“The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is laser focused. The VIP will not be pulled into the dual leadership of the National Democratic Party (NDP) tactics of using weapons of mass distraction!”
Those were statements from Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie while firing back at NDP leader Myron Walwyn in relation to the ongoing controversy surrounding Walwyn’s eligibility to sit as a member of the House of Assembly.
Fahie said the VIP’s ‘focus’ is on the issues which he said are plaguing the British Virgin Islands.
“Issues such as restoring the middle class and reestablishing a vibrant economy where all can thrive,” said Fahie.
The Opposition Leader said his party is also fixated on restoring accountability, transparency and good governance through their legislative agenda such as Whistle Blower Legislation for public officers and integrity in public life.
He also mentioned other areas of focus such as making Cabinet decisions public; except for those that have security raise concerns.
Fahie further said the VIP is looking to introduce initiatives such as decentralizing government resources to the respective districts. This, he said, will allow district representatives “more autonomy … where they no longer have to be at the mercy of five ministers”.
“All these and more are the issues that VIP will be pursuing on behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands. The VIP will not allow anyone to pull us into their storm but rather we will pull them into our mission of working towards creating a better Virgin Islands for all,” Fahie said.
Fahie was prompted to issue those assertions after Walwyn named him and other VIP supporters as perpetrators behind a fresh campaign to discredit his political eligibility.
Walwyn said the issue usually resurfaces around the general election season — a tactic he associated with the modus operandi of the VIP.
According to Walwyn, he was born at Peebles Hospital on Tortola on February 22, 1972. He has called for an end to the ‘eligibility witch hunt’.
Since this issue resurrected a few weeks ago, Fahie via a previous statement, said the VIP had no hand in what he referred to as the “NDP fight”.
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