Ebanks accepts Bush’s claim he was ‘attacked’

| 27/01/2021 | 171 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. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t realise the Capt had a voice. Never used it before in his MLA career. He’s another dinosaur who needs an asteroid.

    • Kaya now says:

      Heller the long and short of this disgraceful Speaker and now even more despicable Parliament members is for every registered tvoter to do their civic duty and kick their Rass Oita de yard ( Parliament) So said so mote it be!!✋🏼.

  2. Anonymous says:

    go drive around west bay any day and see who you meet…
    there you have your west bay electorate and everthing will make sense.

  3. Anonymous says:

    On another note, will anyone be questioning where his challenger is getting her campaign funds from? Is it from the NAU assistance she receives monthly?

  4. Cranky says:

    Seems to me that if Bush is telling people that she attacked him first, she’s got a pretty good case for defamation, easily proven with the video, which would have to be produced as part of a civil law suit. If there was an award of damages against him, Bush would have to share part of his fat wages with his victim, which would be some measure of justice.

    • Anonymous says:

      The only reason he’s claiming that is that particular video was a bad angle and couldn’t prove otherwise…same problem with FL casino footage where he probably claimed the poor waitresses ass attached his groping hand.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes!!!!!! She should definitely sue this big-mouth buffoon for defamation of character! I hope a lawyer offers their services for this for free.

    • Anonymous says:

      Isn’t it also abusing and harassing on an ICT network?

  5. Right ya so says:

    Pathetic. All of our MLAs disgust me, the fact that a number of them beat their wives/girlfriend’s/women is not a secret, but the disgust I have for the female MLAs is immeasurable. Barbara and Tara – shame on you both. We need some Ed Ed and Miss Annie in that house.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Politriks have started…poor captn….have to be careful with these phones buddy.

  7. Ebanks and Bush are truly Disgusting says:

    Enraged, sad, embarrassed and I am in now way connected to this debacle. Imagine how the victim feels. Put yourself in her shoes.
    Any West Bay voter with an inkling of empathy, decency and pride will send these ridiculously useless and disgusting clowns to the curb in May.

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      Someone has to step up to run against them. This is not the only district which desperately needs a political enema.

      • Anonymous says:

        Pretty low bar to beat…really only need some integrity and ethics…pretty scarce commodity in the Cayman political pool….even the few new candidates aren’t speaking out against this or Losers’ severance package…sounds like more that just want a salary and maybe some proceeds of corruption.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The time has come for this to be put on the global media stage and all the names put in lights – these bleepity bleep ash-shoals get more emboldened the more they get away with – in no uncertain terms it has to stop 🛑

  9. Anonymous says:

    Captain Eugene is the Clarence Thomas of Cayman.

    Empty vessel collecting a fat paycheck for nap time.

  10. Anonymous says:

    West Bayers sold their dignity for washing machines and paved driveway many years ago.

  11. Anonymous says:

    VoTe every one of those mofos out of office!

  12. anon says:

    Common sense tells us the only reason that Bush has got away with this is the fear of retaliation if they boot him out. If they destroy his career, he will be able to do the same to them.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Eugene’s face says it all. Light is on but no one is home.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love how we crucify a person for a mistake. Let the man serve his sentence with dignity! Big up Hon. Speaker Bush for not letting the detractors get in the way of your record of good service!

    • Anonymous says:

      3:37 pm, so you are saying it’s ok to beat up on a woman and continue in the second highest Government position in the land, your sure are not the sharpest tool in the shed, Shane on you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you mad or have no decency? Do you know the meaning of DIGNITY?

    • Anonymous says:

      You claim that this was a mistake. You should had advised him to apologize to the person he hurt. That is the recourse when we make mistakes. Not lie about how someone’s death has affected him.
      Whatever service he gave he was paid hansomely and not from the goodness of his heart.

