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Hon Fraser fires back; @ attempts to unseat him as Opp. Leader

- said press release by VIP on reasons to make Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) the Opposition Leader riddled with falsehoods
Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA as broken his silence on the saga over the Opposition Leader's post. Photo: VINO/File
According to Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), the press release by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) President Dr Natalio D. Wheatley (right) on reasons to make Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, the Opposition Leader is riddled with falsehoods. Photo: GIS/Facebook
According to Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), the press release by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) President Dr Natalio D. Wheatley (right) on reasons to make Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, the Opposition Leader is riddled with falsehoods. Photo: GIS/Facebook
The press release by Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) in response to the statement by the Virgin Islands Party today, January 18, 2017. Photo: VINO
The press release by Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) in response to the statement by the Virgin Islands Party today, January 18, 2017. Photo: VINO
The statement by President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Dr Natalio D. Wheatley. Photo: VINO
The statement by President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Dr Natalio D. Wheatley. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A day after telling this news site that he would not comment on internal party issues when he was asked about the alleged attempts to have him replaced as Leader of the Opposition, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has now broken his silence on the ongoing saga, which has already split the Virgin Islands Party (VIP).

It was yesterday, January 17, 2017 that this news site first and accurately reported that Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) had a renewed interest in becoming Leader of the Opposition, even after Governor John S. Duncan OBE had chosen Hon Fraser for the post following the 2015 General Elections.

Following our story, the Virgin Islands Party, through its President Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru, responded with a letter to the media, in which he stated that the Virgin Islands Party at its Executive Members elections in November 2016 had voted for a new Opposition Leader when they elected Hon Fahie as the new Chairman.

Dr Wheatley, in his statement, said the Constitution of the VIP makes it clear that the Chairman of the party shall be the Titular Head of the Party and will lead the Party within the House of Assembly.

“This position was confirmed by His Excellency the Governor who in his pronouncement in 2015, amongst other considerations, relied on the seniority of the post of Party Chairman to determine the holder of the post of Opposition Leader. Despite Honorable Fahie’s stated discomfort with the perception of “fighting for power,” I, as President of the party, insisted that we abide by the statutes of our Constitution, and I received the backing of the Executive Committee Administrative Arm of the party. Party members placing their individual desires above the needs of the party must never be a condition for [dis]unity and sets a dangerous precedent,” Mr Wheatley added.

Falsehoods & presumptions

Hon Fraser, in his statement to the press today, January 18, 2017 said he decided to end his silence after seeing a press release by the VIP that was riddled with falsehoods and fraught with presumptions.

“First: To state that “the Constitution of the VIP makes it clear that the Chairman of the party shall be the Titular Head of the Party and will lead the party within the House of Assembly”, is inaccurate.  The VIP Constitution instead states, -Chairman of the Party (Will be the titular head/political leader of the Party and serve as Chief Minister, if so elected to the Legislative Council-.  It does not presume a post while in the Opposition.  And besides, where was this logic when in June of 2015 after the General Election the Party’s position was the exact opposite.”

“Second: To state, “as far as the party is concerned, the decision on who would lead the Opposition or become Premier was made on November 30th 2016”, shows a severe lack of depth in the Virgin Islands Parliamentary Democracy. A Party does not decide who is or who isn't the Premier or the Leader of the Opposition, Elected Members do. That same flawed thought resulted in shameful embarrassment coming out of the General Elections of June 2015,” Hon Fraser stated.

‘Governor has no role to play in this matter’

Meanwhile, it was reported by this news site that Hon Fahie has made his intentions to become Opposition Leader known to Governor John S. Duncan OBE as well as Hon Fraser.

Firstly, in coordination with the President of the VIP, a letter was written and signed by Dr Wheatley to Governor Duncan dated December 9, 2016 giving him the new executive officers of the VIP and advising the Governor to use the information to “assist in the administration of relevant onuses, inclusive of appointments.”

But according to Hon Fraser, petitioning a Governor to remove and replace a sitting Leader of the Opposition by a political party has no basis in the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007. 

