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Ex FS Neil M. Smith under fire; Conflict of interest role- BVI Airways Report

- Mr Smith made decisions to dole out Taxpayers’ funds outside of what Cabinet agreed to!
The Auditor General, in her investigative report on the flopped BVI Airways deal, showed how the former Financial Secretary (FS), Mr Neil M. Smith, allegedly facilitated this scam on the people of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Airways Operator parties seemed to have used public funds as their ‘piggy bank’ for the BVI Airways project, according to the Auditor General's Report on the failed project. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Airways Operator parties seemed to have used public funds as their ‘piggy bank’ for the BVI Airways project, according to the Auditor General's Report on the failed project. Photo: VINO/File
From left: Former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith and BVI Airways’ President and CEO Jerry D. Willoughby at the launch of the partnership between BVI Airways and the Virgin Islands Government on January 12, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
From left: Former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith and BVI Airways’ President and CEO Jerry D. Willoughby at the launch of the partnership between BVI Airways and the Virgin Islands Government on January 12, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
As residents continue to read the Auditor General Ms Sonia M. Webster’s damning report on the ‘Government‘s Financing of the BVI Airways’ Direct Flights to Miami’, more revelations are being unearthed. Photo: C-H Aviation
As residents continue to read the Auditor General Ms Sonia M. Webster’s damning report on the ‘Government‘s Financing of the BVI Airways’ Direct Flights to Miami’, more revelations are being unearthed. Photo: C-H Aviation
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As residents continue to read the Auditor General Ms Sonia M. Webster’s damning report on the ‘Government‘s Financing of the BVI Airways’ Direct Flights to Miami’ project, more revelations are being unearthed.

The report shows that after an agreement, whereby Government had promised an investment of $7.0M and the Operator parties to put in their own $6.0 M, taxpayers were left holding the bag after over $7.2M was paid out and there were no flights, no plane, no information of the Operator parties’ $6.0M and no return of taxpayers $7.2M.

In her report, the Auditor General also showed how the former Financial Secretary (FS), Mr Neil M. Smith, allegedly facilitated this scam on the people of the Virgin Islands.

No letter of credit no deal?

The Operator parties had demanded a ‘Letter of Credit’ from the then National Democratic Party (NDP) Government headed by former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith.

The government was unable to produce the Letter of Credit secured by taxpayers; therefore, the former FS Smith used that as a reason to dole out some $7.2M in less than one year, which was a violation of the payment schedule of three years.

In the Auditor General’s Report, on page 11 No. 45, she noted that Mr Smith stated it was difficult for the Dr Smith regime to secure a Letter of Credit because “stringent regulatory requirements in the banking industry that were resulting in large scale derisking …as a result obtaining a letter of credit would be possible but costly.”

Mr Smith, in his decision to violate Cabinet’s payment schedule, used this argument to dole out some $500,000 some 9 days ahead of the first payment schedule in January 2016, weeks after the Framework Agreement was agreed to by Cabinet.

If that was not enough, less than two months later, again in violation of Cabinet’s Framework Agreement Payment Schedule, Mr Smith paid out another $2.4M two months ahead of schedule.

Treasury was BVI Airways' piggy bank

The BVI Airways Operator parties seemed to have used public funds as their ‘piggy bank’ for the project and by October and November 2016, a full two years ahead, the former FS paid yet again two amounts totaling $2.1M, according to the report on page 11 No. 47.

By November of 2016, BVI Airways had collected $5.0M without a sign of an aircraft and no approval from US Department of Transportation or the local regulator Air Safety Support International (ASSI), according to the report on page 52 No. 55, which stated that these approvals lasted more than a “year and a half.”

The Framework Agreement, signed by both Government and the Operator parties, stipulated that the final $2.0M was to be paid only after the BVI-Miami air service was successfully launched as per page 11 No. 48 of the report.

Former FS Smith gave up all the money with nothing to show

Eager to get the government’s full $7.0M on June 6, 2016; however, both parties executed an addendum that provided for the remaining $2.0M to be placed into an escrow account with a new payment schedule of May 30, 2017, when $1,200,000 was to be paid and November 30, 2017, when $800,000 was to be paid, according to the report on page 11 No. 46.

