Opposition Leader Marlon Penn has counted himself among locals surprised and humiliated by reports of Premier Andrew Fahie and Ports Authority boss, Oleanvine Maynard’s arrest in the United States on drug and money laundering charges.
He expressed those sentiments in a written public statement issued to the press Friday morning, April 29.
“We are all shocked, saddened, and even embarrassed,” Penn stated. “However, it is important that we look beyond recent events and towards healing and unity. I accept and acknowledge the gravity of this issue, as well as the other challenges and new headwinds that we now face.”
“I strongly condemn any violation of the confidence and responsibilities entrusted to public officials. So, I ask of you, citizens, residents, and friends let us pray earnestly, and work with great resolve and steadfast focus on improving our good governance structures and the proper functioning of our public institutions,” added Penn who previously indicated his intention to become the next Premier of the BVI.
The Opposition Leader further called on residents join in unity to address what he described as “daunting challenges” ahead.
He also called for residents to “realise the aspirations of our territory for future generations”.