Deputy Governor David Archer Jr has affirmed that the government is providing support to public officers who have recently been suspended, ensuring they won’t face immediate dismissal.
A number of public officers have faced suspension in recent months, either due to the Commission of Inquiry or other circumstances.
In a recent interview, Deputy Governor Archer stated that these public officers will be given the opportunity for natural and fair justice.
“We maintain the idea that they are innocent until proven guilty. We protect their employment status during that process, we recognise that they might be impacted as they go through this process and that’s the reason why the very courts are for everyone and we have to ensure things like a speedy trial,” Archer explained.
Archer said he finds no joy in knowing that public officers face these types of disciplinary action but maintained that the government must hold people accountable when it’s necessary.
“Lessons, unfortunately, are learned two ways — through good examples and through no-so-good examples. We want to minimize the number of bad examples, hold people accountable and support them. Where we can influence the process to ensure that their chance of justice happens quickly, then we will do so,” Archer explained.
He assured that innocent public officers would be reinstated, continuing their careers as civil servants.
Public figures, including former Education Minister Myron Walwyn, his former Permanent Secretary Lorna Stevens, former BVI Postmaster General Pascha Stoutt, and former Director of the International Affairs Secretariat Najan Christopher, face charges of breach of trust.
These cases remain unresolved, expected to set precedent for future disciplinary actions against public officers.
In response to the charges, elected officials have reported heightened fear among public officers performing their daily duties.
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