The Commission for Standards in Public Life has distanced itself from the ongoing furore over assault allegations involving House Speaker McKeeva Bush, saying it is outside of its remit.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, the Commission said it has noted the allegations made against the Speaker of the House, his public statement and the expressions of concern by members of the public regarding this matter.

It said, based on legal advice, its powers do not extend to such situations.
“Based on the information in the public domain and in view of legal advice obtained previously on the Commission’s powers as set out under section 117(9) of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009, whereby the Commission was advised that its authority does not extend to engagement with a public official’s private life or dealings except where the circumstances raise a reasonable inference of lack of integrity, incompetence, corruption, conflict of interest or lack of standards of ethical conduct in the conduct of that official’s public functions, the Commission considers this matter to be outside of its remit at this time,” it said in its statement.

On the Commission’s website, it states that one its functions is “to monitor standards of ethical conduct in the Legislative Assembly, the Cabinet, and on the part of public authorities and public officers”.

The Commission added in its statement that it is not privy to the factual events that occurred during the incident and understands that the matter is being investigated by the RCIPS.

“No further statements will be made by the Commission at this time,” it said in its statement.

The Commission will be empowered on 1 March when the Standards in Public Life Law officially comes into force. Its creation was to ensure all those in public positions, such as politicians, government officials and board members, uphold all ethical standards. Its overarching law was passed in 2014 and amended in 2016.

Premier Alden McLaughlin last month announced the commencement of the law.

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