Bryan sorry for video, promises to try harder

| 14/07/2022 | 140 Comments
Cayman News Service
Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan

(CNS): Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan, the MP for George Town Central, has apologised for a video he posted on social media last weekend promoting his wife’s real state business. Acknowledging that he “got this wrong”, he accepted that it was a breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct and said he fully supports the code and the principles of good governance that it was designed to enhance. He said he would redouble his efforts to ensure his actions are in keeping with the highest ethical standards.

There has been no comment from Premier Wayne Panton about the video, in which Bryan was seen helping his wife, Michele, hand out leaflets about her business in his constituency. Though clearly done without malice, this was a misuse of his powers of office. However, Opposition Leader Roy McTaggart has called the video “shocking” and criticised the minister’s “egregious conduct”, for which McTaggart said he should apologise. Three days later, Bryan has done just that.

“In relation to the video, I got this wrong and apologise unreservedly to my constituents, the people of the Cayman Islands, the governor, the premier and my other colleagues in the PACT Administration,” he said. “I would like to reassure everyone that I fully support the Code of Conduct and the principles of good governance it was designed to enhance. Going forward, I will redouble my efforts to ensure that my actions are in keeping with the highest ethical standards of the office I am humbled to hold on behalf of the people of the Cayman Islands.”

Bryan said he took his responsibilities to the people of the Cayman Islands very seriously and was proud to be a minister, and proud to be a husband and father who cares for his family and strives to support their dreams and aspirations.

The first ever Ministerial Code of Conduct was rolled out by the PACT Government less than one year ago and Bryan is the second of the eight ministers to breach it. The first was Bernie Bush, who breached the code earlier this year over his interference in the succession plan for the chief fire officer. He was suspended from office for two weeks and lost the home affairs portfolio.

There is no indication at this stage that Bryan will be sanctioned for his ministerial faux pas.

See his full statement below:


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  1. Anon says:

    I struggle to understand what criteria the electorate in GTC use when they vote for this individual..

  2. Anonymous says:

    this dude has always been a total clown show. sometimes it is better to keep your mouth shut and let them think you are a moron than it is to speak and remove all doubt – KJ

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve learned over the years that when politicians say ‘sorry’ in a situation like they’re never actually sorry for what they did, they’re simply sorry about getting caught doing it!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    A graduate of Macversity, West Bay Campus

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  5. Anonymous says:

    If an MP either has not bothered to read the very Code/Rules he is bound by OR read them and didnt understand….what are the chances he is reading and/or understanding the documents put before him to sign.

    This is scary.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Fundamentally, how does somebody try harder when they aren’t willing to understand and exercise their standing obligations? He should forfeit the Tourism Ministry and reflect on that for a couple weeks on leave, otherwise, like too many in Parliamentary life, start the countdown timer to the next remarkable gaffe.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Kenneth is just not minister material. PERIOD!!!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Caymanians need to rethink the word “Honorable”

    Still two illegal billboards in GT

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  9. Anony says:

    Neither Honourable Kenneth or Honourable Bernie should be Ministers. Hon. Bernie remarkable comments about a Senior Civil Servant should never enter the thoughts of Minister of Government. Hon Kenneth’s rehabilitation from his past is admirable but he constantly displays a questionable approach to his daily walk which shows he has not reached the carrying capacity for Ministerial responsibility.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Um no.
    Im Soo tired of CI govt royal mess-ups and excuses.
    Especially so as they are actually above the laws they make! There should be more accountable.
    So no punishment yet again after another self investigation I’m sure.Why not let the Ombudsman investigate?
    They all gave Themselves fat raises, big vehicles and bonuses while throwing crumbs for their people.
    While not investigating the Stipend criminals.
    While some ignoring ethics almost in a weekly basis in personal affairs.
    While hiding details of billion dollar contracts for they are so call commercially sensitive yet you are not commercially elected.
    While enjoying a mega salary they gave themselves.
    And a pensilion and other benefits for life.
    While passing a law that says it’s illegal to criticize officials as far as I recall.
    Enough.
    You want mini politicians in constituencies to hold mega positions on the world stage? No.
    Give us national elections please.
    Allow permanent residents to vote too.
    I don’t want to bring the wife into this. But she did. Just to say I’m sure she is already benefitting enough from having a Minister Husband on Cabinet which approves concessions and waivers fees etc.
    Sorry is not Sorry.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t look very sorry last night living up the Premium VIP on our dime.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Little to no college education. Clearly does not understand his position and responsibilities. Troubled past.
    Not qualified to represent.

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    • Yikes says:

      combine that with a high level of hubris and entitlement and its a recipe for disaster.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Had no college education either so stop that crap! Know what is right and what is wrong,

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    • Anonymous says:

      But he is qualified. Multi generational. No criminal convictions for dishonesty or an offence with a sentence over 12 months. Didn’t travel extensively outside the country. And that’s it nobody. No need to meet a minimum IQ or educational standard or demonstrate previous management ability or working experience.

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