One of the requests for a commission of inquiry, made by Premier McKeeva Bush, sought to look into the spending and planning around proposals for three new high schools and one new primary school on Grand Cayman under the previous government. One of those planned projects, the proposed Beulah Smith High School in West Bay was discontinued. The plan for the new primary school in George Town also did not proceed.
Mr. Taylor said the auditor general’s office is already planning to carry out performance audits on the John Gray and Clifton Hunter High School projects later in the government’s financial year.
“As such, the governor has told the premier that he does not believe that there is a need to consider setting up a commission of inquiry at this stage,” the statement from the governor’s office read.
The second request for a commission of inquiry came from North Side MLA Ezzard Miller. Mr. Miller asked that a commission be established to investigate an “alleged financial irregularity” relating to Premier Bush.
“This matter is already the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service,” Mr. Taylor said. “In light of this, I do not see the case for considering a commission of inquiry.”
The statement is the first public acknowledgment by the governor or the police that there is actually an investigation of the premier. Previously, both had refused to name the subject of the investigation.
Mr. Miller’s request for a commission of inquiry was denied outright. However, Governor Taylor left open the possibility that such an inquiry could be made into the high schools construction project at a later date.
“[The governor] would be prepared to consider the matter…after the auditor general has submitted his reports to the Legislative Assembly, should his findings indicate that there are any matters which might benefit from such an inquiry,” the governor’s office statement read.
Please see more on this story in Friday’s editions of the Caymanian Compass….