Premier Andrew Fahie has admitted to registering complaints to former governor Augustus Jaspert but denied doing so on more than one occasion, as has been alleged by some.
“I went down — I’m not ashamed to say it. I said it in the COI. I went down to go get a COI to see what had happened in the ports project,” Premier Fahie said while making it clear that the COI he wanted was for one specific thing.
“I didn’t go down there asking for no COI on no entire government,” he said in the House of Assembly yesterday.
Premier Fahie said he was told by the former governor at the time that COIs don’t reveal anything and were expensive.
He further said he was told there were only lessons to be learnt from the Auditor General‘s report on the controversial ports project which was executed under the previous NDP administration.
“He said I’ll be wasting money; all that I was told. And Iris’ (the Premier’s mom) boy left from there and I had never come back. I tell he you’ll never see me there around again asking for nothing at all, at all, at all since you tell me that,” the Premier said.
“I heard the man (Jaspert) there saying that I was coming frequently. Well, I don’t know, there must be a clone of me somehow,” the Premier sarcastically stated.
He also noted that there must be a record in place of when he visited the former governor.
Fahie said claims were even made by current Opposition legislators that he was seeking out the Governor’s Office often.
“To look for who?” Premier Fahie questioned. “I could count it on my one hand, and after that last meeting I turned off, I have never, never [visited] again.”
The Premier said a full COI has been COI called, ‘now that it’s convenient’. However, he raised renewed concern about the broad terms of reference of the inquiry. He said the terms are so broad that the COI is even examining matters as far back as the territory’s first Chief Minister, H Lavity Stoutt.
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