If that was not enough, the Operator parties demanded, and it was agreed to by the Dr Smith Government, of a new and additional amount of money beyond the Cabinet approved $7.0M.

In the same addendum to the Framework, “an additional $200,000, allegedly to compensate the cost associated with the delays of the Government’s failure to produce the Letter of Credit was agreed to; however, contrary to the rules on Government spending the parties provided no supporting information or evidence to substantiate their claim for the additional funds,” according to page 12 No. 50 of the report.

Outside of the $7M and $200,000 was paid out

The report noted that “the $200,000 was paid to BVI Airways on August 26, 2016, on the faith of their unsupported claim.”

After BVI Airways received the extra $200,000 wired out to them less than a month after the addendum to the Payment Schedule (no one has included the cost to taxpayers of the wire charges), the former FS Smith- as per the report on page 12 No. 53- “terminated the escrow arrangement and authorised release of the funds to the Operator parties on January 11, 2017, way before the new payment date and giving the Operator parties well over $7.2M before they even had approval from the UK and USA regulatory authorities to fly between Beef Island and Miami,” according to the Auditor General on page 12 No. 55.

The Auditor General, Ms Webster, concluded that Mr Smith did this without any binding financial commitment from the Operator parties or penalties for failing to provide financing, therefore the Operator parties relied almost exclusively on the money provided by the government, as stated on page 15 No. 75.

Conflict of Interest; no one looking out for taxpayers

The Auditor General raised some serious concerns about Mr Smith’s, the former FS, role in the BVI Airways project. She noted “the assignment of the Financial Secretary to facilitate the venture eliminated an important checklist that should exist between project execution and project financing. This created a conflict whereby the Financial Secretary’s obligation to ensure the successful launching of the project may have obscured his public duty as primary custodian of Government’s finances. The acute level of scrutiny that should have been applied to the financial and other issues of risk presented by the Operator parties was replaced with insistent action to accommodate their requests,” according to page 18 No. 98.

In another scathing rebuke of the former Financial Secretary’s role in the BVI Airways’ scandal, the Auditor General noted in her report on page 18 No. 99 that the project did not undergo the necessary financial scrutiny, “instead it was flawed by early payments without Cabinet authorisation."

She said these were decisions made by Mr Neil M. Smith “as project liaison rather than public custodian.”

Editor’s NoteThis is the third of 5 articles breaking down the Auditor General’s Report on the Government's Financing of BVI Airways’ Direct Flights to Miami.

Article 1: A tale of corruption, deception, no regard for Cabinet decisions: BVI Airways Report

Article 2: BVI Airways report: Was the VI Government scammed?


86 Responses to “Ex FS Neil M. Smith under fire; Conflict of interest role- BVI Airways Report”

  • say no more (31/05/2020, 14:46) Like (67) Dislike (7) Reply
    That’s what happens when your major study was in engineer, not finance. That’s what happens when you get position because of connections and who you for rather than you being technically and experience qualified in the field of branch of study for the position.

    And don’t tell me he had a related ‘finance’ degree.
    • @Say no more (31/05/2020, 17:25) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
      Thank you buddy, and that is what scammers is looking for. Easy prey. It’s like I have a degree in Law and I take a position as a CEO in banking knowing well I have no experience or knowledge about the banking sector.The scammer is going to prey on the banker.
      • please (02/06/2020, 23:06) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
        lord, i know he aint hav a leg to stand on but nobody aint feel a little bad for he. neil one of we.
    • where? (31/05/2020, 19:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I want to read the report but don’t know where to find it online. Where should I look?
    • White and island people (31/05/2020, 19:31) Like (2) Dislike (37) Reply
      The white and island people cannot be trusted. They fool our honest, competent and well qualified local appointees with their fine words and dishonesty. Shame on them for tricking our faithful locals and making them look bad - when they are as competent and well qualified as foreigners. We need more locals in the top jobs responsible for management and then this sort of foolishness and stupidness allowing foreigners to steal our children’s’ future will not happen again.
      • racist (01/06/2020, 06:55) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
        You are a racist. In these times where people are murdered for the color of their skin comments like yours are disgusting.

