(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.