April ‘One Man, One vote’ gains momentum

Both the United Democratic Party and the People’s Progressive Movement brought the “one man, one vote” concept into public consciousness. In an article appearing on 2 April, UDP member and West Bay Member of the Legislative Assembly Cline Glidden Jr. said there was a possibility the referendum could be held before 2013.

Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks later added his name to the growing list of petitioners seeking to change how Cayman elects its legislature. Then-Premier McKeeva Bush announced government would hold the referendum on 18 July.

Police investigate premier

Cayman’s political leader would be investigated for illegal activity by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. In an article appearing on 23 April, Mr. Bush would be involved in three separate criminal investigations and be the subject of two of those probes. The investigations were on financial irregularities in relation to a land deal, a further allegation of financial irregularities and Mr. Bush’s involvement in explosives being imported to Cayman without a permit.

By 24 April, Mr. Bush claimed he had done nothing wrong and insisted he would not resign.

‘No confidence’ motion

Opposition politicians called for a removal of the ruling government. In an article appearing on 25 April, PPM party members and North Side independent legislator Ezzard Miller threatened to boycott LA proceedings if they were prevented from bringing a no confidence motion against the government. The motion stemmed from Mr. Bush’s refusal to stand down in the wake of three police investigations involving him.

Mr. Bush reiterated his stance of not stepping down, treating the actions and words of opposition politicians as merely political opportunism on 27 April.

Pensions undergo scrutiny

The future of Cayman’s pensions system would be altered by several happenings. In an article appearing on 10 April, a 2008 review of the Cayman Islands public pension system would come to light recommending pension contributions made to some civil servants’ retirement savings be increased to nearly 45 per cent of their total salaries and emoluments.

The two-year voluntary suspension of non-Caymanian workers’ pension payments would come to an end in April, according to an article on 18 April and at that point, it appeared the government would not continue the programme.

Activists rise up

Activism in Cayman reached new heights to oppose a government deal. In an article appearing on 12 April, members of separate activist political groups in West Bay and Bodden Town agreed to occupy a section of West Bay Road along Seven Mile Beach as a last resort to prevent the closure of a 4,000-foot section of the street.

The closure is proposed as part of a construction and development plan between the Dart Group of companies and the Cayman Islands government known as the ‘For Cayman Investment Alliance.’ Mr. Bush would call the organisations destructive.

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