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Ex-Gov Jaspert provoked Premier Fahie ahead of CoI- Elroy A. Turnbull

Ex-Gov Jaspert provoked Premier Fahie ahead of CoI- Elroy A. Turnbull

Former Educator Mr Elroy A. Turnbull said, as an outsider observing the relationship between the embattled ex-Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert and the democratically elected Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), the then Governor allegedly provoked the Premier as part of a plan to set the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into motion.

Turnbull made the comments on the ZBVI 780AM radio talk show 'Umoja' hosted by Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka' last Monday, August 30, 2021.

Premier was unaware of Governor's plans - Mr Turnbull


"The last Governor... Jaspert from all rumours actually came to do a Commission of Inquiry on the NDP and that is the street talk," he said.

"One of the things our consultant told us back in Lavity Stoutt days, he said 'listen... you all have to be very careful with the Governor, be very careful with what you say because everything is noted,'" Turnbull said.

Mr Turnbull continued, 'These Governors, based on his [consultant] whole study... have a way of priming you to do things and say things," Turnbull related.

"And I think some of that has happened with our Premier... I think the Governor provoked him, but I don't think he [Premier Fahie] was aware that the Governor was setting for him, because you notice as soon as Jaspert left, the Commission of Inquiry came," he said.

Premier Fahie, while in the Opposition, had publicly called out the National Democratic Government (NDP) government on some of their spending, namely the botched BVI Airways deal, the Pier Park Project and the taking of monies intended for the East End/Long Look Sewerage Project and redirecting it to the Pier Park Project.

Further, the former educator alleged that it was the ex-governor who set the entire inquiry in motion after his relationship with the Premier.

Mr Jaspert had also been accused of trying to intimidate the Premier Fahie-led Government.

CoI called based on Fahie resistance to 'bend' to UK - FCO Staff


While Mr Turnbull's allegation is based on his observations, inside information surrounding the hastily called CoI being executed by the United Kingdom (UK) Government has pointed to more concerning alleged motives behind the UK-funded inquiry into the Fahie Government

Virgin Islands News Online on May 31, 2021, reported that Information from a former staff at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCO) also alleged that the ex-Governor Jaspert was pushed by the UK to call the CoI over Hon Fahie’s resistance to ‘bend’ to the UK’s will.

This strained relationship they said, reached a breaking point with the Premier’s refusal to sign the UK’s proposal for a £300M in loan guarantee to support the Territory's recovery after Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017.

Michael E. Misick warned VI Gov't


Former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Michael E. Misick had warned the VI government that the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) could very well be the UK ‘going after’ Premier Fahie.

The former TCI leader in a Monday, February 15, 2021, interview with 284 Media said the UK government has shown a pattern going after Caribbean leaders who stand up to them for being pro-independence and wanting a self-determined future for their people.

The suspicions do not come as a surprise since UK Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson once said colonialism in Africa should never have ended and downplayed Britain’s role in the slave trade.

Johnson, a close buddy of Jaspert, had made his stance known in an article written by the prime minister while he was a Tory MP in 2002.

Mr Elroy A. Turnbull made the comments on the ZBVI 780am radio talk show 'Umoja' hosted by Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka' last Monday, August 30, 2021.

Former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Michael E. Misick in a Monday, February 15, 2021, interview with 284 Media said the UK government has shown a pattern going after Caribbean leaders who stand up to them for being pro-independence and wanting a self-determined future for their people.

UK Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, left, once said colonialism in Africa should never have ended and downplayed Britain’s role in the slave trade. Johnson, a close buddy of ex Virgin Islands Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, right, had made his stance known in an article written by the prime minister while he was a Tory MP in 2002.

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