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Coincidence? CoI report & Fahie arrest came almost simultaneously -Angelle A. Cameron

Coincidence? CoI report & Fahie arrest came almost simultaneously -Angelle A. Cameron

Former Mrs BVI and ‘My BVI’ talk show host, Angelle A. Cameron has called for persons in the Virgin Islands to recognise that the arrest of former Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and the release of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report as separate events, despite them happening almost simultaneously.

Cameron was at the time speaking alongside Bishop John I. Cline during the May 30, 2022, edition of the My BVI show streamed on Facebook.

Were events coincidental? - Cameron questioned

“This is as much sarcasm as I can muster to say these words, that these events have happened almost simultaneously, and it builds on the negative narrative of the territory of the Virgin Islands,” she added.

While Direct Rule as a CoI recommendation came out of the report, Ms Cameron added “it is the best set of evidence for a case of takeover that I have ever seen. But… it's important for us to look at that coincidence and say, really? What is the likelihood of this truly being coincidental?”

She also questioned whether there were other factors at play so that the narrative could build against the BVI and called on persons to be honest about the reality of the whole situation, and how the events played out regarding the way forward.

“But it also is important for us, those of us knowledgeable, those of us who live in the Virgin Islands, those of us are associated with the Virgin Islands to separate the narratives because they are two separate events, irrespective of how they were crafted. They are two different things, and one has nothing to do with the other.”

Angelle A. Cameron was at the time speaking during the May 31, 2022, edition of the My BVI show streamed on Facebook alongside Bishop John I. Cline.

CoI concluded before arrest of Premier - Mrs Cameron

To build on her point, Ms Cameron detailed that the CoI had already concluded and the recommendations were already on hand way before the Premier was arrested.

“And because they have nothing to do with the other, it doesn't build a case. The unfortunate incident with the former Premier had absolutely nothing to do with the way we should govern moving forward.”

Mrs Cameron; however, admitted that no jurisdiction is immune from the need to have processes and systems reviewed, audited and upgraded and that the CoI helped in that aspect for the VIrign Islands.

“Yes, there are quite a number of considerations that we need to make based on the recommendations, a lot of them have good merit, a lot of them need proper consideration and there's some of them that we categorically will not accept because it is not conducive to us being a better nation for us in the future and one of those is the direct rule and the suspension of our Constitution,” she said

No to UK direct rule

Ms Cameron maintained; however, that the people of the VI will not accept direct rule as an option to move forward from the CoI and the arrest of the former Premier, “We will not accept that as a people and I think the virgin has wholistically agreed with that,” she added.


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