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Hon Andrew A. Fahie remains D1 Rep

- Premier Wheatley says Governor has power to strip Hon Fahie of title
Although stripped of the positions of Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie constitutionally still holds the title of Representative for the First Electoral District. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance in the newly sworn in National Unity Government, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has confirmed that Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) still holds his elected post. Photo: GIS
Premier and Minister of Finance in the newly sworn in National Unity Government, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has confirmed that Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) still holds his elected post. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Although stripped of the positions of Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie constitutionally is still the Representative for the First Electoral District, a title he has held since he was first elected in 1999.

Hon Fahie, while Premier of the VI and on an overseas engagement on behalf of the Territory, was arrested, along with Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard, by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on April 28, 2022.

The former Premier, who has won in the First District for six consecutive elections, remains incarcerated at a detention facility in Miami, awaiting bail and trial.

Asked about Hon Fahie’s status as Representative for the First District at a press conference on May 13, 2022, the Premier and Minister of Finance in the newly sworn in National Unity Government, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), confirmed that Hon Fahie still holds his elected post.

‘That's something for the Governor’- Premier Wheatley

Premier Wheatley explained that it is for the sitting Governor to strip Hon Fahie of his elected representative status.

"That's something for the Governor. If you look in the constitution you will see how a member of the House of Assembly (HoA) can be removed. It’s very clear there, a member can resign, if a member misses three sittings he can be removed and there are some other conditions, of course if they are declared insane or something like that but we have to look clearly in the constitution to see the conditions upon which you can be removed."

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in a statement on May 2, 2022, said “Like all persons charged with a criminal offense, Andrew Fahie is entitled to the presumption of innocence, procedural fairness, and a free and affair trial within a reasonable time.”

58 Responses to “Hon Andrew A. Fahie remains D1 Rep”

  • SAME THING (15/05/2022, 16:52) Like (23) Dislike (8) Reply
    • Greg (16/05/2022, 00:37) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ SAME THING. Use your brain. This is not about personal friendship anymore. This is about what is best for the entire BVI. If he tries to stick by his friends, which they probably all are, then he cannot clean out the bad. This is a tough one for him because this is a small place where everyone knows each other, but scrap that. He has to prove himself as being the new leader and that means getting rid of friends and relatives too. Give the man a chance. I would like for you all to do better.
  • stop (15/05/2022, 17:04) Like (120) Dislike (16) Reply
    Stop this Hon Fahie, he is not honourable he is a disgrace
  • ??? (15/05/2022, 17:10) Like (69) Dislike (35) Reply
    Why would the Governor have the say in that? There should be a special election held within that District. Fahie automatically lost the confidence and trust of 1st District Constituents after being arrested as a Felon. Let the People select their choosen Representative.
    • @??? (15/05/2022, 18:54) Like (81) Dislike (7) Reply
      Don't be so quick to say that. Have some down that side of the island who really believe in him. If you hear them speak.. even though they read that affidavit or hear others speak about it, all them saying is that he was set up. Yes he was a set up but he whole heartedly took the bait. No one forced him. He allowed GREED to over shadow all his doubts and loyalty to the people.
      • @??? (16/05/2022, 00:47) Like (20) Dislike (18) Reply
        You got to understand that most people here in the BVI is ignorant and dumb to the core and there is no help for the ignorance. You can drag some of these people by the scruff of their necks and smash their faces in a pile of hog poop and they will argue that it is not hog poop. That is how dumb, stupid and ignorant some of them truly are. They can’t live or survive outside the bush and the bush mentality.
        • oh really (16/05/2022, 09:00) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
          Most people here are ignorant and dumb? Your comments say a lot about you. The reason many people flocked to these islands ain’t because of the bush mentality and how dumb and ignorant the people are. Name a date and place where your hateful allegations can be debated in public for all to hear and see you.
          • @Oh Really (16/05/2022, 13:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
            If the cap fits, then darling, wear it well. They flock to the Islands because of the GOOD OLE AMERICAN DOLLAR.
            • Just wondering (16/05/2022, 16:22) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
              So why not go to America for the AMERICAN DOLLAR?
              • @Just wondering (16/05/2022, 16:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
       can't be serious with that question right cause if you are then you got to be one of the ignorant & dumb ppl @??? mentioned in their comments. If it was so easy for them to get to the states as it is to get here you really believe they would be here? Strups pls to stop showing your slowness
            • stupps (16/05/2022, 18:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
              Cap fits - stupps. a- nonsense. Let’s debate in public I say. Your hate has you blinded.
      • tola (16/05/2022, 08:42) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        By his own admission on taped conversations he convicted himself even before trial . Wishful thinking by friends or family must be mindful of his own self incriminating.
    • ??? (16/05/2022, 11:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You’ll find out. Corruption everywhere?????
  • 1st district original (15/05/2022, 19:10) Like (52) Dislike (1) Reply
    Early in his administration he blatantly showed me that he was NOT my representative. He was NOT my primer!
  • I’m from District 1 (15/05/2022, 19:17) Like (47) Dislike (3) Reply
    As far as I am concerned, Andrew has disgraced and shame everyone. He sold each and everyone of us for FOURTEEN DOLLARS AND THIRTY CENTS EACH. HE WAS SLAVING ALL OF US OUT AND YET SOME OF YOU SLOW RETARD DUMD IGNORANT BUSH PEOPLE IS STILL DEFENDING HIS DIRTY A..
  • look (15/05/2022, 19:23) Like (51) Dislike (8) Reply
    You all can get mad, I wish and hope the UK take over for a while. Shut y’’all down.
    • @Look (16/05/2022, 07:44) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      They better brace themselves. No matter how many protesters and marchers, they can and have the rights to protest and march. But the UK is going to take over. Deal with it because we did it to ourselves. We have to be held accountable for our actions, every last one of us. The man said he was doing this for 20 years. The crazy part is he was elected to be leader. Go figure.
  • Webster (15/05/2022, 19:25) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    But didn’t the new Premier tell us that Hon. Carvin Malone is now representing the 1st District?
    • HAHA (15/05/2022, 22:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sowande can’t appoint anyone as a district rep. Any at large rep can adopt the 1st district but they won’t officially be the representative as only an election can decide that.
    • tola (16/05/2022, 08:45) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Please read carefully. He said as the large representative Hon Malone will be representing district 1 people. Nothing is wrong with that. The at large Representative represents everyone politically.
    • john John (16/05/2022, 17:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let me tell you all something. The government can't jump up and throw who they want on us. We are intelligent enough to decide who the he'll we want to represent us.
      Next thing we know the smokey incinerator move closer down on us.
      That man does not care about us, he was hoping to hold /get the premiership.Wheatley is fooling us saying how he accept the change for the love of this country. That's a blatant lie. More to come.
  • district 1 (15/05/2022, 19:48) Like (23) Dislike (46) Reply
    To this date no one have ever heard Andrew's side
    • Tola Man (16/05/2022, 00:28) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
      Didn’t he say his side already? Or you didn't read it? He said he been doing it for 20 plus years, he brings guns in, man go read. What side u talking bout mi son. Den ho Miami go record him
    • Madussa (16/05/2022, 00:44) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ district 1. Oh yes we did, when he said on tape he wants to touch the money. Open your eyes and just admit it, Andrew took the bait out of GREED! He put himself in this situation by joining forces with the other crooks.
    • @district 1 (16/05/2022, 07:57) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Are you serious, what side you want to hear. He is in prison. What about that you dont understand. He will get a chance to tell a judge his side.
    • @ district 1 (16/05/2022, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      can you explain what you mean: from the transcripts some have an idea

