Minister of Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn has been once against accused of being a bully and using distraction tactics to go after Opposition Leader Hon. Andrew Fahie.
“On Thursday the NDP Government through their Minister of Education, announced that he has instructed his Permanent Secretary to issue formal instructions to the Auditor General to conduct an audit of a consultancy contract awarded during my tenure, some six years ago, as Minister of Education,” Fahie said in a statement.
“First and foremost, I can assure the public that this latest attempt will conclude with the same result as when you the public go to any government Ministry, Department or the Treasury seeking payment for work done under this government---NOTHING THERE!!!"
He said that he can further assure the public that anything that was done during my tenure can and will stand the test of time.
“This then is not my concern. My concern is that the Minister, after six years in office, seems unaware that neither the Auditor General, the Public Accounts Committee nor any Constitutional Body can be directed by him as Minister and indeed not by a Civil Servant. His attempt to derogate the professionalism of the Civil Service is truly unforgiving. While the Minister’s ignorance is self-revealing, I am convinced that senior civil servants are aware of their authority or lack thereof.”
He said that, the question therefor is; what is the motivation of this Bully Minister and this Bully Government? After six consecutive years in Governance the Premier and Minister of Finance will best be directed by his Minister of Education to do to complete and deliver to the House of Assembly the Constitutionally mandated ten years of audited financial statements.
Also, to allow the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands to seek from the Courts a clear definition and a clear guide of what constitutes Conflict of Interest and what contracts must be presented to the House of Assembly for approval by
Ministers and all Assembly members; to advise that a Commission of Inquiry into the thirty million dollars of unauthorized expenditure on the Pier Park Project would be in the best interest of the territory.
Further, to attempt to adhere to the provisions of the Protocol for Effective Financial Management and thereby cease and desist the development of major capital projects without tender and without transparency and accountability.
Meanwhile, Fahie said, the latter issues are Constitutional and the continued violation of these has placed us directly in the path of direct British sanctions and eventual intervention.
“The Premier and his Bully Government will have to appreciate that these distraction tactics including attempts to try to intimidate, discredit, as well as to instill fear will not work because GOD did not give me nor you the people of the Virgin Islands a spirit of fear.”
He added, “Crime is now a challenge. The economy is not robust. There is no accountability. There is no transparency.”
- Source: BVIHotpress.com