“When you go out speaking about corruption, you create over-regulation … There are a lot of smaller people here; smaller contractors at the bottom who need a little help to help their family. And if you continue to speak that foolishness, you’re going to regulate them out of business,” Walwyn said.
“I warned the persons speaking about corruption privately, I’ve warned them publicly to stop it. It hurts our country. At this time when we are negotiating loans for our country’s recovery and development, you cannot be out there as a leader speaking about corruption. You hamper the progress of the same country you’re trying to run.”
“Firstly, there is no proof. You have not presented one iota of proof except flapping your lips,” added the NDP legislator who did not name any of his party’s accusers.
Opposition legislators Andrew Fahie and Julian Fraser — both of whom are respective leaders of two other political organisations — have each come on public record accusing the NDP government of corruption.
Fahie, who leads the Virgin Islands Party, and Fraser who heads Progressives United, have raised multiple questions about controversial government projects such as the BVI Airways deal, the Cruise Pier project and the Elmore Stoutt High School perimeter wall project.
No corruption for me unlike the others
Meanwhile, Ronnie Skelton — who up till recently served under NDP administration but broke away to form the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement — has distanced himself from any government wrongdoing during his time with the NDP. He boasts that he has not faced any allegations of corruption.
“I was building the Iris O’Neal Medical Centre in Virgin Gorda. That is not being investigated,” noted Skelton, while pointing to the three other aforementioned projects and the ministers who had responsibility for them.
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