    • Anonymous says:

      How would you feel if it was your daughter at the end of his fists? Disgusting attitude. Any other country he would be gone! What are you promoting? It’s ok to continuously abuse women? He has a long history of abusive behavior towards women, remember Florida? Have you been in the bars when he has been there? Disgusting condoning such repulsive behavior. My poor girls. They need better role models

    • Anonymous says:

      I have to assume ‘your record’ being his criminal record and ‘good service’ when doting Hon Speaker Bush as your lawnmower man. ‘Dignity’ the only person who should be extended dignity here is the victim of ‘Hon Speaker Bush’s’ disgusting attack instead of having lies about her spewed around the place by fellow MPs

    • Anonymous says:

      But it wasn’t just ONE mistake. Evidently he acts the same all the time. His usual drunken stupor.
      He’s an aggressive boorish drunken lout. When he’s been drinking…

    • Anonymous says:

      3:37 – Are you being serious or out to troll? The guy beat a woman in public and the punishment was far less than what is given to quarantine violators.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Dumb and dumber. Whogene’s only accomplishment is sleeping during the LA sessions. My fellow Caymanians what the f**k is wrong with unna. Why are we accepting this? Any other country would have stormed the LA and kicked his stupid ass all the
    way back to his yard by now. They are all having a good laugh at our expense.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or if he isn’t sleeping, he’s playing Candy Crush Saga on his tablet!

    • Anonymous says:

      Eugene is dumb and has just put the final nail in his political career. Mac made a public statement some weeks back, that because od his age, he would be backing young Caymanians in the 2021 election and mentor them to take over Cayman politics. He has Rolston Anglin running in WBN and is courting Engene’s opponent in WBC, so what happens to him will be by Mac’s design.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The way I see it is that politicians have been given a responsibility by God to live up to their promises.
    The fact that most of them turn out to be dishonest sleaze bags is to their detriment.
    I am incredibly disappointed in Eden and Suckoo. These men had the opportunity to really make a statement against the evils of the system, but they chose silence, except for the resistance against gay marriage.
    This is why we will have Obama McLaughlin again.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Oh my god. WhoGene can actually speak. First thing he has said as a politician in 25 year!

  18. Anonymous says:

    One for the lawyers: How is McKeeva Bush not held in contempt of the court for maintaining this false narrative that “he was attacked first” and thus she somehow deserved his repeated barrages? He had previously admitted being blackout drunk during this stupor, partially-admitted fault, and half-apologized in writing to the community, naming his victim in the process, and suggesting that the accosting of server staff was his special way of disgracing the memory of his own daughter. How is his continuing to walk-back and re-write the evening’s CCTV events not a violation of his non-custodial probation, and should Capt Eugene also face charges?

  19. Anonymous says:

    This isn’t terribly surprising, but it does upset me that I have to add Eugene to the long lost of politicians I once thought were decent people. May have disagreed with them politically, but fundamentally they were known to me as honest and honorable people. I was wrong about them all and its very sad…and maddening.

  20. WBC NEW Voter says:

    Eugene has been in the LA, now Parliament for 20 years. Can and will Eugene provide to the public a list of either 20 questions OR 20 motions that he has brought to the house since he won his first term. For the money you are paid, you should at least be asking 1 question per year or moving 1 motion per year. Eugene, please show us your worth as an elected MP and former MLA. The country awaits your response.

    • Anonymous says:

      That response would take work. He doesn’t understand that word.

    • Anonymous says:

      And Soler and PomPom is your flight crew on the SAAB to the Brac tomorrow. But maybe you will have better luck seeing them fly the plane before Whogene answers your questions as he cant.

  21. The Muppet show theme song comes to mind when I think about some of our elected officials …. I wonder why.

    Female Chorus:
    Ir’s time to play the music
    It’s time to light the lights
    It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight

    Male Chorus:
    It’s time to put on makeup
    It’s time to dress up right
    It’s time to raise the curtain on the Muppet Show tonight

    Waldorf:
    Why do we always come here

    Statler:
    I guess we’ll never know

    Waldorf:
    It’s like a kind of torture

    Both:
    To have to watch the show

    Kermit:
    To introduce our guest star
    That’s what I’m here to do
    So it really makes me happy
    To introduce to you … Our MLAs.

    https://genius.com/The-muppets-the-muppet-show-theme-lyrics

    • Anonymous says:

      More like:

      “Bananas in pajamas are coming down the stairs,
      Bananas in pajamas are coming down in pairs,
      Bananas in pajamas are chasing teddy bears,
      ’cause on Tuesdays they all try to catch them unawares”

    • Anonymous says:

      If these guys are sock puppets, imagine where McKeeva’s forearm is.

