Walwyn, along with his former Assistant Secretary, Lorna Stephens, faces charges of Breach of Trust by a public official before the Magistrate’s Court for his role in the project.
But Walwyn, who is also an attorney by profession, has continued to insist that no laws were broken as he executed his duties while serving as minister within a previous administration.
While declaring his candidacy for the upcoming general elections during the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) campaign launch last Friday, Walwyn expressed that he held some concerns as a citizen and as an attorney about the criminal justice system in the territory.
H noted at the same time that he had the utmost respect for the system in which he has practiced for the last 16 years.
“I have confidence in the judicial system here and I know I’ll be vindicated because I can say without fear of contradiction that my hands are clean,” Walwyn stated.
The former legislator said he can look at residents squarely in the eye and say he conducted himself with honesty and integrity during his time as Minister and elected representative.
“If I remotely thought that I may have been involved in anything criminal whatsoever, you will not see me here before you, not embarrassing myself, embarrassing my family, certainly not insulting the intelligence of the people of the Virgin Islands,” the former lawmaker added.
According to an Auditor General’s report, the project had significant cost overruns that allowed its final tally to balloon well past $1 million after being split into multiple petty contracts and work orders.
Walwyn had argued that the choice to split the contracts was made in Cabinet and therefore was not a unilateral decision on his part.
He previously told the Commission of Inquiry (COI) that he did not appreciate at the time that splitting the wall contract among various contractors would have escalated the costs beyond the budgeted amount. He said he believed the cost would have remained the same whether one person did the work or if multiple persons did it.