ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ out of the country and there being much confusion as to who is in charge of the tiny British Overseas Territory, the House of Assembly (HoA), the Legislative branch, will meet on Thursday October 5, 2017.
The meeting is expected to start at 10:00 AM at the Ritter House on Wickham’s Cay II.
The Order Paper has not been released to the public as most Members just received their papers a few days ago, according to a senior National Democratic Party (NDP) source.
This will be the first meeting after Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, hit the Virgin Islands (VI) on September 6, 2017, leaving widespread destruction, homelessness, death and panic in the streets for food and gas.
A fight for power
The United Kingdom appointed Governor Jaspert declared a State of Emergency after the Hurricane, giving him full power and authority over the country.
There has been some media reports claiming that after he left the country last week, the state of emergency was “relaxed” and Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) was back in charge. Our newsroom was unable to confirm these reports.
The NDP Government has been under fire for not being heard from immediately after the 2 Hurricanes, Irma and Maria, and it’s unclear when they will emerge to speak with the people.
There were also reports that the Governor had dissolved the government; however, following our newsroom investigations, those reports were found to be false.