By Edwin Hernandez
As a Turks and Caicos Islander who voted in the general election to elect a local government I am asking myself if we the people elected a local government, or a British government. Why I asking myself this question?
Because reading the newspaper every week and listening to the Turks and Caicos Islands news I realize that the Governor Hon. Rid Todd has more say them the government and we the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The people of these islands have elected this present government to represent us.
The Hon. Premier Rufus Ewing asked the British many time to recall the attorney general. The opposition leader, the Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, also asked for the AG to be recalled, but the Governor Hon Ric Todd still renewed the AG’s contract for three more years. That is a totally disrespect for the people of these islands. Is clear as a crystal that the local government, who we the people of the TCI elected, has no voice in our country. Is that democracy?
It is also disrespectful of the Governor Hon. Ric Todd to the new Governor Hon. Peter Beckingham by renewing the AG’s contract for three years when his term as the governor is due. He should leave that decision up to the new governor and the elected government. I can understand if the governor gives an extension of six months to the AG until he concludes the appeal judgment in Hon McAllister Hanchell case, an appeal that doesn’t make sense and that will only cost the government a lot of money and time just like the Mr Marvin Cox case that only cost the people of the TCI more money.
It Is also clear as a crystal that the AG just wants to stay here in the TCI and make money out of us and to keep the doors open for his SIPT to also benefit corruption can never be any clearer that what is happening to us in regards to the SIPT. For an example, the SIPT collected $19 million and gave us the people $6 million. What a shame that we have to endure so much abuse by our so called mother country, and that is why he is looking for a reason to stay.
It is also clear as a crystal that he also has intentions to poison the mind of the new governor, if the new governor has good intentions for the people of the TCI. I cannot understand how the British government called the PNP administration corrupt under the Hon Michael Misick as the premier, because they and the governor have always had the final say. Who really is the corrupted?
It seems as if the governor never listens to the opinion of the people of the TCI. The entire TCI residents should vouch for the governor to step aside and allow us to have a voice in our own country. How would he feel if he was in the position of Dr Rufus and the other elected officials? I am sure the British would not allow anyone to come into Britain and do such acts as he is currently doing.
Hon. Governor, please give us an opportunity to be a voice in our homeland.