September 26, 2020

Turks and Caicos governor challenges anonymous author of open letter

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From Caribbean News Now

PROVIDENCIALES, — In a statement on Tuesday, , the Islands (TCI) governor’s press secretary responded to an email communication, described as ‘open’ by the sender, from an individual called Edith Delancy, which makes a number of allegations and criticisms about certain public officials in the TCI.

Moore said that Delancy is not known to the governor, Dr John Freeman.

“Despite some effort to establish her identity, we have not been able to do so. We can only assume that the name has been assumed to hide the identity of the sender. Attacking TCI public officials, who act in accordance under the direction of ministers and who are charged with advising and protecting the government and its funds to the benefit of all islanders, in this anonymous and unsubstantiated way can only be inferred as self-interested in purpose. Moreover, much of the communication is simply incorrect,” he said.

“Should Ms Delancy make herself known to the governor he would be ready to respond to the points made to him in the email. However the governor does not intend to reply to communications, especially of this kind, which are anonymous or written under a pseudonym,” Moore added.

In an open response to Moore, Delancy noted that “there is a very long and verifiable history of government retribution and retaliation against those who have the intestinal fortitude to complain or speak out publicly against government incompetence, abuse or corruption in the TCI, so you must please excuse my reluctance to invite you to tea.”

IMAGE: Governor Dr John Freeman

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Open response to Turks and Caicos Islands governor

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Dear Governor Freeman,

Attacking the messenger and denying the message without proper investigation is routine operating procedure for the British FCO. Turks & Caicos Islanders are familiar with this FCO tactic and David Moore’s comments are typical of the FCO by accusing a TCI citizen of “attacking TCI public officials” for commenting or identifying government malfeasance.

If you had been properly briefed by the FCO prior to arriving in the TCI you would know that there is a very long and verifiable history of government retribution and retaliation against those who have the intestinal fortitude to complain or speak out publicly against government incompetence, abuse or corruption in the TCI, so you must please excuse my reluctance to invite you to tea.

There is no need and you have no obligation to answer my open letter to you but do not be so naive as to believe that your public denials or the public denials of David Moore from the FCO will remove or eliminate the clear and convincing perception of poor governance that has deterred and is continuing to deter new inward investment and development in the Turks & Caicos Islands. To be clear, that poor governance is emanating from the Attorney General’s Office and apparently everybody but you is aware of it.

You can call it whatever you want Governor but the evidence and statements from uninterested or disgruntled investors demonstrates that the Office of the TCI Attorney General has been killing the gooses that were laying our golden eggs and the laying of eggs has now been dormant for over eight years. You can deny the reason but you cannot deny the fact.

Lastly Governor, with regard to David Moore’s rude comments about me being “self-interested”; Yes, indeed I am self-interested. I live, work and play here in the TCI and I am effected like everybody else when government runs amuck and chases away investors and developers at a time when our economy and jobs sector desperately needs a boost.

Your predecessor former Governor Beckingham was a polite English gentleman with a very short list of accomplishments in the TCI. Generally speaking he sat by politely and didn’t really get involved. Consequently he left us with the same broken TCI government that was here when he arrived.

Will you do the same or will you endeavor to make the necessary changes that are begging in the TCI? Only time will tell but David Moore and the FCO’s defensive response to my identifying a problem well-known in the TCI business community is not encouraging.

Respectfully,

Edith Delancy

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