“The only provision that is Constitutionally within the Governor’s remit is Section 70 (2) (a) The Governor shall appoint as Leader of the Opposition, a member of the House of Assembly recommended by a majority of the elected members of the House who are members of any opposition party whose numerical strength in the House is greater than that of any other opposition party. Note: “opposition party” means a group of members of the House of Assembly in opposition to the Government who are prepared to support one of their number as their leader.”

Hon Fraser added that the Governor has no role to play in the matter, and “he know that I know that. It is ludicrous for anyone to expect the Governor to be guided by a local party’s internal politics.”

Delegates were warned

The Opposition Leader also made it known that he had warned delegates at the time of Elections to the VIP Executive on November 30, 2016, to make winning the next General Election their goal, rather than winning the Chairmanship.

“I further went on to tell them that, if they made the wrong choice for Chairman, the Party can fragment, thus diminishing any chance at a General Election victory. Well, my plea was not headed, and the Delegates did what they went to the Congress to do.”

The veteran legislator added that ever since the elections of November 30, 2016 he has watched from a distance, that very fragmentation he spoke of unfold, with charges of a rigged election, and a letter sent to the Governor seeking to have him replaced as Leader of the Opposition, in just 9 days after the New Chairman publicly stated that he was not going to pursue the Leadership of the Opposition.

“All this time I considered it destructive to the Party should I get involved.”

38 Responses to “Hon Fraser fires back; @ attempts to unseat him as Opp. Leader”

  • chad (18/01/2017, 16:26) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    These vip rattle snakes still trying to further overthrow fraser?
    • owl (18/01/2017, 16:57) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
      Who? carvin, andrew, maynard ,sharrie, all out, omar, sheep, zoe and the rest of those snakes in the grass?????
    • Smile (19/01/2017, 20:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The real question is, who will fall apart first, VIP or NDP?
      Even Betito's CCM looking good now.
      Who knows, perhaps that is where Sowande will end up next.
  • YO IS NO GOOD (18/01/2017, 16:29) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply


  • 2 corinthians 6:!& (18/01/2017, 16:33) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    "come out from among them" hon fraser and align yourself with some decent trust worthy people. Those current VIP people are no good. I just hope the BVI ain't so stupid to give them this country to run
    • teacher john (18/01/2017, 21:21) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      A new path is necessary; anything better than the present NDP and Fahie is desirable. Yet crafting a better space, a better society, seems so obscure and the despondency so pervasive
  • riggers (18/01/2017, 16:33) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    another cou de'tat again?
  • seekabay (18/01/2017, 16:36) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    The stone that the builder refuse will one day be the head corner stone
  • Who the Cap Fit (18/01/2017, 16:54) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Those same 2 fat boys who rigged the delegates list are hiding behind the curtain and pulling strings while shawonde doing the dirty work
    • Brainless men. (18/01/2017, 18:25) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      Look what Fahie and Swande has done. Put fuel in Frazer Empty tank. Breathe life into the dying monster.. Now it's more Chaos and confusion... Brainless men.. How can they lead?
    • Reply (18/01/2017, 19:30) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      The art of good leadership demands humility, self-criticism, and a very real and practical love of land and people.
      • pat (18/01/2017, 22:28) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
        fraser has always had a problem with that. He would have gone further if he would just stop whining,
        pointing fingers, bragging about himself and quit acting out. Saying that, Fahie should not have done a power grab,
        but had the patience to wait the remainder of Fraser's appointment before pushing himself around.
        I was so hopeful that VIP was headed in a good solid and smart direction. No more fighting please!
  • idk (18/01/2017, 17:04) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    Mr. 3rd district, have plenty SEATS for me please let 1st district be the premier aspirations for you my dear
  • ABC (18/01/2017, 17:13) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Fahie need to stop
  • facts man (18/01/2017, 18:04) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    Sowaoda killed ppa pep now its on to kill the vip sad day
    • --------------------- (18/01/2017, 19:42) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Mr. Governor has to decide and both Fs must be considered based on the merit of each case.
    • rush (18/01/2017, 21:55) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yea first timer come and destroy this thing but the good ppl of the third will fight hard on this one.
    • Boo (19/01/2017, 14:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol call him the political grim reaper! Come to cut down what is left of the VIP with is scythe! The guy has the "reverse midas touch" ! Everything political he touches withers and dies!
  • Boy From Long Bay (18/01/2017, 18:12) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    All the two F's have to do is Formed Vip2 and Vip3 because as I can remember Vip1 was laid to rest in May 1995..You cannot raise the dead let this Vip thing go the founding members are long gone Please Please , you too gentle need to create your own identity start you all own party and stop looking like Poppy Show all over the world..It do not look good for two men who say they want to lead the country..I can't see how can you all beat the NFP who is so fragmented with this kind of conduct , these days if you Fart to hard the news pick it up and run with it..
  • street reporter. (18/01/2017, 18:21) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Fuel on Fire. Frazer should have taken the high ground and let it be.. Be the bigger Man... Poor VIP. Them dead now.
    • Unfortunatley (19/01/2017, 10:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      They keep walking all over him. How much should he allow them to do before he stops them and bring some light to the public. We don't want any more sweet talkers leading government.
      • pat (19/01/2017, 11:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        nor do we want reactionary whiners who is so insecure all he does is complain. That is what got him in the first place.
        there is no maturity there. It's all about him.
  • Sawda (18/01/2017, 18:55) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    I don't care who they bring ,Action Man and Tall Ball Head, going to lim them down again and be careful them who Dea fighting for power wouldn't have no power at all..

