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Walwyn responds: ‘Fahie has tenuous relationship with truth’

Minister of Education Myron Walwyn. File photo

Education Minister Myron Walwyn has labelled Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie as a dishonest politician who has used ‘school children’ to score political points.

“It’s unfortunate that after all these years Honourable Fahie still has a tenuous relationship with the truth,” the minister said.

Walwyn was responding to Fahie’s recent statement that he (Walwyn) broke the law by signing fake contracts to repair Leonora Delville Primary School.

Walwyn had signed a contract to repair the school in December and signed a similar contract two months later.

Fahie claimed Walwyn signed the first contract to repair to school though knowing government was broke.

CDB mixup

Walwyn said Fahie’s statements are misleading.

He explained that the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) provided loans for post-hurricane cleanup efforts. But, by the time the money was made available in December, his ministry had already cleaned up and reopened all schools.

As a result, the Education Ministry had to seek permission from the CDB to ‘repurpose’ the funds for repairs instead of cleanup, Walwyn said.

“We signed the first set of contracts in December in anticipation of the repurposing of the loan happening so that we could get the contractors moving by getting their workers together and applying for their certificates of good standing. And, of course, it was very difficult at that time to get contractors. So, we didn’t want it to get tied up in the private sector and when we needed them we couldn’t get them,” Walwyn explained.

He added: “By the end of December, the financial year rolled over and so we had to redo the contracts again with the very same contractors that we had engaged before. So it was never a case where money was an issue at all.”

Where’re the volunteers Fahie promised?

Walwyn then challenged the Opposition Leader on a claim that he (Fahie) had contractors or volunteers available to assist with repairs at the aforementioned primary school.

The Education Minister said he engaged Fahie to provide these volunteers but the Opposition Leader never did.

“I have made numerous requests to him (Fahie) asking about the people who had written to him. Where are the people you are talking about? Up to now he has not presented one person but now he wants to use an opportunity to gain cheap political points on the backs of the children,” Walwyn said.

Fahie: Walwyn signed fake contracts, breaks law

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  1. SMH says:

    F— has no shame at all! Keep working for the people Walwyn, we will reward you once again handsomely at the polls!

  2. well sah says:

    Tis ting to talk!

  3. .... says:

    If we can’t trust F— to tell us the truth in his capacity as l— of the O——-, how will we be able to trust him if he becomes Premier? We will be trading silence for lies!

    • @.... says:

      This would make sense if what Myron is saying is true but all involved know that it is n—. Therefore Fahie is being truthful.

  4. Okay... says:

    Myron go sit town where are the 1.6m wall money?

  5. Sam the man says:

    And we wonder why the BVI lags behind in terms of focussing on recovery! When all the politicians spend most of their time arguing,complaining,moaning and disrespecting each other ! The focus should be on making a positive difference not political point scoring – the No Direction Party is quite frankly a joke and n— of their elected members are for the people they represent – just themselves and making them look good!

  6. FIRST DISTRICT says:

    As a resident of the First District I am clear that the M——– is not being forthright. The community wanted to fix the two schools in the area. The M———— played too many political games.

  7. Parent says:

    Mr. Walwyn stop the games. You promised the children in December 2017 that the school would have been ready by January 2018. You did this knowing full well that this wasn’t possible.

  8. My take says:

    Look who’s talking about being dishonest. A man with a $1.6 mill wall that really shouldn’t have been more than $500,000.

  9. Lordie says:

    —- is worst than a nagging woman so that make h– a wuss”woos.”

  10. Political Observer (PO) says:

    It is a good best management practice for government not to exercise the contract and bidding community . A contract should not be advertised/negotiated unless the funding has already been secured to award the contract. Typically, funding for recurring expenses must be expense before the end of fiscal or calendar year. Nonetheless, a contract executed before the end of a fiscal/calendar year is an expenditure before the end of the year. On the other hand, construction and other capital projects are multi-year contracts that can crossed fiscal/calendar years. The bottom line is that there should be need for a contract and that funding is available and secured before hand to award a contract.

    Moreover, since MEC funds were used to fund cleanup, why can’t CDB loan fund should be used to reimburse the MEC fund. Why does the CDB funding has to be repurpose? It seems as if the purpose for funds has not changed, did it?

  11. Hold on says:

    Something doesn’t add up with what Myron is saying. If the contracts were signed in 2017 then why wasn’t the works done? Why was the same contracts resigned in February 2018? Something does not add up. It is clear who is not being honest and it isn’t Fahie.

  12. Jane says:

    people in the business community have offered financial donations to many of the damaged schools but the principals cannot take the money because it would make the government look bad.

  13. POLITICIANS says:

    TO THE POLITICIANS IN TORTOLA, I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU GUYS. IT DOESNT MATTER WHICH PARTY IS ELECTED. THE HARDEST JOB IN TORTOLA IS TO PLEASE THEM SET OF UNGRATEFUL SMALL MINDED TWO FACED PEOPLE ON TORTOLA. I COULD CALL THEM SO MUCH MORE. IVE NEVER IN MY LIFE MET PEOPLE LIKE THEM WHO ARE NEVER SATISFIED. TALK TO YOU IN YOUR FACE AND STAB YOU IN YOU BACK. THEY LIVE FOR NOW, NOT FOR THE FUTURE. THEY LIKE WHO CAN DO FOR THEM AT THE TIME. THE MINUTE YOU TELL THEM NO …. THEY SAY YOUR NO GOOD. I WISH YOU GUYS ALL THE BEST!!!! NOTHING BUT STRESS WITH THEM.

    • @politicians says:

      You sound so stupid generalizing. People are people where ever you go. Every country has the same issues so just get away from calling down the people of the BVI.

      • POLITICIANS says:

        SHUT YOUR FACE. I KNOW HOW THE PEOPLE ARE IM FROM RIGHT THERE. YOU CAN TELL ME SHIT… THEY ALWAYS COMPLAINING AND NEVER SATISFIED.. .. I COULD TALK ABOUT THEM. THEY ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

  14. @Politicians says:

    While i do agree with some of what your saying this story goes deeper. Both these p——– trying to score points on a matter that could of already been resolved. —- lies and so does —–. But lets get the facts straight….the BVI community locals and nonlocals were more than willing to be hands on and get alot of the work done especially when it comes to the schools but — want to play politics with our kids education just for the sake of a photo op or to say — did it. Its not about who did it….we just need to get it done. Dont go in HOA bawling for private investors and the business community money when behind closed doors they refusing the same money because they cant get a cut. —– and —- both sneaky….and they both are hurting the kids

  15. Brad Boynes says:

    WalWyn manufactures the truth most times that’s all.

  16. Boom says:

    Myron Walwyn the great d————- of Virgin Islands Youth- the man would ——- to be Premier- I hope the UK watching h–. ——- is no better though

  17. Anonymous says:

    If ndp make it in again this island will no longer exist. NDP used up so much money on themselves and the people who backed them up are the ones who are getting a pinch of the money. All of them will pay when judgement day comes

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