Bush: ‘I will not resign’

Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush said Thursday in a prepared statement that he will not resign as premier.

According to the statement, Mr. Bush said he had done nothing wrong.

“I shall not be resigning as premier,” Mr. Bush said. “I also wish to assure one and all that the government continues to operate as normal.

“On the advice of my attorney and given the circumstances, I am unable to comment any further at this time. However, I will make further statements in due course.”

Mr. Bush thanked his supporters, friends and family “especially those in the district of West Bay” for their prayers, visits and words of encouragement.

The premier said he would travel to Jamaica, as previously scheduled, to accept conferral of an honourary doctorate from the University College of the Caribbean.

“I feel obligated to honour this commitment and have decided to attend,” Mr. Bush said. “I will be returning to the Island this Friday.”

Please check back with www.caycompass.com for further updates later today…


  1. Due to the arrogant and despicable characters among us, we need a constitutional amendment requiring all elected officials to resign their government position upon any felony arrest.

  2. Go in peace My brother! May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you and shine upon you! I know you will have a nice time in Jamaica! The people of Jamaica arms are wide open to you! You have protected Israel and because of that good deed! You shall be blessed!

  3. I recollect the story a lady I dated told me some years ago.

    She had visited Grand Cayman with her now ex-husband in the 70s with the intention of developing some condos.

    They met with a now deceased government leader, I won’t give his name, who explained that for their project to go smoothly they should employ his compsny at a fee as a consultant.

    They left the meeting and never returned, refusing to be shaken down in this way.

    I have to wonder:

    How many other legitimate businessmen would not invest here because they would not pay bribes?

    Whether similar practices continue to this day?

  4. We can wait. Justice can wait. Meanwhile Cayman suffers from the hubristic pride of one man. This sort of behaviour is known,sadly,as the Caribbean disease, among historians.

  5. What is a statue of a naked young female (your photo) doing outside the Premier’s residence? I think we should be told.

    Editor’s note: We believe the statue is an angel. As for why it is outside the Premier’s home, we are not aware.

  6. As I recall, Richard Nixon famously said words to the effect ‘I am not a crook’ – shortly before others forced him to resign as President of the United States………

  7. Isn’t the surrender of your passport a standard condition of bail in the Cayman Islands? I guess not if you’re the Premier and you’re being awarded a doctorate you haven’t studied towards.

  8. ng term resident, would you like to know what I believe. Those persons came here wanted to get Caymanian status because they thought we are just a bunch of money grabbing idiots who are wearing grass skirts and going topless.
    Then when they realize that we wear tie and jacket like them and speak the English language and all Bankers, they sulk and tell a pack of lies. Please people give it up, we are tired of outsiders poisoining or water hole.

  9. longtermresident, your comments about kickbacks are appropriate but need to be put in context.

    To start off with I want to make it clear that I am not in any way commenting on the above story or the on-going RCIPS investigation, this is simply an historical observation responding to a previous comment on this website.

    When I first flew out to Grand Cayman over 20 years ago (BA were still operating DC10s on the route) I met someone on the plane who offered to arrange me a workpermit for CI300. They told me their sons were both RCIPS officers and there were a number of other services that the family business could provide if I came to work in the islands.

    Some years later a good friend of mine from the MidWest of the USA considered moving his business, most of which could easily be run online, to Grand Cayman. After several fairly friendly meetings with immigration and other departments he realised the financial hassles weren’t worth it.

    When Operation Tempura was running the Met guys I was dealing with just thought the whole island was completely corrupt by UK standards.

    You can see from this there is a trend developing.

    I may be wrong but compared with some of the places I’ve worked in it always seemed to me more a lifestyle choice than true corruption. Sort of – this is how we do business here, you can always go somewhere else – rather than the blatant, and sometimes violent, extortion I saw in Eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East. In Egypt our diveboat was once impounded because my boss refused to pay a bribe that amounted to about CI3. When I was in Russia a pilot for a UK airline had to hand over a cash bribe to get fuel for the trip back to London and you always put US20 in your passport to make sure you got through Moscow immigration. Do you see that happening in the Cayman Islands?

    What I suspect has happened is Grand Cayman has just adopted the baksheesh mentality and then let it get out of control. What was CI300 for little more than a favour 20 years ago has now evolved into fixers fees that run into 10 times that amount and much more.

    The problem is once you get this kind of mentality engrained in society it takes a lot of work to change it.

  10. Why did the Police need to arrest him at this stage?

    They had questioned him before in secret – so it couldn’t be that there was an inability on the part of the RCIPS to question Mr. Bush unless he was arrested.

    A search warrant can be obtained without arresting someone – so it couldn’t be that Mr. Bush was arrested so as to secure a search warrant.

    Mr. Bush travelled to Jamaica after his arrest – so it can’t be that the Police arrested him to stop him from travelling.

    The RCIPS don’t have enough evidence to charge him, as based on press releases he was arrested ‘without charge’ – so it can’t be that.

    Hmm,,, I guess while everyone is busy judging Mr. Bush – a function that is constitutionally reserved to the Courts – the other questions that could show what is really at play will go unanswered.

  11. Check the University of the Caribbean website – it shows someone else giving the Commencement address and makes no mention of any conferral of an honourary doctorate on our recently released leader.

    By the way, are those of us having trouble making ends meet paying for this sorry excuse of a leader to fly Business Class to Jamaica and stay in a fancy hotel. Why is he going given that he is not going to make a speech and he is not going to collect a degree that beggared belief at any time? Did the police check?

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