        People are people. We are all one.
      • tretretrete (01/06/2020, 09:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        U serious pal? Who cause him to givr all tax payers money away when not authorized? Again blame expatriates for all you wrong judgements ans failures amh
      • Troll Hunter (01/06/2020, 09:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Such a fake contrived comment!
      • Really? (01/06/2020, 14:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Are you nuts? Thats the most racist thing i have ever heard. There is enough blame to go around. and for your info it was a BELONGER that jumped the rules here.....
      • Gran Puba (02/06/2020, 04:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        An island person isn’t in hot water in the article above though. A full grown “indigenous” in the hot water there. So you can’t trust no one at all!!
  • HAHA (31/05/2020, 14:48) Like (41) Dislike (8) Reply
    And they still named the hospital after him. Shame, shame shame
  • Hmmmmmmmm (31/05/2020, 14:51) Like (20) Dislike (11) Reply
    Smell of Embezzlement?

    Need to go jail just like how that George Floyd killer needs to go jail, Sick and tired of supposedly ‘high for looting’ people and their children always getting off but a poor man taking a joint gets locked up.
  • mercy (31/05/2020, 14:53) Like (38) Dislike (2) Reply
    To much education and not a drip of common sense my my.
  • Nothing Hidden (31/05/2020, 14:58) Like (41) Dislike (2) Reply
    “ it was flawed by early payments without Cabinet authorisation.”

    They all knew what this guy did after he did it but tried to cover it up. What goes on in the dark must come to light.

    Nothing wicked under the sun ever gets hidden.

    Time alone do tell... A lot more wickedness going to be revealed.
  • FALL GUY (31/05/2020, 15:00) Like (61) Dislike (1) Reply
    mr smith worked for the government so the members of parliament had to know what was on going.....just like the airport project in 2007 the small man did jail times while the elected members walked free:
    • agreed (02/06/2020, 06:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is the fall guy just like PAL who was also an FS. Dude your NDP throw you far under the bus buddy!!!!!!!!!
  • one eye (31/05/2020, 15:26) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    All I could say is wow smh
  • Boyyy (31/05/2020, 15:29) Like (33) Dislike (9) Reply

    Look he face nah. Find our money or go to JAIL. Plain and simple.

    • @Boyyy (31/05/2020, 15:44) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
      Can't you comment without attacking the guy personal appearance. You first 4 words exposed you IQ.
      • @Boyyy (31/05/2020, 19:33) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        I think that was intentional. Obviously what he said struck a cord with you. It’s clearly obvious that person is trying to speak in the local lingo. I mean every word is spelt just how it’s suppose to be.So I’m pretty sure joke is on you
      • @ @ Boy (31/05/2020, 23:04) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        "Look he face nah" is a slang in the sense of "Up to no good" "You think you slick" "Think you easy" "
        • Exactly ! (01/06/2020, 09:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          I’m glad you have to common sense to know what the person meant when they said “ look he face nah” some people just like to take things out of context and run their mouth . Hint hint @ boyyy. You are the one looking like you have a low IQ . Or either it really did struck a cord with you.
  • Inexperienced (31/05/2020, 15:41) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    With the first payment, the Operators tested Neal and his superiors naivete, they passed the test with flying colors...and the scamming took flight.

