Conflict claims ‘unfair’ to Dax Richards, says chief secretary

Allegations that St Helena’s financial secretary is tied up in conflicts of interest are “grossly unfair”, legislative councillors have been told. Chief secretary Roy Burke defended Dax Richards after concerns were raised by the island’s public accounts committee. They resurfaced during yesterday’s debate over whether St Helena Government should underwrite a £500,000 bank loan to its […]

DFID accused as ‘broken spending promise’ leaves island unable to heal ‘weeping sores’ and end dependence on aid

St Helena’s paymasters in Britain have been accused by councillors of breaking their funding promises in the wake of the airport opening. Dr Corinda Essex said that with no investment agreed for the island from January 2018, its failing facilities were becoming “weeping sores”. Another scandal could blow up after the British government insisted on building a wharf in […]

Same-sex marriage approved for St Helena

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Marriage between same-sex couples has been approved by St Helena’s legislative council by nine votes to two – meaning weddings could take place within weeks. The Honourable Cyril Leo warned of a “deep divide” on the island and said he feared a negative reaction from “homophobic elements” in society. But he said people should embrace […]

Three sites to replace ‘unfit’ prison go before ExCo

Three sites near Longwood are being considered for a new prison for St Helena, to replace the “totally unsatisfactory” one in Jamestown. It comes after former governor Mark Capes was strongly condemned for trying to impose a new prison at Half Tree Hollow, disregarding protests about sex offenders being kept near young families. The three […]

More action planned on illegal fishing – minister

The UK government is planning to step up efforts to investigate illegal fishing around St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it has been revealed. The House of Lords heard that short term patrols and satellite monitoring are already used to track fishing vessels around the islands. But it appears the islands do not yet […]

St Helena gets first female governor – after 359 years

Lisa Phillips is to be the first female governor of St Helena since the job was first created more than 350 years ago, in 1657. She also becomes non-resident governor of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Her appointment will have come as no surprise to social media users or readers of the St Helena Independent. […]

‘No credible evidence’ as whistle-blowers are cleared again

Experts have dismissed serious criticisms of the whistle-blowers who triggered investigations into sex abuse on St Helena. Their professional body in London has declared there was “no credible evidence” that the two social workers were unfit to practise. The finding renews questions about the way Claire Gannon and Martin Warsama had been publicly denounced in documents published by […]

Drinks tax does little for Dr Corinda Pepper…

St Helena’s councillors are sharing the pain when it comes to tax on alcohol. “Everyone enjoys a good beer or a glass or wine and I declare my interest,” the Hon Brian Isaac told LegCo. “Saints are known to enjoy socialising. If we put such commodities out of the range of Saints they will turn […]