Ebanks accepts Bush’s claim he was ‘attacked’

| 27/01/2021 | 172 Comments
Cayman News Service
McKeeva Bush with Eugene Ebanks MP

(CNS): The West Bay Central MP and McKeeva Bush’s long-time political side-kick and running mate, Capt Eugene Ebanks, has accepted claims made by Bush, which were rejected by the court, that Livia Kwong, the victim of his assault, attacked him first. As constituents across Cayman pressure their MPs to respond to Bush’s conviction in the face of their largely silent complicity, a constituent in WBC shared the response he received from Ebanks with CNS.

The voter told us he was terribly disappointed with Ebanks’ excuses for Bush. The West Bay constituent, who had messaged Ebanks via the WhatsApp platform, said he felt that, despite claims by Ebanks that he didn’t condone violence against women, “his response was pathetic” over Bush’s conviction for a violent assault on a woman in the workplace.

He had also urged Ebanks to speak publicly as it was important that everyone heard the position MPs were taking. But with Ebanks, like most other members of the House remaining silent, the voter sent the WhatsApp exchange to us.

In the message to the voter, Ebanks said he did not condone that type of behaviour, no matter what the circumstances are. But the long-standing West Bay representative went on to say, “After the incident I had a meeting with McKeeva to get a better understanding of what really happened, he said that she attacked him first and the video did show that.”

However, these claims made by Bush were rejected by the court during his sentencing hearing and the video did not show Kwong attacking Bush.

Ebanks went on to say that he made Bush understand that he did not want “to be guilty by association and that I do not condone that type of behavior”. Ebanks added, “He has been a political colleague and friend for 20 years and I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but he knows and everyone who knows me knows where I stand on this issue.”

But according to the court’s findings, there was no benefit of the doubt to be given to Bush, who was convicted on an agreed set of facts, which did not include Kwong attacking Bush at any time. THE court determined that Kwong was at the time of the attack trying to assist Bush, who had collapsed in a drunken state on a pathway at the Coral Bay Beach Bar.

While the community has been outraged at Bush’s behaviour, the silence of the majority of MPs has further enraged many voters who are demanding a response from each member before the election as to why they have not removed Bush from his prestigious office as speaker.

Ezzard Miller MP has openly called for Bush’s removal since he was arrested, and Opposition Leader Arden McLean also wrote to the premier earlier this month requesting that he remove Bush from office. However, few MPs have made public comments about the situation and not one member of the government bench has asked for Bush to resign.

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said almost nothing about Bush’s behaviour but told CNS at the end of last year that he would not be seeking the speaker’s resignation because that would pose a threat to his coalition government and force unwelcome early elections.

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  1. West Bay Central is sticking with EUGENE !!!!! says:

    Trade Eugene?

    For Kathy and her Best Friend Forever Sandra Hill?

    NO WAY!
    NO HOW!

    Kathy is GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION with her bestie SANDRA HILL who apparently doesn’t leave her side!

    There’s not a chance in hell that Kathy or any candidates that CAYMAN MARL ROAD is running will get our votes!

    • Mouse says:

      Eugene might be quiet in Parliament, but he does have the back of those he represents. Kathy I is just seeking opportunity. Like lots of the independents she is fake and is hoping to get in and then do nothing but collect our money. I am sticking with who I know. Vote Captain E.

      • anonymoose says:

        Boy – that is such a wasted vote – Eugene does nothing, never shows up, and is a runner for that idiot mackeeva – get rid of him please!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Moses and Julie never had a public meeting after election .

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m shocked at the corruption in Cayman.

    A new arrival who will be gone as soon as COVID is finished. I thought this was a safe, clean community, very disappointed.

  4. Nancy says:

    Absolutely shameful. Should not be in any public position. Is this how we teach our children to behave? Mess up. No consequences. Will certainly not vote for anyone who condones this.

  5. Truth says:

    Well, his mom and dad, wife and any offspring, should be well proud of the village idiot. He sold his soul to the devil.

    What a waste of good air to allow him to breathe.

    The issue with all them is that when a real man comes along they cower like sheep because they know they cant fight a real man, that’s why the hit women. It makes them feel good.

    But right now they are protected. Question is what they gonna do when time run out and they out of office.

    100% whoop ass on them. Like the old saying goes “SOON COME MAN”….

    • Chanze says:

      You should not talk about ones mom or dad or any of his offspring fact: is mon is dead dad is dead and one of his offsprings are dead. Asshole

  6. Anonymous says:

    thank you to the constituent with the courage and rectitude in reaching out to CNS thus making us all aware of the continuing systemic disgrace amongst our MP’s – word & action of the moment ‘unity’ we can together

  7. Anonymous says:

    Makeewa 4ewah!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Capt. Eugene is also involved in the new development of million dollar condo’s in Barkers. Just sayin.

  9. ANONNYMUS says:

    Ebanks is a gutless, spineless, waste of space

  10. Anonymous says:

    That man makes me sick.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Did she attack him first or was it a blind rage over the loss of his daughter? Which excuse will the buffoon stick with?

    • Anonymous says:

      You are missing the one about being unable to remember the events in question, which seems a tad contradictory to the first excuse.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wow, what a spot on reflection of the Cayman Islands as a whole. A favorite place of tax cheats and money launderers…that is run by the trashiest of the human kind.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Livia, if you’re reading this, you need to sue Mac’s mudder-r*ss to kingdom come!

    • Anonymous says:

      I dare bet there’s a few Mac buddies you can go after too for encouraging Mac’s rampage. They’re all complicit.

  14. Anonymous says:

    forget try to get a response from our pathetic mla’s…
    the heat should be turned up on the governor whose response so far has been as equally weak and pathetic…

    • Anonymous says:

      release the tapes…and UK will turn up heat on Governor! They wouldn’t be very proud of the association.
      How bout sending to UK and other international press on March 8th International Woman’s Day?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Where are the official statements of condemnation from the islands’ wrath-fearing clergy? Says it all.

  16. Truth says:

    I am sorry but before all this I had, HAD, THE UTMOST RESPECT for Ebanks.

    Now, his stature has diminished significantly in my view.

    I thought he was a man but I can clearly see he is just a little boy.

    I thought he was someone to look up to. He is someone to be scorned and vialed.

    Sorry eugene, but as the old saying goes. YOU MAKE YOUR BED, YOU LAY IN IT.

    That’s how you will be remembered. As a pansy for bush.

  17. JTB says:

    Miss Kwong should sue McKeeva for slander. I’ll take her case for free

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