Hon. Vanterpool raises Questions about Biwater saga

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Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool repeatedly questioned Virgin Island’s Party Chairman, and Third District Representative, Hon Julian Fraser’s position regarding the ongoing Biwater saga.

In a statement that was issued to the media on Tuesday, Hon. Vanterpool referenced past actions as he questioned the Former Communications and Works Minister’ stance on the matters of Biwater and water security. The Minister asked: “Whose side was the former Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Julian Fraser on, when his Government offered to pay Biwater’s electric bills, when all other companies providing water pay their own electric bills?”

Hon. Vanterpool further asked: “Whose side was the former Minister for Communications and Works on, when through the Biwater contract, the Government of the people of the Virgin Islands, is liable for Biwater’s $43 million loan from Barclays Bank PLC London?”

As he continued to make his point the Minister asked: “Whose side was the former Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Julian Fraser on, when he signed an agreement with Biwater, knowing full well that there was no water in any wells at Paraquita Bay to supply 2.3 million gallons of water to this Territory?”

In asking the question for the fourth time, Hon. Vanterpool announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, whose side was the former Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Julian Fraser on, when he ignored Government’s contractual arrangements with Global Water, to provide a Sewerage Treatment Plant in Paraquita Bay and gave Biwater the job to do so? So the real question is: Whose side is the former Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Julian Fraser on? That is the real question.”

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