Commencement address in Ja references Bush’s troubles
Update: Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor has refuted claims that the criminal investigation against Premier McKeeva Bush is politically motivated, or that he is even involved in it.
Steve Moore, head of the Governor’s Office, said Friday that Governor Taylor had “taken note” Mr. Bush’s comments in Jamaica and that there is “absolutely no substance to those allegations” of the governor being vindictive and political.
Mr. Moore reiterated that Mr. Bush’s arrest earlier this week had “nothing to do with the FCO or the governor. This is an investigation being directed and led by the RCIPS”.
Initial story: Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush made reference to his ongoing
troubles during a commencement address to a Jamaican university Thursday, the
Associated Press reported.
has been a growing call for Mr. Bush to step down since his Tuesday arrest.
However, after giving a commencement address to college graduates in Kingston,
a defiant Bush said he has done nothing wrong and intends to stay on as
described Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor, who represents the British
government in the three-island territory, as his “enemy.” He implied
his arrest was orchestrated by the Britain-appointed governor and other
are a British overseas territory and as such it is run by the governor and the
commissioner of police. And so I can’t miss that it is nothing but a political,
very vindictive political witch hunt,” Bush said.
spokesman for the governor, whose post is largely ceremonial, did not
immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Jamaica, Bush said he wanted to reveal the “whole story” behind his
arrest but his lawyers advised him not to speak specifically about the
allegations. He said he was confident he will be vindicated in coming months.
would just say that I have done nothing wrong,” he said. “I have made
a lot of friends and I have made a lot of enemies. There are a lot of jealous
people in a very small island.”
been scheduled to receive an honorary doctorate for public service Thursday
from Jamaica’s University College of the Caribbean. But the school’s
chancellor, Herbert Thompson, said school officials decided to wait the outcome
of the investigations.
Cayman leader did address the university’s fall graduates as commencement
speaker. Among other things, he advised them to be tenacious, always play by
the rules, and tell the truth.
“A reputation takes a lifetime
to build and a moment to dismantle,” said the 57-year-old Bush, who made
only a few passing references to his troubles during the address.