  22. all their condemnation is saved for gays says:

    What a disgrace you people are. With the possible exception of Ezzard and Arden, not one of you is a states-man or states-woman. Most of you are filled with condemnation for gays (who have done nothing wrong) — but when it come to condemning actual wrongdoing, like what the court ruled that McKeeva did, you people have nothing to say. What utter HYPOCRITES you are.

    • Anonymous says:

      In it for the money…lost the port payday and now looking like they might not be re-elected so gonna pay themselves loser severance….they are going to pillage until the last hour. Disgusting

    • Anonymous says:

      We should vote out any Member who has not condemned McKeeva’s actions and called for his resignation.
      They’ve had their chance to stand up and be counted. Their silence speaks volumes and they should be replaced.

    • Anonymous says:

      Daughter?… was just an excuse to gain sympathy from the Courts and those fools that would believe his B@#@#S

  23. N says:

    One second….didn’t he say in his apology that he has no recollection of the night’s events? So how is he so certain now that Livia attacked him?

    • Anonymous says:

      First he had no recollection…then some texts were found so he had “some recollection”…then one of the camera’s couldn’t prove otherwise so he recalled possibly being attached. What a pathetic loser that “Honorable” mla is.

    • Anonymous says:

      The churches and their so called LEADERS regarding sin, is only about gays and abortions.
      Remember their public demonstrations. And in all night prayers about the civil rights union.
      Heard about a sermon on the 10 commandments, the preacher said someone had stole his brand new bicycle. On and on about stealing and that thieves go to hell. When he reached “Thou shalt not commit adultery” he suddenly remember where he had left his bicycle.

      They will not speak against their members no matter what they do. If hypocracy was a disease these church goers and their leaders would be on life support!!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    LOL
    “she attacked me”
    LOL
    What are you ? A puss* ?
    Did you forget a camera was recording ?
    You are a piece of **** !

  25. Ambassador of Absurdistan says:

    Just Another Day in Absurdistan

  26. Anonymous says:

    If the video clearly shows this, maybe someone should release the video.

    • Anonymous says:

      You know it should be released…maybe it will embarrass the crown enough to do something. The people of this OT do not want to be represented by this behavior and our slimy conflicted government obviously isn’t doing anything about it.

  27. Anonymous says:

    19 members.

    2x confirmed woman beaters
    1x confirmed drug dealer
    ……
    Keep the list going…

    #stayclassycayman

  28. Anonymous says:

    If that’s the case, let us ALL see the video and make our own “benefit of the doubt” opinion.

    Really. The video is being hidden from the public because of the outrage it would cause.
    What official from where is keeping this hidden from the public? Why is he so protected at this point??

  29. Anonymous says:

    palm of his hand must of been attacked by that lady in Florida too…

  30. RES IPSA LOQUITUR says:

    Alden McLauglin – NO SHAME
    Moses Kirkconnell – NO SHAME
    Roy McTaggart – NO SHAME
    Joey Hew – NO SHAME
    Juliana O’Connor-Connolly – NO SHAME
    Tara Rivers – NO SHAME
    Dwayne Seymour – NO SHAME
    Barbara Connolly – NO SHAME
    David Wight – NO SHAME
    Eugene Ebanks – NO SHAME
    Austin Harris – NO SHAME
    Arden McLean – NO SHAME
    Alva Suckoo – NO SHAME
    Chris Saunders – NO SHAME
    Anthony Eden – NO SHAME
    Bernie Bush – NO SHAME
    Kenneth Bryan – NO SHAME

    Their silence says everything about them individually and collectively as leaders of the country. The burying their head in the sand mentality is unacceptable. It is clear they are a large part of Cayman’s problem and must not be allowed to continue in any leadership role as they lack the qualities we need e.g. morals, ethics, decency, integrity and ability to do the right thing for Cayman.