      rightfully speaking anyone is innocent until proven guilty(understand your stance on the matter
    • District #1 (16/05/2022, 11:56) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      District 1 … Wonder what’s been going on in district 1. Be careful. Do you think the UK may have lots of information about District 1? They don’t ask. They use evidence. Learn.
  • lol (15/05/2022, 20:00) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
    All will be stripped when the house is dissolved. What we have now is half a dozen or six of the other.
  • D1 (15/05/2022, 20:08) Like (35) Dislike (4) Reply
    Still our REP? Honorable? He ain’t no REP OF MINE. The Feds can do whatever they want with him, I could care less. He sold us out, he betrayed us when he sold us out to the highest bidder so he and mouse face could live happily ever. Mannnn, screw them both. Hope when he finish serving his time, him and mouse face go live somewhere in EXILE. they are no longer welcome back here.
  • African Movie (15/05/2022, 20:28) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    The BVI remind me of an African Movie I was watching, Obeah and corruption wrecking the Palace. .Do we have anyone in the BVI who shoot movies,? this is the perfect skit. ""Obeah and corruption rock the Little Island Kingdom""......Yeah, epic..
    • WOW (16/05/2022, 11:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Obeah is the missing element. This is more than a simple script of guns and drugs.

      If possible the Government should apply for the rights to this fiasco and commission the movie & books or sell the rights.

