Who, what, where and how? These are the questions that I tried to get answered from the members of the legislature on December 2, 2011 when I protested in front of the capital building concerning the scathing joint federal and local audit by the inspector general’s recently. I was protesting there from about 11 am to noon with a bright green sign in my hand that read "Senators shame on you! 6.9 Million Reasons Why We Need Answers Right Now (26, 27 and 28 Legislatures)."
Unfortunately, I was the only voice in front of the building protesting concerning my loss of public trust by the first branch of government with our finances. When I stood with my sign a number of citizens agreed with me by honking their horns in support. They yelled out" They should all go home. They should be sent to prison. I can’t pay my light bill. Where is my refund? I got a salary cut and they take a trip? Where is the justice?"
Yes exactly, I replied where is the justice? I tried to ask that to any senator later today that would meet with me, I was politely told they were either not there or unavailable and that I should try back later. The best I could do is to speak with the chief of staff or representative, so I left messages for them to call me back. Did I get a call back? What do you think?
Is this the same institution that is in charge of the purse strings of our government? I ask that the public please make your voices heard as I did and demand accountability from your elected representatives concerning the lack of oversight, mismanagement and possible fraudulent use of your tax dollars.
Here is an excerpt from the audit report "The unregulated administration of public funds has led to a culture with almost no accountability and transparency, especially in areas such as the improper use of allotted funds, arbitrary procurement of goods and services, and inadequately secured sensitive equipment," It was reported that about $6.9 million dollars was lost to "highly questionable" practices. Do you think your government is working in your best interest? Right now I do not, at least not from this
branch of government. The report issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Inspector General and V.I. Office of the Inspector General can be found on line at www.viig.org
> "Administrative Functions- Legislature of the Virgin Islands" Please read it and ask the same questions to our representatives, who what, where and how was our tax payers money used or lost by some or most of the members of the 26, 27 and 28 legislature?
The audit report does not provide the names of the senators in question, but I would expect that every sitting senator should be demanding a full investigation into the matter at the very least and let the chips fall where they must…