Speaker denies working with CHEC

| 27/08/2018 | 78 Comments
CHEC, Cayman News Service

McKeeva Bush, Speaker of the House and Leader of the CDP (formerly the UDP)

(CNS): The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and leader of the CDP, McKeeva Bush, has denied that his consulting firm is working with or consulting for China Harbour Engineering Company. In a short memo written by the veteran West Bay MLA on behalf of his company, WMB International Consulting Ltd, regarding his connections to CHEC, Bush indicated that he was in Belize in June “introducing” the Beijing-based firm to possible investments there, but he has said he is not working with them. In a message exchange with CNS this weekend Bush refused to clarify his relationship with CHEC and said anyone who says he is working with them will be challenged in court.

CHEC was the Chinese firm that Bush, when he was premier, entered into a talks with about a potential deal for the George Town cruise port. The proposal for CHEC to take on the financing and development of the piers was extremely controversial, as he scuppered an existing agreement with another potential development partnership to enter into the dialogue with the Beijing firm. He was heavily criticised at the time by the PPM opposition and its leader, Alden McLaughlin, who is now premier in a coalition government with Bush.

The question of Bush’s continuing relationship with CHEC reemerged in June this year, when reports in the Belize media suggested that Matthew Leslie, a former political candidate and one time UDP member who has family connections to the country, and Bush were both in Belize looking for business.

At the time Bush denied doing business with Leslie or having any business in Belize involving CHEC.

However, two documents circulating this weekend, including a memo from Bush stating that his firm is not involved with Leslie or his family in any way, revealed that he was in Belize consulting for Sinopharm and introducing CHEC to possible business partners. Sinopharm is a Chinese pharmaceutical and health services firm.

When CNS asked him to explain the contacts and the work he was doing, Bush stated that his only connection to CHEC was that he introduced them to possible business in Belize.

“I am not a consultant for CHEC and have no relationship with CHEC in Belize or in Cayman. And I’m just waiting to see who will say I have any other connection than what my letter says…” Asked to explain Bush told CNS, “You’ve seen what I’ve written. That’s what it is!! You or any one else just try to say more!!!”

Bush said he had nothing to elaborate on but added further emphatic denials: “What I know is I’m doing no business with China Harbour nor any Chinese company in Cayman. Nothing in Cayman much less anything to do with our Government!!”

Government admitted earlier this year that CHEC had submitted applications during the bidder pre-qualification stage of the current process for the George Town cruise berthing facility. Since then it emerged that the Chinese firm had not continued with its bid.

However, in recent weeks the company appears to have re-engaged, and unconfirmed sources have indicated that the company may now be one of the remaining three bidder groups engaged in talks and government’s preferred choice. CHEC is said to be in talks with government offering to finance not just the George Town project but also a possible pier in West Bay by the Cayman Turtle Centre and a dock on Cayman Brac — a recent proposal that emerged in the National Tourism Plan, published this week.

Government has said very little about how the tendering process is advancing, as no tender documents, plans or redesigns have been published; the talks appear to be continuing behind closed doors with several groups that involve international firms and cruise lines in partnerships with well-known local contractors.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I was driving on the ETH today and saw a traffic sign “Bush Cutting”. Tempting, very tempting…maybe a sign from the heavens?

  2. Anonymous says:

    ohhhhh….the arrogance!!???????

  3. Anonymous says:

    Is there any coincidence that both Hell and Mckeeva Bush reside in WB

    I think not

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is it a consulting firm or an insulting one? Sue me already.

    • Anonymous says:

      Kudo’s Mr Speaker as you are trying to make our islands great. Keep up the good work sir along with the rest of the Unity Team!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sick of McKeeva! Can’t even reach him for valid WBNW constituency matters!! What’s his purpose to his constituents??!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Q. If someone is using their political career and sway to arrange high-level meetings and intros, how is that NOT a form of influence peddling for CHEC? Why else would he do it?

  7. Anonymous says:

    where are all the macbots????

    • Anonymous says:

      They finally woke up, Mac will not even be elected in 2021, he can’t even get his usual 4 seats in WB anymore and failed to get any elsewhere, now he is resigned to being Alden’s puppet and trying on his get rich and get out schemes. He needs to go far and stay long

      • Anonymous says:

        He is not Alden’s puppet but rather the other way round as Alden is his as Alden is now pursuing McKeeva’s policies not those of PPM

        • Anonymous says:

          You don’t know the Alden I know! He is squarely in charge don’t let anyone fool you

    • Ron Ebanks says:

      8:07 am , there are no more macbots left , they all became kirkdartbots .

  8. Anonymous says:

    A consulting firm??? On what topics? Based on what education & experience? Anyone engaging that company should immediately be considered suspect.

    • Anonymous says:

      Look at his letter, he is now a Dr. and has a Bsc. degree.

      The Seventh Day Adventists University in Jamaica was going to award him a doctorate degree after the $1 Million “Donstion” funded by Caymanian taxpayers. The “Donation” was returned and the Dr. withdrawn.

      Now it looks like he must have still awarded himself the doctorate degree!!!

      What a bombastic representative he is of the Csyman Islands.

      Alden how much more damage are you going to allow him to do before removing him from being Speaker?

      CNS: For the record, Auntie covered this in her column – Is McKeeva Bush a ‘doctor’? Sadly, Mr Bush’s input was not very illuminating about where the doctorate came from.