    What more evidence is required after this latest mess to conclude they are all unfit for public service?

    • Anonymous says:

      To be fair the Official opposition and Mr Miller voted to hold a meeting of the LA expressly to force the government to address the issue ( I know memories are short in Cayman) but Kenneth Bryan is the person who refused to join them and allow that to happen

      https://caymannewsservice.com/2020/03/bryan-blocks-meeting-ousting-speaker/

      • Anonymous says:

        slight addendum to my comment here: it wasn’t a vote per se it was a letter that would have forced a special session of the house
        but in either case apart from the word “voted” the details are correct
        Kenneth Bryan refused to sign onto the letter that would have allowed the Opposition to force a special session of the LA

      • Anonymous says:

        Kenneth. That stooge is even more useless than Eugene.

      • Anonymous says:

        Kenneth Bryan I have a VOTE for Sale if the price is right you get it if not it goes to the next highest bidder

    • Mickey Mouse says:

      The list on MPs that you have listed as NO SHAME would be incorrect. Note the leader of opposition has also called for his removal,therefore his documentented call would be on behalf of the opposition. So Arden, Alva, Bernie, Chris and Anthony would also be considered calling for his removal as they are the official opposition.

      • Anonymous says:

        Then let’s put it this way: if they want to hide behind Arden then they have…NO SHAME!

      • Anonymous says:

        How long did it take for Arden McLean Leader of Opposition to figure out that McKeeva needs to go?

        Answer: Only after the public made it clear such behavior is reprehensible and will have consequences on the outcome of the 2021 elections.

      • Anonymous says:

        No. Arden made a weak half-hearted effort only due to pressure from voters, and and nearly a year after he should have spoken up. His actions suggest he would have preferred to do nothing. None of the other opposition members have said a word. It’s better than nothing but not by much.

    • Anonymous says:

      the most interesting one to me is Anthony Eden. He was so outspoken about gay marriage. So to be clear he doesn’t like women to marry women but he does like women to get their ass beat

  31. Anonymous says:

    This place is more like Animal House every day! Someone needs to tell Mac that “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.”

    • Anonymous says:

      He seems to be doing quite well with that model from his own perspective – it certainly seems to be bearing fruit economically and from a career politics perspective, and I am not sure he gives a damn about the moral perspective, or if you believe in that, his immortal soul.

    • Anonymous says:

      LOL…sadly it’s worked out pretty well for the Teflon Blob.

    • Anonymous says:

      Has no grade point average.

  32. Nauticalone345 says:

    Disgusting excuse for humanity much more so for “Leaders or representatives”🤮 All except Mr. Miller need to go!

  33. Anonymous says:

    This is exactly why the public needs to see the CCTV footage – to judge for themselves the conduct of this disgraced Speaker! That said, the Court did have the opportunity to view the video evidence and as a result, Bush was convicted despite his odious attempt to persuade the court not to record a conviction.

    If Ebanks is the measure of how elected officials try to protect their colleagues in the so-called Parliament, no wonder everyone has to turn to God for guidance!!

  34. Anonymous says:

    and people wonder why most expats think most caymanians are poorly educated half-wits…????

    CNS:
    Only a certain type of expat thinks this. Please don’t malign all expats.

    • Anonymous says:

      CNS, I am not expat and I am not caymanian, and oh year, caymanians are lost !
      Sad, but true. Lack of education and these “leaders” ? What a bomb for society.
      It’s just a beautiful to stay 3, 4 days and leave.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mr Eugene is just a sponge who follows Mac around like a cockroach to a shit. Do not give any credence to anything that man says. He has done nothing in his career other than follow like a sheep
      Mac needs to settle down hang up his ugly wig and retire gracefully ( or not as the case nay be)

      • Anonymous says:

        Wait…he HAS managed to have at least one decent nap during every LA/Parliament session and chime up every time when his politicial friends catch any heat (Exhibit A above).

