Mac’s back in official role as PS to two ministers

| 07/12/2023 | 151 Comments
Governor Jane Owen hands McKeeva Bush his PS appointment certificate

(CNS): Just days before McKeeva Bush MP (WBW) was supposed to face trial, accused of indecently assaulting two female civil servants, he was given an official role in the new UPM Government. According to a press release from the CIG communications department, Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has appointed Bush as parliamentary secretary to Border Control and Culture Minister Dwayne Seymour and to Planning, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport and Development Minister Jay Ebanks.

Despite Bush’s existing criminal conviction for assault and his pending legal troubles, O’Connor-Connolly has placed her long-term political ally in supporting roles for two critical ministries.

Meanwhile, Bernie Bush MP (WBN) will serve as PS to Deputy Premier and Minister for Commerce André Ebanks and to Youth, Sports and Heritage Minister Isaac Rankine, where he will assist in the ministry he used to head. Heather Bodden MP (SAV) remains as PS to the deputy premier in his Ministry of Social Development and to Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan.

“These appointments demonstrate that the UPM is united by the philosophy of all hands on deck,” said O’Connor-Connolly in the release. “We want to tap into the wealth of knowledge of all members of our team to ensure we can achieve all of our priorities and key initiatives this term.”

All three MPs received their “instruments of appointment” from Governor Jane Owen during a brief presentation ceremony at Government House on Wednesday. She made no comment about those appointments in the release.

However, Bush said he welcomed the opportunity to support the UPM administration in the role of parliamentary secretary. 

“There is much work to do,” he said. “I’ve made it clear to the premier and the ministers that, for me, this is about supporting both ministers in their important work. My sole focus will be on the projects assigned to me as a parliamentary secretary.” However, Bush did not explain how he would juggle those duties with his need to appear in court.

Bernie Bush, who gave up his Cabinet seat in the wake of the recent coup ousting Wayne Panton from the premiership to pave the way for the new Cabinet, said he looked forward to supporting Ebanks and Rankine and building on the programmes and initiatives he had driven. “I appreciate both colleagues welcoming my assistance,” he said.

Bodden, who had been elected on the same political platform as Panton but has remained with the UPM, said it was her pleasure to remain with the ministries she was previously supporting with PACT.

“As anyone who knows me is aware, beautification and supporting the needs of our most vulnerable are near and dear to my heart. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue the work I started and to build on the strong relationships I enjoy with both teams,” she said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Like a bad smell – he keeps coming back. So embarrassing for all.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Government officials on trial for any crime should be suspended immediately until it’s resolved.

  3. Anonymous says:

    And the corrupt Cayman clown show goes on. World class Civil Service? What a joke.

  4. Anonymous says:

    IF he is healthy enough to serve in those position he is healthy enough to serve in Northward.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Panton created this monster! Remember he refused to work with the PPM after Max was charged and then went and made a deal with Mac! We could have left Mac at the sidelines with no team to play on but Panton in his desire for power went and drafted him. You reap what you sow now deal with it. Pa Tom was the great game changer in 2021 according to so many now look at the mess his meager two years with power has created. Thank God his term as Premier was cut short! God knows what bigger mess we would have to face in 2025!

  6. Anonymous says:


    Sig. WBNW voter.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What an ugly shirt he used to go sign an official document.Then using his cane for decoration as NOTHING IS WRONG WITH HIM HE JUST TRYING AVOID HMP. I have seen sicker than that go to jail🙄

  8. Anonymous says:

    Where is Juliana’s register of interests, let’s audit what she’s put down.

  9. Boss Hawg says:

    I always picture Mac dressed in a white suit and chowing down on a pole of king crab.

  10. Anonymous says:

    His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular

    salutes your indefatigability. I indeed still have much to learn from the Honourable McKeeva Bush. I am but an amateur in comparison.

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Kathy Kathy Kathy we had so much faith in you. Buy you keep getting it wrong. You are one of the persons responsible for this mess.