    The contract appeared to have been poorly structured, but even with that gross incompetence and weakness, had they followed the payment requirements the BVI would have been in a better position today. This was a contract intended to be a public private partnership, turned out to be masked as a one side. The Operators acted like they were government employees. Neal start singing like a songbird don't take the heat by yourself. Weak political leaders, staff up with even weaker leaders in critical one to challenge start singing because you didn't do this on your own. I see politicians and government lawyers alike all involved in this one.
  • Eagle Eye (31/05/2020, 15:45) Like (6) Dislike (33) Reply
    Locals working so hard and then them white island men thief we money.
  • Gonnoria (31/05/2020, 15:56) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where Power hungry opposition to answer this Noooo he too busy scheming to take the little social security bread out people mouth. A big squandering mistake this BVI airway line disgrace. that $7 million dollar could help unemployment. Helloooooooo
  • GTFOH (31/05/2020, 16:21) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
    This information is not new. This was already brought up previously. Fahie and Fraser did everything they could do get answers and hold NDP accountable but all Dr. Smith would say is that it would prejudice the agreement. I had so much faith in Marlon and Mitch when they first joined NDP thinking they would bring fresh ideas and thinking that they would fight for the people. They instead chose to be more loyal to the party than the people who elected them to lead. Never once did Marlon question his government while they burned over $7 million now his voice is loud for every single thing. Someone should be jailed to send a message.
    • Styler (31/05/2020, 22:39) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Andrew was the one every time asking Orlando about our 7 millions dollars. Julian ain’t did a DAM thing now Andrew is the Premier he’s asking him where is our 7mil.
    • Agree (01/06/2020, 11:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mitch especially is disappointing. But, this is Tortola mehson. Everybody dying to be "members of high society"; we are being hung by our greed and our confounding inferiority complexes.
  • Too much corruption (31/05/2020, 16:31) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is about time these politicians start being accountable for our tax money. $7 million for British Airways and $1 million for the wall. We need our money back, seize their personal assets to repay the waste of our tax dollars.
  • lol (31/05/2020, 16:45) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    deport him
  • all I would say (31/05/2020, 16:47) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    As bad as this was not a man will go to jail
  • vip heckler (31/05/2020, 16:49) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
    If Allen and bevis went to jail for less than this so can others, no justice no peace
  • local girl (31/05/2020, 16:52) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    This report is thing to tell the queen vino ayo bad bad bad excellent report
  • old (31/05/2020, 16:55) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its Time for Some people to go to jail. The world need to clean up.. We have enough.
  • kkk (31/05/2020, 16:57) Like (8) Dislike (17) Reply
    This is just like what happened in Minneapolis with the killing of George Floyd these white boys has killed our hard working people for tax payers money
  • Little fish (31/05/2020, 17:04) Like (39) Dislike (9) Reply
    He was just a little fish swimming in deep waters and those big fish were to much for him.... Poor fellow, he look so innocent, No street experience... Street experience is the best experience people... When the Streets educate you no boy can fool you...
  • Uhoh (31/05/2020, 17:29) Like (12) Dislike (25) Reply
    But, did he commit a crime?
    Was he following instructions from his Superiors?
    • Really? (31/05/2020, 18:59) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Regardless if he was supposedly following instructions from superiors. If your superior says jump off a cliff - i.e. do what is wrong- would you do it? He is old enough to know better ... follow the rules stay within your boundaries - even if that means you will get fired. He should have learnt from other peoples past mistakes of following instructions from superiors. Now who or where are his superiors? No superiors whether in the work place or in the worship place will ever ever ever get me to do evil.
    • fs (31/05/2020, 19:19) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      I believe he was instructed to make the payments. But as Financial Secretary, he knew certain approvals, such as, Cabinet should have been obtained,

