the newly formed five member ‘minority government’ a “sham Cabinet”, ousted
Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush accused Governor Duncan Taylor Thursday
night of acting unconstitutionally in approving the country’s current
Bush also alleged that his 11 December arrest – about which he gave volumes of
detail – involved a conspiracy between Governor Duncan Taylor, Royal Cayman
Islands Police Commissioner David Baines and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth
fully expect that I will be charged….any time prior to the election,” Mr. Bush
told a crowd of hundreds gathered to hear him speak outside the George Town
courts building. It was his first public speaking appearance since his arrest
and subsequent ousting on 18 December following a no confidence vote in the
Bush said that he refuted allegations made against him involving both
corruption-related offences and theft, for which he has been arrested but not
charged. The former premier
revealed that the nature of the corruption allegations surrounded the ownership
of a local company – Midland Acres – that imported large quantities of
explosives into Grand Cayman earlier this year without the proper permits.
Bush was not directly involved in the importation of those explosive devices.
However, he did write to customs officials asking them to release the blasting
materials even though the proper permits for their importation had not been
theft accusations, Mr. Bush read through a list of items contained in a search
warrant that was executed at his West Bay home on 11 December. Some of these
items, he said – including books, ceramics and canvass bags – had been
purchased in London for various reasons. Some involved small gifts to staff
members. The books were purchased to bolster a reference library for the
premier’s office, he said.
to rumours, I did not resist the search,” Mr. Bush said, adding that he was not
allowed to remain in the home when police searched it.
Bush said the appointment of a five-person minority government to run Cayman’s
affairs until the 22 May elections represented an “undemocratic and
unconstitutional decision” by Governor Taylor.
constitution can’t be half right and half wrong,” Mr. Bush said. “It can’t be
right to revoke my appointment, but say that five Cabinet members is a
is ultra vires [Latin phrase meaning ‘outside the law’] the rules of the
constitution. I am going to insist that the constitution must be upheld.”
see much more on this story in Monday’s editions of the Caymanian Compass….