(Photo Credit: BVI Platinum News) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie fended off claims that his administration is actively involved in victimization by pointing to a plot by the Opposition to stall the Government's agenda.
“Members of the Opposition who don’t want to see this government get anything done…they are frightening off the public servants…holding conversations with other entities to try and make sure that we don’t get nothing done. I’m seeing it happening,” Hon. Fahie announced.
The Premier stated that he is getting tired of the situation, but is not ready to say all that he plans to.
“I ain't speak as much as I should as yet, because I’m waiting patiently; but my tolerance level almost up,” Hon. Fahie declared.
During the House of Assembly sitting on November 14, the Premier drew attention to scenarios that occurred during the previous administration that he implied were blatant cases of victimization.
“I don’t get involved in those things, I stay away from them,” the Premier stated.
The conversation about government taking actions that can be interpreted as victimization was raised during a press conference that was held on November 13 by members of the Opposition.
The Premier did not mention the press conference during his contribution to the debate of a Motion to appoint a Chairwoman to the BVI Electricity Board, but he did zoom on specific points that were clearly in response to issues raised during that press conference.
One such point was the Opposition’s announcement that there was an unprecedented level of victimization since this government took office. This statement does not seem to have sit well with the Premier as he declared in the House that he nor his government have not been involved in victimizing persons.
In tying all of his concerns about what was said together, Hon. Fahie declared: “They talk about accountability what about the many …contracts that were cancelled that I ain't talk about yet… with people holding the paperwork in their hands when they took office --- unceremoniously took it from them because they weren’t supporting them.”
Fahie stated, “They talking about victimization in government, in boards? I remember when I was over there toiling with the member for the Third, the first thing they do when they get in is get rid of the lady from Labour – gone; and she even couldn’t report because she was the head of Labour, so she couldn’t carry her case to a soul.”
The Premier echoed concerns about the Third District Representative, Hon. Julian Fraser being part of the press conference and listening to the National Democratic Party (NDP) speak about victimization. The Premier alleged that Hon. Fraser's wife was also victimized under the NDP.
“They talking about victimization in Boards of government -- as soon as they get in the Member for the Third wife, one of the strongest Account Generals we had --- gone. Treasury ain't catch itself since. I don’t know how the Member for the Third could sit down and stomach it,” Hon. Fahie stated.
Hon. Fahie also pointed to the situation surrounding the former President of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Dr. Karl Dawson who is now working in Anguilla.
“We have the President of a college up in Anguilla and they talking about victimization on boards. That is now a President in Anguilla for a college because he ran against them," Premier Fahie said.
He added, "Call it what they want…had to leave his wife here alone in a cold bed and go Anguilla to look for a job to be able to feed his family. When she want to see him now she gah go there, when he want to see her he has to come. Divided a family just for political victimization and now come and political grandstand.”
In further pointing fingers the Premier said: “I don’t give my wife no contract for consultancy – that’s unethical. I don’t put no brother or sister of mine --- put systems so they become millionaire that’s unethical.”