LA votes for 2 local JPs to work on SAR report

| 25/04/2016 | 24 Comments
Cayman News Service

Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly

(CNS): The Legislative Assembly voted unanimously to support a slightly amended version of the opposition leader’s private member’s motion, debated Monday, that now calls for two local justices of the peace to be appointed to work alongside the UK expert appointed by the governor to undertake the review of the police search and rescue operation in the wake of a missing person report on 6 March. McKeeva Bush had wanted a “quasi-judicial public enquiry”, where witnesses would be called in public, but he accepted a government compromise to get the motion through.

Legislators starting debating the sentiment of the motion at around 9am and just before 4:30pm, following the compromise, the entire House voted for the motion, which is now asking the governor to appoint one JP on advice from the premier and another on advice of the opposition leader to work with Andy Jenkins from the UK’s Marine and Coastguard Agency, who is due in Cayman Tuesday.

The premier said this would provide a Caymanian pair of eyes and ears to ensure the credibility of the enquiry. However, it is not clear yet if the governor will accept the additional appointments for the review.

Check back to CNS later for the full story on the debate.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully the some persons in power are paying attention to the BBC news today in relation to the “Hillborough” tragedy of 1989.

  2. Allar says:

    It is so sad that you all are still fight against each other. As a Caymanian I am tired of the constant expat vs Caymanian. Let us live as one

  3. Sharkey says:

    I am surprised that Captain Eugene did not get in on this debate sense he has the most boating and aviation experience in the LA.
    I think that he should be in on the investigation too because of his experience.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Idiotic proposal that can only lead to delay, costs and a weaker report.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is there nothing that these politicians won’t use to score points with the voters?
    It is like a pack of Kirby vacuum cleaner salesmen fighting for a sale and a microphone.
    Perhaps the Caymanians are afraid what will come out when truth be told.
    I am still shocked that Caymanians blocked the US offer for a free helicopter for drug interdiction and SAR use.
    That fact never came up in the LA I’ll bet.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The report would benefit from having no Caymanian involvement. Look at what has been achieved with non-Caymanian Auditors General.

  7. Anonymous says:

    By having one JP appointed by the premier and the other by the leader of the opposition, the LA has just made political what should be a wholly non-political inquiry. What on earth has party politics got to do with this? In any other self-respecting jurisdiction, no ‘independent’ inquiry would be established on that basis, and Jenkins should refuse to chair it. The only way I think it could work would be if the JPs are forbidden from communicating with their political appointers during the course of the inquiry, and we know that that’s not going to work. If it did, then why have them appointed by politicians in the first place?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t macbush call for a ‘quasi-judicial public enquiry’ into his handing out money for the turtle farm experience, or the Stan Thomas dealings, or the Las Vegas fiasco, or the….

  9. Rick says:

    The Cabinet made a mistake in entrusting the police to buy the helicopter. it did not make a mistake with the helicopter. The procurement processes in the country at that time was v poor. Let’s hope they have improved.

  10. Curious1 says:

    Correct me but what does a JP has to do with SAR inquiry? And are the JPs competent in the field SAR?

  11. Anonymous says:

    One JP from either side, puppets. Good luck Mr Jenkins, I am sure they will not hold up the process!

    • Anonymous says:

      That would simply politicise an independent process. Another joke from the legislative assembly that understand nothing about this at all

  12. Anonymous says:

    irresponsible wreckless drug runners. end of story.

  13. Anonymous says:

    “provide a Caymanian pair of eyes and ears to ensure the credibility of the enquiry)? Like Caymanians are known for their “credibility”? I think they are going to be put there so they can make sure the report is changed to what they want it to be before it can be released like many other reports.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is the Cayman Islands. Why would we want anything other than the truth and honest findings?

    • Anonymous says:

      I can see it now at the FIFA headquarters. “There appears to be some financial irregularities in the accounts”
      “I will get a Caymanian to have a look at it to ensure credibility”.

      • Anonymous says:

        At 6.18 am What they would say is “Someone go get that Canadian lady down there in Cayman, she sure has a way with money.

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