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Premier and Minister for Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie rubbished rumors that his decision to have bodyguards is in relation to kickback matters. In fact, the Premier reiterated that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is aware of the security concerns and he promised to give members of the House of Assembly the details.
Last month, the Premier disclosed that he has received three death threats since taking office, and as such, has had to contract bodyguards for his personal security. However, since that announcement, Hon. Fahie said that he has been hearing rumors which claim that there are other reasons for the bodyguards.
The Premier told the House of Assembly on May 17 that the rumors make no sense.
“I am on the streets too and I hear things. It’s above board, it’s transparent. Every time you hear they try to put that security is done because the Premier knows this person; this kickback and that kickback. I must be a mule! There is no kickback, there is nothing here; this is a transparent process. My life is at stake and I aint playing around with it.”
Hon. Fahie told his colleagues that he finds the rumors disheartening since it seems to make light of the situation.
“It’s my life at stake and I know some people in this country, sad to say, don’t care if I go, but I will put out a watcher to watch the watcher until I feel safe.”
Further, the Premier stated that he doesn’t understand why security has to come with an ulterior motive.
“All of us have different security in here, just about. You have your security cameras by your house, different members have security here, and it was never an issue until I got security…There are different members here sitting down with security all the time, so if we're going to bring mine, we going to bring all,” he told the House.
Additionally, the Premier promised to explain the matter privately with the legislators.
“I want to sit down with the 12 members, let us discuss this formally, afterward we can come back and state certain things about it. But then when we have that process of retribution, we all must come, because I don’t think the people of this Territory realise that other members have security too; mine walking, but others there.”