      So as Financial Secretary , he is ultimately responsible.
    • @ Uhoh (31/05/2020, 20:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Da jam (31/05/2020, 20:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Or orders from family members . . .
  • Terribleness (31/05/2020, 17:32) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    They better be glad this happened in the BVI. In the US, they would be sitting in Federal Prison or getting ready to go to Federal Prison. But, the way things work in the BVI, if you got a bit of clout, house arrest if that much.
    • ABC (31/05/2020, 19:17) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      US could take an interest - if funds have been embezzled via the US financial system then they may get interested and pursue people
  • next in line (31/05/2020, 17:34) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please let’s follow the money and see where it ended up. Something not right here. All these early payments and nothing to show to the people up to now. This money was spent and we need to know how!
  • AHH (31/05/2020, 17:41) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    And now he’s at the RDA so can lose more of the countries money, brilliant
  • Trusth (31/05/2020, 18:07) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where were the Board members during all of this?
    Why Ryan Geluk named a director when he is not a belonger. Who was he fronting for?
    • Correction (01/06/2020, 20:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is a Belongers and was on to rep Bvi. But it’s the classic case of top positions being doled out as favours to family and friends instead of having Deeply experienced people look after our interests. NDP, VIP, same ole.
      • trrefdrfds (02/06/2020, 05:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ryan Geluk was not a belonger at that time. There must be a reason why he was selected as a Director. Besides BDO had some involvement in the BVI Airways matter
  • Ms. Caine (31/05/2020, 18:07) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is this why Alvera jumped ship from the NDP because she new this was coming? John even with his flaws would still be a better representative for district 6. He has the ability to think broadly and put country first and not sell the country short or live pockets of family and friends. Ms Caine is family then country as a political leader. So I would still tie her to the NDP when this nonsense took place and there should be a vote of no confienced in her.
    • Hmm (02/06/2020, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      You need to shut your trap.... if you don't know anything. Hon. Caines is the Best thing for District 6.
  • JYD (31/05/2020, 18:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Gosh darn (31/05/2020, 19:20) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Neil Smith is either on the take or has so little practical experience (street smart vs book smart) that he was easily outsmarted by a bunch of not very sophisticated fraudsters - either way he needs to be held accountable (and anyone else at who was involved / at who’s behest he acted). And we wonder why no one wants to lend money to BVI without some form of control / security.
  • Intel. Analysis (31/05/2020, 19:58) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mens rea (the intention or knowledge of wrongdoing that constitutes part of a crime) and actus reus ( action or conduct which is a constituent element of a crime) the two major components of a crime. It must be proven that a person(s) knew that a crime was being committed but decided to facilitate/participate in the commission of that crime for the benefit of himself or another person. Not to say that Policies/protocols were not violated and that has to be dealt with. In the final analysis, it may be concluded that the Government was just deceived by a well organized and crafty person or group of persons, to bilked them out $ 7.2 million which is certainly a huge embarrassment to the British Virgin Islands. Sorry, I am not a Lawyer.
  • Believe it or Not (31/05/2020, 20:07) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine the final payment was made just after this territory was destroyed by hurricane Irma. October 2017.
  • On another note. (31/05/2020, 20:10) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the 40 mil overrun on the Cay. Neil dont go down alone. Asking for a friend.
  • The TRUTH (31/05/2020, 20:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Knew the would make this bozo the fall guy. Study history.
  • It's about time (31/05/2020, 20:58) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's about time he and all the other get exposed. They have been getting away with to much wrong for far too long. I hope they get fined and sentenced. Also they need to keep the name of the hospital as peebles Hospital for now and name it after someone who really deserves that honor.
  • Hmm (31/05/2020, 21:06) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    The whole ndp need locking up. They all had to know!
    • for real (01/06/2020, 08:07) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      How would Neil be spending out all this money without directives. I hope he has paper trial on those instructions.
  • all I would say (31/05/2020, 22:12) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    tell Mr Marlon to go answer the questions on the NDP corruption. If we had this $7.2 M to use, we would not have needed the social security funds!!!!! the NDP is bad news bad bad news.. Never should we allow them to govern this country!!! NOT EVER
  • for sure (01/06/2020, 00:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    A lot of people is not getting a good night’s sleep wondering if the FEDS is going to step in.
  • JA (01/06/2020, 06:10) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Never would of happened if allen wheatley was the fs.
    • @## (01/06/2020, 10:41) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      @JA Mr. Allen Wheatley would have done a much better job for sure. Everything changed since him. And not for the better. This would have never happened under his watch.
  • In Neils Defence (01/06/2020, 06:24) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    Neil is a good and competent public servant who has sacrificed much for this Country. You has as lot of integrity and would never wilfully put this country monies at risk. He had to be convicted of the need to spend this money outside the schedule. Im waiting for his side.
  • Mozart. (01/06/2020, 07:38) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The people of the Vi are known to be naive. Look how easy and comfrtable they have allowed themselves to become minorities in their country.
    Where were the lawyers for the Gov...Whst law firm is pursuing these fraudsters-?
  • @## (01/06/2020, 08:11) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Neil need to be sent home without pay from his current job position! We are tired of these bull sh_t being placed under a rug and forgotten.
    If more than 1 person don't get lockup for this sh_t, I will b convince that all politicians are the same, and they have dirt on each other. And if that is the case, not another one will get my vote.

