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Hon Marlon A. Penn denounces PAC cruise pier report

-said aim of the committee was to derail the project
Representative for the Eighth District and member of the Public Accounts Committee from the Government side Hon Marlon A. Penn on Wednesday denounced the PAC’s final report on the cruise pier project. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Eighth District and member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) from the Government side Hon Marlon A. Penn on Wednesday July 23, 2014 denounced the PAC’s final report on the cruise pier project.

“Madam Speaker I want to say from the onset that I in no way support this report from the PAC. I have a list of concerns and reasons why I do not support this report Madam Speaker,” said Penn.

Penn was speaking on Wednesday July 23, 2014 during the Eighth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly while contributing to the debate on the PAC's final report on the cruise pier project.

He said that during the first meeting of the PAC to address the cruise pier project there was a call for a commission of inquiry just 30 minutes into the meeting. Penn is of the view that the aim of the committee was to see that a commission of inquiry is put in place despite the findings of the committee from its interviews.

Penn was appalled that the interim report of the PAC on the project found its way to all of the online media houses.

“Madam Speaker I am left to conclude one thing, from the onset of this exercise there has been one objective…to derail this project in a personal vendetta and destruction of character of some individuals surrounding this project,” said Penn.

“You had a 30 minute discussion with one individual and you want a commission of inquiry?” he asked.

“Out the gate Madam Speaker the committee already showed its intent as it relates to this project,” he said.

The PAC in its report revealed the breaking of laws of the Virgin Islands, stating on page 31, 1 in the summary that “the government spent two years and countless resources engaging processes that were contrary to Public Financial Management Regulations, in contravention of the BVI Ports Authority Act, non-transparent and untenable.”

The PAC in its report also blasted the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool for what it described as his “failure to confer with the Authority on the Cruise Ship Port Project”…as a result this “led to a costly redesign for the Government and the Authority in terms of time and resources.”

16 Responses to “Hon Marlon A. Penn denounces PAC cruise pier report ”

  • Crap (25/07/2014, 16:35) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Marlone go sit down boss with the hogwash given to you to read
  • DON Q (25/07/2014, 20:12) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Still no one in jail
  • fish (25/07/2014, 20:14) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good try malone
    • one eye roaster (26/07/2014, 08:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      for real tis Idiot! He is merely parroting gover park's spin
  • ooooo (25/07/2014, 22:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    he just like the rest ah dem...them all need going to the laundry
  • shaw (25/07/2014, 23:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    with all the rumors, behaviors, decisions and lack of procedures attached to this project, it is an obvious call for a commission of inquiry. Stating it first before the formality of a PAC report I don't see as a violation as long as the report supports those comments. There is too much substantiated fact based on the Audit (which you cannot dismiss as bias) for the whole PAC to be thrown out. There are still too many valid questions.
  • simpson (26/07/2014, 07:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How can responsible men agree to schemes to embarrass our country?
  • qc (26/07/2014, 08:01) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unless some sort of Noah's Ark appears by the seaside and sails off to a safe haven, the NDP are doomed next elections

  • Blind faith (26/07/2014, 08:18) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Marlon why you making yourself look stupid by defending this corrupt, controversial project? You said you see Minister on Tv from Sunday to Sunday even when he should be resting, explaining the benefits of this project. Benefits to who? Well no body is buying his BS. You Marlon don't believe what Mark is saying. This project is full of holes. It is a strainer where our millions of dollars going to seep through and there will be no benefit to the people.
  • ?? (26/07/2014, 09:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo sure them aint using this lil boy? Dania would've never done that!
  • 8th district (26/07/2014, 17:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I voted for Mr. Penn last time and was going to do so again but he has lost all credibility on his stands on this...NEVER MY VOTE AGAIN NEVER
    • @8th district (26/07/2014, 22:46) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      Go back under your rock...he will win without your vote anyways.
      • 8th District #2 (27/07/2014, 10:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        he will lose with the rest of us. what he did is not a surprise. smile in your face, stab you in the back. do we have a witness?
  • Corrupt (27/07/2014, 04:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If these young people cannot stand up for honesty they should not go in politics to r,epresent people. Simply because you belong to or associate with a party does not mean you must help to cover corruption. Let your conscience be your guide. Speak the truth. The statements made by the two backbenchers were not their own. One can tell from the way they were written Remember Virgin Isanders are not fools. Tell the truth.
  • District 8 (27/07/2014, 19:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boss not my vote again. Youu loose all vote in my house. Try come my door. Thst project corrupt you know that.
  • apple pie (28/07/2014, 00:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well you don't say. No wonder drought dey pon the land ndp taking wrong and trying to make right

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