        Hard at work all right!! Pink slips soon come.

    • Anonymous says:

      He didn’t malign all expats – he said most!

    • Anonymous says:

      Heard that Huricane Ivan damaged a policitician library. The distraught politician was going through the damage trying to save their precious books. But were only able to save two books from their prized collection. A coloring book they had just started another coloring book that they hadn’t started yet.

  35. Anonymous says:

    cayman deserves what it gets….
    when it refuses to let the most educated and successful in society from being able to run for office.

  36. Bongos in control. says:

    Who voted for these idiots. Surely enough is enough West Bay.

    • Anonymous says:

      They done scraped all they can get outa that barrel, this is all they have left.

    • Anonymous says:

      What is revealling is that West Bay must have a good number of ignorant people. Difficult to deny this level of ignorance when they are happy with primary school level education as they continue to vote for poor Lil KEYKEY . And as token of their contentment they need to give Lil Capt. Whogene a vote since he never strays from far from side. A very devoted sidekick.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Everyone who knows me knows where I stand on the issue says the man who has refused for a year to actually speak out on this issue (as we are now coming up on one year since the assault)

    Caymanians who elect idiots like Mckeev Bush and Eugene Ebanks deserve the type of government that comes along with them

  38. JTB says:

    These people are disgusting. Ezzard is the only one of the whole sordid bunch with a shred of integrity.

    Get them all out. They are a disgrace.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Shades, you smarter than this. You have been loyal for many years, no need help recycle the trash. Lets take out the garbage and get rid of that scent.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Eugene Ebanks is a moron. The End

    • Anonymous says:

      Eugene has not held one meeting with his constituents since he was elected for WBS.

      Many of his constituents have tried to reach him to have CUC Lights rectified, Flooding addressed, Speed bumps, even assistance when there was the flooding during the tropical storm.

      He never came out to check on anyone! Or send any of his goons to check around the various neighborhoods, to see if anyone needed help or rescue or any type of aid.

      How can we elect him in again?!?!

      We need a representative that is P-R-E-S-E-N-T. One who returns calls, emails or other types of messages and actually shows up when he makes a promise to come to talk with you. Not say that he is coming, but he is at the supermarket and will come by right after…we’ve been waiting for over 3 years for that visit and he still a no show!

      Eugene needs to RETIRE and do what he does best, N-O-T-H-I-N-G in his own damn house, not the people’s house in 2021!

      • Anonyminniemouse says:

        I’m sure its a typo, but Eugene is the elected member for WBC not WBS, that honour falls to Tara who is about as equally active in her representation of her constituents.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yes, it is a typo.

          Accidentally hit the wrong key as I was typing fast and did not proof read my words before hitting submit.

          Lesson learned.
          Would never disrespect the Honourable Tara Rivers in that way.

  41. Anonymous says:

    You know that Whogene will never say anything other than what Sweet Daddy Mac wants him to say.

  42. Anonymous says:

    These men are true National Heroes – elect a statue to them!

    • Anonymous says:

      The statue for those two plus Alden – the 3 monkey’s, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil!

      • Anonymous says:

        The three monkeys are supposed to represent wisdom which is not the case in this instance.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Can they make the video public now? It’s in the public interest now that the case is settled.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Muppet

  45. Anonymous says:

    Bwahahahahaha

  46. Anonymous says:

    Well atleast he’s a loyal friend, they’re hard to find these days.

    • Anonymous says:

      Must be especially hard for women beating drunk a-holes…although all his fellow government officials also supported him with their silence.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Two POS in a pod.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Shame on them all.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Birds of a feather… All of the silent MP’s are condoning Mckeeva’s behavior.

  50. Anonymous says:

    She should of left his fat drunk ass on the ground. He’s not worth the time or effort to try and help. Disgrace to the country.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, perhaps with the benefit of hindsight…but alas, she’s hardwired to be kind and awesome, so would probably try to help him up again even today. Being awesome is not a character flaw in my opinion, and should not be rewarded with this vileness.

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