  • Neither VIP/NDP (18/01/2017, 19:32) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    And Mr Andrew Fahie, in traditional street political combat style, took off with a vengeance after he won the Chairmanship SMH OMG
  • RealPol (18/01/2017, 19:36) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    We do not learn from the past. We wipe it out. So we are forever beginning anew.

    What a self-made handicap that Hon Fahie brought on himself and the VIP
  • See (18/01/2017, 20:58) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go ahead ... fight with each other and lose again . Morons
  • jj (18/01/2017, 21:10) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I presume this mental anguish and fight between Fraser and Fahie will persist until a new party is born
  • 16 year old (18/01/2017, 21:16) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do not know about you, but this place scares me to think of Andrew, kedrick, myron, Fraser, or mark as Premier
  • Charley Rose (18/01/2017, 22:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I amashamed at what hasbecome of the V.I.P. Where is the intellegence of the two senior members of the party. They have played into the hands of the N.D.P. for humiliation.
  • MASA (18/01/2017, 23:35) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who is the Mo Moo's of the week?? F & W they kill the party dead now..
  • Mistake after mistake (19/01/2017, 06:36) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    I knew this fight would exculate. None of them is WorthyThat's Why I was a voice for someone nww...Either Ms Romney or Mr Dawson Should have been the VIP chair person...I'm speaking as a leiy man with my opinion and preference, I have no knowledge of the Constitution. we keep making mistakes after mistakes. We are not learning....
  • Kate (19/01/2017, 11:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Fraser do not worry about any thing give the opposition to fahie let him see how it is do not stop and let him kill yuo for power you are above that the Lord is looking down and fahie time will come the lord does not like ugly sit still fraser and see what god has for yo you will have to be the same ons to save fahie do not frett up your self you will be around to smile at the calamity. I know you are a good man despite what is being done to you lean on God continue to pray and God will see you throug he shall make you to rise above yoye enimies. Fahie time longer than twine.

  • crystal ball (19/01/2017, 14:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    this move by Fahie will kill the VIP his VG and Aegarda trips yesterday did not help him

  • Stop It (19/01/2017, 15:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Mehboi (20/01/2017, 07:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am wondering if Fahie needs Fraser to run with him in 3rd District. Foyee, boy if I were Fraser I would retire from VIP and let you run the ship on the reef. I dont see Fraser being a second fiddler. The Leader of Opposition has nothing to do with party chairmanship. The Governor dont have time with this piss. The Constitution stated when the leader is chosen...after elections. It does not make provision for choosing a leader of Opposition each time a party has elections. What will LOO do for Andrew? You mean tis $3,000 addition on the paycheck got Andrew going in this direction? Ah sah. Party dead now.
  • New generation (20/01/2017, 18:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get rid of the old and in with the new. Lord we need a flood to wipe this island clean.

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