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Governor’s Group waived 6 of 10 tender processes over two yrs

Governor’s Group waived 6 of 10 tender processes over two yrs

Former Governor, Augustus Jaspert, has conceded that his office had also waived tender processes in order to have projects executed. Appearing before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) recently, Jaspert said there were instances where he felt that waiving the tender […]

by / on October 28, 2021 at 7:04 AM /
Jaspert can’t recall pressuring Premier to sign UK loan guarantee

Jaspert can’t recall pressuring Premier to sign UK loan guarantee

Former Governor, Augustus Jaspert, said he has no recollection of ‘intensely’ pressuring Premier Andrew Fahie into signing a loan agreement that was offered by the UK government for hurricane recovery. In a position statement from government ministers to the Commission […]

by / on October 28, 2021 at 6:30 AM /
Jaspert denies wilfully obstructing distribution of Crown land to locals

Jaspert denies wilfully obstructing distribution of Crown land to locals

Former governor Augustus Jaspert has denied having a deliberately obstructive approach to signing requests for Crown lands to BVI Belongers during his tenure. Before any piece of Crown land is issued, it must be approved by the sitting governor. But […]

by / on October 26, 2021 at 9:05 AM /
Pressure forced gov’t to give stimulus $$ directly to residents

Pressure forced gov’t to give stimulus $$ directly to residents

Overwhelming pressure from businesses forced the government into giving persons monies directly in their hand from stimulus grants it distributed last year. This is according to Premier Andrew Fahie who made the disclosure when he appeared before the Commission of […]

by / on October 24, 2021 at 9:20 AM /
Evidence gathering stage of COI now concluded

Evidence gathering stage of COI now concluded

After more than 50 days of oral hearings in the last six months, the head of the Commissioner of Inquiry (COI), Sir Gary Hickinbottom today announced the conclusion of these hearings. While open oral hearings have been happening since about […]

by / on October 22, 2021 at 12:33 PM /
‘Abusive’ | Premier details former governor’s alleged animus

‘Abusive’ | Premier details former governor’s alleged animus

Premier Andrew Fahie has offered details of what he described as the abusive relationship between himself and former governor, Augustus Jaspert. According to Premier Fahie, the relationship took a turn from the start after Jaspert chided the Premier on his […]

by / on October 22, 2021 at 8:23 AM /
Top gov’t officials’ link to criminal gangs helped prompt COI — Jaspert

Top gov’t officials’ link to criminal gangs helped prompt COI — Jaspert

In a shocking revelation, former governor, Augustus Jaspert, said high-level government officials have allegedly been linked to drug dealers and criminal gangs in the BVI.  Governor Jaspert made the disclosure during a hearing before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) yesterday, […]

by / on October 21, 2021 at 8:24 AM /
Webster signals at new stimulus audit gov’t might not want seen

Webster signals at new stimulus audit gov’t might not want seen

Auditor General (AG), Sonia Webster, has suggested that more audit reports are likely to be forthcoming on the government’s COVID-19 stimulus grant spending which started last year.  Webster gave that indication after being recalled before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) […]

by / on October 21, 2021 at 8:05 AM /
Governor Rankin open to having Premier chair Cabinet, COI hears

Governor Rankin open to having Premier chair Cabinet, COI hears

Unlike what was seen with his immediate predecessor, Governor John Rankin has now said he is open to having Premier Andrew Fahie chair Cabinet in his absence. During an appearance before the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) yesterday, Governor Rankin […]

by / on October 20, 2021 at 8:54 AM /
No constitutional breach in not assenting to Disaster Mgmt Act

No constitutional breach in not assenting to Disaster Mgmt Act

Governor John Rankin has concluded that no constitutional breach arises from him not giving assent to the government’s Disaster Management Act. The Act was passed in the House of Assembly (HOA) in January 2021 but both Rankin and his immediate […]

by / on October 20, 2021 at 8:37 AM /