a part of Cabinet. This did NOT start with Dr. Smith.
  • Yes to UK (07/02/2023, 14:51) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    @Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands, Well said you a million likes from me.
  • Wonder (07/02/2023, 15:47) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I always wonder what was his wife and Jaspert and other high level UK persons role in the plane and missing $7.2 million dollar. Thing to talk.
    • Nah (08/02/2023, 09:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      BVI govt got conned by scammers for the monies. It’s happened before (hospital, Pier Pak, etc) and will prob happen again.,
  • Dancing with the Stars (08/02/2023, 08:10) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ Bones. It is time for the electorates in the B.V.I to scrutinize the list of candidates to ensure that BIRTH CERTIFICATES are presented on nomination day to ensure that what happened in District four does not happen again.
  • Sad (08/02/2023, 09:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That Dr. Smith saw no corruption speaks poorly of his awareness of his political environment, assuming his answer was truthful. Sad because corruption, cronyism and nepotism in these parts is readily discernible to anyone paying attention. Who was on watch when Irma and Maria came around and revelaed the public purse to be pretty empty after decadess of a $ 1biillion/yr GNP?
  • FEO GOMEZ (08/02/2023, 10:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In return the Premier at the time should have asked Jaspert about his MODDA.
  • BVI LOVE NOTES (09/02/2023, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Corruption never jumps out into the light and say "See me here"! Woe be into the BVI if we have no means of defense against blatant nepotism, cronyism and malignant anarchy, which are just as bad as racism, if not worse.

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