      Nature's Big Secret: The trilogy, based on a true story.
      1. BVI Love a Tale of Two faces, 2. Clowns in Paradise, 3. The Brown Bomber
      Horror or comedy, director's choice.
  • Well Well (15/05/2022, 20:48) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well, I hope that he will not be collecting any salary for this. And also who pays the bills that were left behind?
  • mugshot (15/05/2022, 21:28) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's Time For That Mugshots Photo, With The # # 000--1
  • FIRE (15/05/2022, 21:31) Like (11) Dislike (62) Reply
    When the Hon Fahie walks free I want to hear y'all voices. Busy going off of a one sided story.
    • @FIRE (15/05/2022, 23:02) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
      Walk free where? And guess what, if he happen to walk free, ain’t a damnnnn thing he can do to anyone of us.America owns him now, they tell him when to eat, sleep and brush his teeth. He was the one that went on American soil and broke the law.
    • @FIRE (16/05/2022, 05:34) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
      If he walks free from those charges bought by the Federal Government due to a DEA undercover sting he has been talking and I don't think he will be coming back here.
      That is highly unlikely though as I think the DEA have got who they want... I can't see them giving him a get out of jail free deal unless he can give them someone more high profile than him.
    • @fire huummmm (16/05/2022, 12:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don’t sweat, but NOPE
  • Dancing with the Stars (15/05/2022, 23:26) Like (7) Dislike (18) Reply
    The Governor has no jurisdiction over District one representation. Unless the District representative resigns or is convicted in the court or become incapacitated or dies, he or she is still the elected representative. To this end all the clamor and speculations are futile. it is rather unfortunate that we have arrived at this critical juncture of our political development.

    Let us don't be fooled by what transpired in recent days. There has been a plan to destabilize the Territory for many years and it was a well orchestrated plan and our former Premier fell into the trap. I am of the opinion that his security apparatus failed him because these so call operatives should not have gotten even close to the former Premier. They should have intercepted anyone who tried to get close to him. That would not have happened to any Cuban leader. The former Premier could have been killed because of the negligence of his security. In the future there should be measures in place to avoid future incidence of that nature.
  • DGaFOG (15/05/2022, 23:52) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Welcome to natures little secret the black Trump
    • @DGaFog (16/05/2022, 12:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Deeper and deeper, goes the display of ignorant, stupid, illiterate
  • DGAF (15/05/2022, 23:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
  • tolaman (16/05/2022, 00:35) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Free!!!!!! ????
    What u smoking mi boy? A no so free work under US law, you bail he? So he no guilty after taking some 20k cash in tola from undercover DEA in tola. U must be stupidity
  • Final Analysis (16/05/2022, 04:51) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all like the Constitution so much but are only looking at it when it suits you. Constitutionally Fahie is still the D 1 Representative whether you or I like it. If you read the article it pointed out the grounds on which a Representative could be deemed unfit and to be removed from Office. His alleged crimes placed him in one of these category. The next move is to play it out constitutionally so as to avoid any future potential legal challenge.. Respect the Constitution don't butcher it.
  • Ridiculous (16/05/2022, 06:46) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    On this basis, AF would be D1 representative if he was in a coma following a serious accident.
  • Not good vibes (16/05/2022, 07:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Heard Showada doing three sitting to get him out
  • no brain (16/05/2022, 07:47) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    It as nothing to do with politic,it,s gansterism
  • My My (16/05/2022, 08:26) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    You tell me that this man done such a harm to this place and yet still he is not wroñg come on my peòple open your eyes let us do this for the the better of our country the place we call nature's little cerect
  • TG (16/05/2022, 08:31) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    People learn by there mistakes but to me that is no mistake that is a willfully act
  • bvi (16/05/2022, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
  • poop (16/05/2022, 11:08) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
    This whole thing is questionable. Where are the hezbolaz in the BVI who it is claimed that AF dealt with and how come they are not in jail too? Don't tell me that Uk love us so much but they leave the hezbolaz to continue trading guns and narcotics in the BVI. Any how y'all say the BVI people are ignorant and stupid so they will believe any kind a poop you rub their faces in.
    • @Poop (16/05/2022, 12:30) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
      Well? Do you think you know with the limited information and no research that you have? One thing at a time. BVI GET THAT!!!!!!!
  • CB4ever (16/05/2022, 13:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What are the guidelines for a district rep to be removed from their seat other than being voted out? Does the district seat carry more weight than his position as premier and leader of the Virgin Islands ???????? party?? As I understand it, he is no longer the premier, a position that he received because 1) he was the leader of the VI Party and 2) He was voted in by the 1st district. By virtue that he was removed from the premier-ship and leader of the VI Party, how could his position as district rep be maintained??? Please make it make sense. Is he not an absentee rep? How long are we to remain in limbo? Did not the 1st district vote for 4 at-large candidates and do they no represent ALL of the 9 districts? Why haven’t the 4 at-large reps and the new premier and the AG and Governor come to the 1st district to have a meeting with us to discuss a way forward??? Y’all acting like NDP after Irma… hadn’t heard from them for DAYS!!!! and Gus had to light a fire ???? under them. Mark Vanterpool quit his job before he was sworn in… another set of confusion where y’all who we have elected to work and run the country doing a set of nonsense . This is the reason we have a constitution and companies have policies and procedures. When things go left, you pull out your policy (constitution) and do what’s REQUIRED!! Y’all do the peoples work and stop getting emotional about who are friends, family, relatives, in laws and outlaws. Do yuh wuk!!!!
  • @wow (16/05/2022, 13:56) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I plan to write a book on this mess.
  • SCB (16/05/2022, 23:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Remember the Arab dude they found hog tied...what happened to the body.

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