Housing board shake up

Chairman, deputy chair removed

 

Following the arrest of one of its members, the board of directors of the Cayman Islands National Housing Development Trust has been reformed with some new appointees and some returning members. 
 
“The entire board is being reappointed,” Community Affairs Minister Mike Adam said, indicating that a proposal would be circulated to Cabinet members Friday, seeking their approval of the new board.  
 

 Mr. Adam indicated current chairman Edward S. McLaughlin and deputy chairman Edlin Myles would not be reappointed. 

 
Rayal Bodden – a member of the board who had previously resigned – was appointed as the new chairman.  Other members named Friday included Allan Bush, Michael Godfrey, Ann-Marie Powell, Jaron Jackson, Terry-Ann Arch and Delia Hydes.
 
On Tuesday, members of the ruling United Democratic Party government met, partly to discuss the situation with the housing trust and a corruption investigation that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has been conducting there for a number of months, Mr. Adam said. 
 
Mr. Adam indicated that, just prior to the arrest of one of the board members Monday, at least two members of the housing board quit their posts. He did not specify the reasons given for the resignations. 
 
“I did receive two resignations last Friday,” he said, adding that the individual who was arrested Monday also resigned either on Monday night or Tuesday morning.   
 
The Monday resignation left the housing board with only two current members, down from the ten listed on the Cayman Islands government webpage as of January 2010. 
 
 
No shut down
 
Minister Adam also clarified that, while it was his understanding RCIPS did search the offices of the housing trust Monday – which necessitated a temporary closure – the agency reopened shortly afterward and was not shuttered for any significant period of time.  
 
“It was never actually closed,” Mr. Adam said, referring to the housing trust office on Dorcy Drive, George Town. 
 
Mr. Adam also said earlier in the week that he did not expect the criminal investigation to delay the occupancy of 12 affordable homes in East End, nine of which have already been filled with affordable housing applicants. 
 
The housing trust board member who was arrested at his George Town home Monday has not been identified because he has not been formally charged by police.  
 
Police did confirm that a 59-year-old man was arrested and that an investigation was being conducted at the National Housing Development Trust. 
 
“[The 59-year-old man] was arrested in terms of sections 13 and 17 of the Anti-Corruption Law, 2010, as was as on suspicion of obtaining property by deception,” read an RCIPS statement issued Monday. 
 
Sections 13 and 17 of Cayman’s Anti-Corruption Law relate to breach of trust and abuse of public office, respectively. 

 

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