    We all need to hear from Marlon on this one. I give him a few days. If he doesn't come 2 the people on this , we need 2 cut his ass off from listening 2 him. This happened under his party. U can't make this sh_t up. Talk that. SMFH
  • Disinterested (01/06/2020, 08:48) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bunch of inept, incompetent nincompoops! It is that they were deliberate in the alleged poor performance or they were in over their heads. Either way, they embarrassed and brought shame on the territory, its people, the institutions of higher learning they attended (need to be relieved of any financial certifications attended), regional people, themselves........etc. Were they as “Less” as they appear or they tried to take taxpayers for a wild ride?

    Every contracts have terms and conditions that both parties have to follow unless they bi-laterally amended. These terms and conditions are typically in writing; only the simplest contracts are verbal. The contract terms and condition should have been followed, despite its poor structure and gross one-sidedness.

    Ok. Neil Smith, FS at the time, provided poor advice. However, his input was only advisory unless he took action for his personal benefit. The final decision and ultimate responsibility was with the MoF. True, the FS was hired for his experience in public affairs, leadership and management and more importantly for his technical skills in financial management to advise the MoF. Nonetheless, the final call was the MoF with the buck stopping with him.
  • foxy (01/06/2020, 09:57) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ndp really expect the people to trust them with the purse again. Dr Orlando well know somebody need jail time and th opposition leader is very disgraceful thinking he can he can avoid this jail work . The sad part is BVI people forgetful. Ndp is not BVI hope. Be careful of the opposition leader is all I have to say. Like this BVI airways disgrace, he cannot be trusted.
  • privy council (01/06/2020, 11:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets sign a petition so we can all blame the Governor for our continued dirty corruption in high places,in the bvi. whenever there is money entrusted to these people, blame the Governor for this corruption as well.Dont blame our people for teefing feefing ,blame the uk?
  • folks (01/06/2020, 12:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We know what we think we know.
    The trap being set will trap.
    The collective Spirits of the ancestors are on it.
    Sit tight!
  • money money money (01/06/2020, 23:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    and we all wonder why uk call us financially irrisponsible. where were the checks and balances to stop this happening. where was the atourney general to say the contract is weak and doesnt protect our investement.
    lost 7.2mil bvia...1.2 mil much at tortola pier park. ??
    how can we have a financial secretary in such a position of power to be able to send out wires like this outside of contractural obligations...who doesnt have proper accounting is just plain wrong. NDP should be ashamed...and now UK taring VIP with the same should not shoulder this alone...the biggers must have been the ones pushing the couldnt have done this without clear instruction...surely not
  • karma (02/06/2020, 06:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let me hear Mr, Benet Smith talk now after he made comments that the the Dagou boy involved in looting after Hurricane Irma should be shot.. Not happy about the situation but it just goes to show everyone makes mistakes. Now Mr Smith if he needed to be shot for $500 TV. what punishment needs to be handed down to your son?
    • @karma (02/06/2020, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Dagou was committing a crime and shooting was warranted. Simple
      Assuming your reading skills goes as far as comprehension, what stated and definitive crime has Neil committed?
      Neil and the rest of this outstanding family in the VI,will continue to be at the pinnacle as a result of their sincere contrbutions,monetarily and otherwise, and be protected by the collective Spirits of the ancestors,while others like yourself will remain below. Benet Smith,his descendants and others of this outstanding family of Smiths, will continue,as always,to boost the existence,past and present of these islands as well as abroad. So u go siddung and behave yourself. They got this. You gots n o t h i ng.
  • wooow oh boy (03/06/2020, 19:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what goes around comes back around.

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