Wake Up Premier--Fraser Reacts To AG's Appointment

Melissa Edwards, Senior Reporter | 9 Opinions
Published: May 19, 2017 2:17 pm AST
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Former Opposition Leader and Member for the Third District, Hon. Julian Fraser finds the appointment of a United Kingdom (UK) national to the post of Auditor General (AG) as sickening, and a signal from the UK. He also called on Premier Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith to wake up.

"This is disgusting, for it is happening all too often. The Governor seems to have a plan and no one seems to be noticing, at least the Premier isn't," he said.

Yesterday, May 18th, government announced that former Chief Auditor of the Turks & Caicos Islands, Mr. Phil Sharman has been appointed to the post effective August, by outgoing Governor, Mr. John Duncan.

"For what reason will the Governor be having a UK national as Superintendent of Prisons; a UK national as Commissioner of Police; a UK national as Director of Public Prosecution; and a UK national as Auditor General?" Hon. Fraser asked.

He went on to lament, "All the vital arms of law enforcement and investigation are in the hands and direct control of UK nationals, answerable only to the Governor, who himself is a UK national. Something doesn't smell right. Remember the Governor now has his own personal preference for Leader of the Opposition (Hon. Andrew Fahie), who is also Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee."

Wake Up

The Opposition Member urged persons around Premier Smith to wake him up.

"If our Premier is asleep, someone close to him had better wake him up, because I see a Governor who is up to something. Don't take my word for it, but I will give you a scenario and you figure it out for yourself."

He explained that investigations are done by the Auditor General, now a UK national, and the Governor, a UK national, can request an investigation on anything at any time.

Hon. Julian Fraser, Third District Representative
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"Next step, Public Accounts Committee, whose Chairman is the Governor's personal preference, and his chief advisor the Auditor General, a UK national. Then the Director of Public Prosecution, a UK national, can prosecute anything arising from those investigations, deemed in her opinion to be criminal," he outlined.

He said, "The Police is the only body charged with executing arrests, and that's what you do with criminal suspects. And who is in charge of the police---a UK national who answers to the Governor, a UK national. And when you arrest someone, which by the way usually takes place on Fridays, they are locked up, and who is in charge of the Prison---a UK national, who answers to the Governor, a UK national."

Hon. Fraser stated that in the face of Brexit, which is essentially a rekindling of nationalism, no UK national looking at this picture won't see something wrong with it.

"Virgin Islanders are being stripped of their dignity. They deserve some respect for their intelligence. That's my story and I am sticking with it," the Opposition Member said.

Hon. Fraser also said that while spending millions to educate locals, foreigners continue to fill top positions.

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