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‘Pass!’ Premier mum on the motion to ‘reprimand’ governor

Premier Andrew Fahie has opted to “pass” on giving his opinion on the recent motion moved in the House of Assembly to ‘reprimand’ Governor Augustus Jaspert for violating the Audit Act.

The violation for which the governor is accused is that he ‘brazenly’ neglected to deliver the Auditor General’s special report about BVI Airways within the legally-prescribed timeframe.

Fraser’s motion is scheduled to be debated in the House later this afternoon, June 3.

When Premier Fahie was asked during his appearance on the Honestly Speaking radio programme a day earlier, he declined to give his views on the matter.

“I’ll let that play out itself,” he responded when the question was put to him. “As they say when I used to watch [the American TV game show], Press Your Luck, ‘pass’.”

It is yet to be seen whether Premier will also abstain from today’s debate of the motion.

What does the motion mean?

There has been much public chatter about the motion to reprimand Governor Jaspert since it was moved by Fraser a week ago, May 28. But what does it really mean?

The short answer — as far as BVI News understands — is ‘nothing’ since the House does not have any constitutional power or authority to take any legal action against the Governor.

If the motion passes, it would just be a collective and public display of unity showing that all or the majority of members in the House rebuke and disapprove of the governor’s actions as it relates to the report on BVI Airways.

The report has led to the launch of a criminal investigation into the controversial BVI Airways deal between the airline and the previous National Democratic Party government that was led by former Premier, Dr D Orlando Smith.


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  1. Hmmm says:

    Stay strong govenor. We love you. Keep them in check…

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    • @Hmmmm says:

      You’re a typical modern version of a House slave

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      • @@Hmmm says:

        You are mistaken. He/she/Hmmmm is not a Black person. He is a white man, a stoned cold english bigot, a BVIslander and a Black race hater.

        He blogs hate everyday. He states that we are squatters on these lands and should be forcibly removed. He advocates, one of his favorites, for the british marines to come in, invade us and deport us back to Africa. Indeed, he is of the mentality of the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries onward. A hostile and uncivilized mental relic of the past.

        He is definitely a helpless english bigotted racist, who is overwhelmed with hatred for Black people. He could be one of those clandestine epsionage employees who is finding it difficult to keep his racial hatred to himself.

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  2. Diaspora says:

    This is a symbolic motion, for the HOA don’t have the constitutional right to reprimand Governor Jaspert. It will be up to UK/FCO to take any punitive or non-punitive action but that is unlikely. That is not how the UK roll. Nonetheless, though the motion is symbolic, it is strong action in demonstrating the commitment to the rule of law. Should the Premier vote on this motion?

    It would be a bold action by the Premier. However, if I were advising the Premier, I would advise him to abstain. Discretion is the better part of valor. But who ask me.

    Moreover, how the earth revolves on its axis. The Hon Premier A. Fahie when in opposition moved a motion of no confidence against the sitting NDP government but could not garner any support not even from fellow opposition colleague. The motion would have dramatically failed probably with an 11-2 vote.

  3. GTFOH says:

    In other words the motion is one big poppy show. Even if every member vote AYE what are they going to do to reprimand the governor? This aint Game of Thrones we cant make him walk the streets naked while chanting shame.

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  4. Avalon says:

    The time is coming, the clock is just there ticking, talking piddle whilst the UN New World Order has its big plan for us all, the new world economic paradigm gonna turn everything here upside down…

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  5. YOUTH says:

    Way do some people in my home the BVI think of a Governor as a man free of mistakes and is our saviour. I can never understand this foolishness.

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  6. soso says:

    waste of time, this motion means nothing, just a bunch of politician running off their mouth, has no effect, no weight, makes no sense, when will you people get it, YOU ARE OWNED BY HE UK.

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