Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie is suggesting that the National Democratic Party government is taking from recovery funds to finance their next election campaign.
Fahie told BVI News that Premier Dr D Orlando Smith’s recent approval of $15 million to assist residents whose homes were affected by the September 2017 hurricanes is a glaring example.
According to Fahie, the monies were taken from the $65 million Caribbean Development Bank loan.
“That tells me that the money is not narrowed down [and] that all kinds of adjustments can be made.”
“So, one wonders now if these loans are being had to help us recover or are more used to help finance campaigns through very creative ways [and] calling them loans,” Fahie said.
The territory’s general election usually happens every four years and the last election was held in June 2015.
Campaign financing talk not too early?
Asked if talk of election campaign financing isn’t farfetched and too soon, Fahie said no.
He said: “Those kinds of monies take a while to access so, by the time they are accessed, it is closer to the election.”
The Opposition Leader further claimed that the public is not absolutely sure whether the full $15 million will go towards home repairs.
Nearly five months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a considerable number of persons are still living in shelters, under makeshift roofs, and in less-than-desirable living conditions.
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