At a time when the United Kingdom is being accused of breaching the Virgin Islands Constitution, accusations are also being fired at the Premier Dr D Orlando Smith Administration that they too have violated the territory’s Constitution.
This latest attack on Dr Smith’s Administration came from Opposition Leader, Andrew Fahie.
Fahie shot fresh fire at the government for having years of outstanding financial audits, among other things.
“Unaudited financial statements are a breach of our Constitution. Seven million dollars for a plane that will not fly is a breach of our Constitution. Thirty million dollars over expenditure on the Cruise Pier Project is a breach of our Constitution. They all must stop,” Fahie said.
Fahie’s statement follows recent demonstrations of unity between him and Premier Smith in response to the UK’s public registers controversy.
Both leaders have described the UK’s decision to impose these public registers on the BVI as ‘constitutional overreach’.
But despite this seemingly short-lived unity, Fahie said he has a responsibility to “protect the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 against any violations locally, regionally, and internationally”.
“My message has been clear and consistent for the past five years and it will not change — either we police ourselves or we will be policed in a manner that we all will not like.”
“If the UK is violating our Constitution, it must stop! If the National Democratic Party government is violating our Constitution, it must stop,” Fahie said.
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