Governor Augustus Jaspert has blamed COVID-19 for the Auditory General’s special report on BVI Airways being laid before the House of Assembly outside the stipulated three-month timeframe.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, June 9, Governor Jaspert said the Auditor General submitted the final report to him on February, 2020.
“I subsequently sought to discharge my duties fully in line with the timescales set out in Section 20 of the Audit Act in referring the report to Cabinet on 23rd April with the intention of it being brought to the House by 7 May,” the governor explained.
He added: “With the focus rightly on our response to Covid-19 this report has understandably taken a while to reach the point of being laid, but I am pleased that the report has now been laid before and discussed by the House of Assembly.”
No HOA discussions on report except for a failed motion
The only discussions had about the report in the House of Assembly is in relation to a motion to reprimand the governor for his reported violation of the Audit Act.
The mover of motion, Opposition legislator Julian Fraser, argued that the governor violated Section 20(2) of the Audit Act when he neglected to deliver the Auditor General’s special report about the BVI Airways within the legally-prescribed three-month timeframe.
Government minister Dr Natalio Wheatley and Fraser were the only two of the 13 elected members of the House who voted in favour of the reprimand.
In the meantime, the House has had no other discussions on the report because the matter is under an active criminal investigation.
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