Following a press release from the RCN, the Kingdom Representative for the public entities of Bonaire, St.Eustatius and Saba, Mr. Wilbert Stolte, has informed Minister Plasterk of Home Affairs & Kingdom Relations, that he wants to resign from his post as of May 1st 2014.
At that moment he has held this office for three years, a period that also applies to government officials who are sent to the Caribbean Netherlands. Mr. Stolte will continue to execute his job as Kingdom Representative of the Caribbean part of the Netherlands with full dedication until his resignation.
The Caribisch Netwerk journalist, Jamila Baaziz, reported that Plasterk did not mention the sustainability of the position of Stolte, which is already for some time under pressure. It is believed that is he is getting little support from the government and politicians on Bonaire. There was no reference made to disclosure of the NRC newspaper about possible misuse of grant funds by the executive Foundation Collaboration Netherlands Antilles (SONA), for which Stolte had been the treasurer for some time.
Plasterk also mentioned the planned review of the constitutional reform since 10-10 – ’10. During this evaluation it will investigated how “ the various Dutch (official and other) institutions and mechanisms function, such as official for portals, the National Caribbean Netherlands (RCN), the so-called liaison functions and the Kingdom Representative” . This involves an assessment of the institutions, not the officials. The complexity of the government on the BES islands will also be looked at.