It appears the relationship between Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and some government members is still sour following the debate on the Virgin Islands Recovery Agency Act last month.
During the debate, emotions were high and tempers flew between National Democratic Party (NDP) legislators; some of whom accused Dr Smith of being secretive with documents related to the controversial bill.
However, the majority of legislators eventually agreed to support the said bill. And now that three weeks have passed since the vote, Premier Smith has been asked whether the relationship between NDP legislators is back to being ‘good’.
“That is all what we all want,” he replied, while not giving a direct answer.
Though things appear not to be well internally, the Premier assured that all legislators in the NDP camp still have the best interest of the territory at heart.
Legislators free to say what they want
While reflecting on the aforementioned debate — following which two members of his government voted against the bill, Dr Smith reiterated that all House of Assembly members are free to openly voice their opinions.
“I think it is important that debate is allowed. That’s what the House is for and sometimes debate is robust. But, in the end, what we do for the country is that which is important, and that is to get on and do what the country needs — that is rebuild and rehabilitate the country,” Dr Smith told journalists at a media conference last Thursday.
“We are all committed to the rebuild and rehabilitation of the British Virgin Islands and that should say it for you,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Recovery Agency Act officially became law last week when Governor Augustus Jaspert signed off on the controversial piece of legislation.
The BVI is now on its way to receiving the £300 million loan guarantee from the United Kingdom.
As mandated by the UK guarantors, the Agency will have full control over how recovery funds are spent.
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