      • Anonymous says:

        This is an embarrassment to those who studied long and hard to obtain their doctorate. He doesn’t even realise how stupid he appears, by signing his name and title to his scribbling with horrible spelling and sentence structure. Mr. Bush the designation of doctorate along with you obvious lack of education is pitiful. No one is expecting you to do that!

      • Anonymous says:

        i think he was awarded an honorary doctorate by some institution in Canada but I do not know the reason he was so honored

    • Anonymous says:

      CHEC suspect ? Say it ain’t so.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This guy. Sheesh. Can we just at least pretend he’s in jail?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I see Mac’s written English has improved.

    • Anonymous says:

      Anyone uncomfortable that the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly who is to remain neutral politically is supporting a company that is bidding on a local govt contract?

      • Anonymous says:

        Naw. But it’s great weather here in paradise and with Dart around looks like a good economy for a while.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well he still calls himself “Dr”. Guess last time in the US he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Why is it that when a politician ’emphatically’ denies something it raises immediate suspicion?

  12. Anonymous says:

    big mac…the perfect example of why all status holders should be allowed run for office.

  13. Anonymous says:

    When you sign your name with a fake “Dr.” doesn’t that make everything in the document suspect?

  14. Anonymous says:

    knock knock….here to collect CAESAR’s taxes….???? we need them to build a dock for crusise passengers in GT. So the rich can prosper…tee hee haw haw haw!

  15. Anonymous says:

    “What I know is I’m doing no business with China Harbour nor any Chinese company in Cayman. Nothing in Cayman much less anything to do with our Government!!”

    He maybe right, nothing in Cayman, didn’t say nothing anywhere else.. just not in Cayman.

    What a muppet.

    • SSM345 says:

      In other words “I nah doing nuttin with them in Cayman so it nah matter, and what I do in other countries none of unnah business”. Can we please remove this XXXX now. If people of this country don’t realize that these XXXX that are ruining our reputation are innit for themselves and no one else then we need to do an elector test before you cast a ballot.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I much as I do NOT support the dock in Cayman, I do support some sort of development in the Brac to draw money there to help it’s local economy but NOT at the expense of the very thing people come here to see and NOT through CHEC. Read Glidden’s article in the related stories. Look at the permit concessions Mr. Love of Country McKeeva Bush would have given CHEC. Was there a guarantee that when the project was done all those new work permit holders would have been leaving? I bet not. Bush would have given out 300 permits to Chinese workers, jobs locals could have done but hey at least it wasn’t 100% of the jobs right? Had to add the token Caymanian in there.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Once again the bully from West Bay threatens court action if someone has an opinion of their own. Such a clASS act.

    “revealed that he was in Belize consulting for Sinopharm and introducing CHEC to possible business partners.”

    Isn’t that working for/on behalf CHEC? Actually going to Belize? I mean he could have picked up the phone and called someone but to actually get on a plane and GO to another country? Did he buy the ticket? If not I would say that amounts to some kind of professional relationship which added with introducing them to potential customers would mean, even in a very small capacity.. working for CHEC.

  18. Anonymous says:

    When are Caymanians going to wake up ? Does he have to murder someone before we see his for what he really is ? Alden Mclaughlin I am so embarrassed for our country that you joined this man and made him our Honorable Speaker. I hope you are prepared to reap the whirlwind that is coming

    • Anonymous says:

      Alden did the best he could with the hand that the voters handed him. A country gets the kind of government they deserve.

    • Anonymous says:

      The unity team will be ousted next election.

    • anonymous says:

      2.28pm I could not agree more, unfortunately Alden has plumbed the depths and set a new record low in political dishonour by going to bed with his arch enemy.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t he being paid to do a job for the Caymanian people?

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you think he cares when it comes to his own personal gain? He is a low life bottom feeder.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Bureaucratic harassement!!!!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    All these years and mac still can’t sort himself out..you either the good guy or the bad guy b. I’m sure he’s learnt the hard way over time that you can’t be both.

  22. Anonymous says:

    How much longer will the Caymanian populace sit idly by and watch fiascos such as these be unveiled?

    The time is at hand to stand up shoulder to shoulder and say enough is enough!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Anyone else uncomfortable that the speaker of the house is working for a foreign government? Sinopharm is half state owned by the Chinese Government.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh gosh, gobble gook!! What a cackle, threat of another lawsuit. How many of those are out there pending now? How much longer will we as a country be content with this load of crap!!

      • Anonymous says:

        We had a lot of “crap” like this going on up North and we did do something about it during the latest presidential election. We’re taking some heat for this decision because it may not seem like the most internationally popular one, but we are very happy with the outcome so far.
        When is your turn.?.

        • Anonymous says:

          If you only watch Fox News, you’re going to be very surprised where the whole thing “up North” is going.

        • Anonymous says:

          Oh dear! Are you really referring to the “great orange hope” – that is like jumping out of the frying pan straight into hell. As much as we would like to make some changes , no thanks for your example.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t know which is worse, listening to him speak or reading what he has written?

      • OneVoice says:

        I can’t agree with your more. This man would appear can do no wrong or has done nothing wrong. Now to top it of he is a “DOCTOR” of what? my guess is of BS. LOL

  24. Anonymous says:

    Ah, the bright light of transparency….

  25. Anonymous says:

    Maybe consulting about super secret security service firm…oh no wait that was a lie

  26. Anonymous says:

    What’s that smell?

  27. Anonymous says:

    politicians the world over…????

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