      Why didn’t you stand for women? Why didn’t you do exactly what you challenged others to do in you final speech at Speaker. Shame on you.

      You have lost my vote.

  11. Anonymous says:

    disHonorable McKeeva Bush. The gift that keeps on giving.

    If John Gotti were still alive today, those two should have had a sit down together. Old Mac could have used his well defined abilities and explained to John how nothing ever manages to stick to him. Gotti would have been grateful to avoid further prosecution.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’d like to see the leader of the opposition call this out as he has been so quick to do with PACT but I suspect they will be tight lipped as they’d still like to maintain good relationships with Juliana for when they try to use her in the next election.

    • Anon says:

      Exactly! isn’t it funny how quiet they are all of a sudden! turning a blind eye to everything now!

    • Anonymous says:

      Who are the ‘opposition’?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yea blame this on the opposition since it was their decision…. The people who should be calling it out are the people who went out and voted for this circus.

  13. Anonymous says:

    All the opinionated voters and backbenchers, with all their reserves of personal integrity, still haven’t mustered a people-led petition to ban anyone with a criminal record from holding high public office, shaping policy, or handling money. Not a single voter.

    • Anonymous says:

      People with criminal records should also not be given multimillion dollar contracts..(and that’s just the fees)..but if you’re good at Deception, you once more get away with it.

  14. Ambassador of Absurdistan says:

    Just Another Day in Absurdistan

  15. Truth says:

    Face up to it Cayman Islands, you are just happier being led
    by third world edumacated leadership. It’s just where you belong. Someday these islands might grow up but not today.

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope you recognize how fortunate it is for you properly-edumacated elites that us poor spear-chucking Caymanians are held back by our lack of intellect. Otherwise we might manage to become one of the most desirable destinations in the world, with one of the most valuable currencies, one of the highest standards of living, and with throngs of immigrants beating down the doors daily trying to get themselves a piece of the pie. ‘sus christ, could you imagine how crazy that scenario would be?

      Anyway, back to reality I guess. We appreciate you being here to guide us along the path to success, white-messianic immigrant.

  16. Robert Mugabe says:

    How did my dry cleaning end up in Cayman? Why is Mac wearing a ZanuPF shirt?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Miss universe loses her title for assault on a man, but if you’re a woman assaulting politician you get promoted? Is that how it works?

  18. Elvis says:

    He knows. NO shame

  19. upm distress Signal says:

    upm and their political king & Priestess sad times ahead in these islands!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Mac attack is back. Kaboom 💥

  21. Not Worried bout a Ting! says:

    All those waiting on the Great white hope to “fix Tings” it pretty obvious why she is here? Hope is now Hype and those talking and giving excuses for her inaction about restricted powers encroach on one of their economic or strategic interest and see how fast the knives come out to cut you down. Let me tell Caymanians how this works:- In some of the overseas territories we control there is a tradition of Corruption in which the political elite work with business in a framework of unsavory relationships.

  22. Anonymous says:

    them & us and them ‘we just don’t give a ****’, wow

  23. Al Catraz says:

    “the UPM is united by the philosophy of all hands on deck”

    I’ve never met this Miss Deck, but I hope she can run, because Mack is driven by all hands where they don’t belong.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Kickbacks to politicians and cronies is one of the reasons property is so expensive here – be prepared for the cost of property and housing to go up by a lot.

    • Native Caymanian says:

      Everyone is afraid of Mac! So unna hush! You might die but Mac will live on!!
      What’s happening about the immigration reform we heard strong words from Minister Bryan? Won’t go any further I bet!

  25. Anonymous says:

    If only continued breathing required moral integrity – under that scenario Cayman and the rest of the planet would be a better place.

  26. Anonymous says:

    This is an affront to the victims of his crimes, the Cayman criminal justice system and Cayman democracy. Utterly shameful.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Well, if the guy isn’t going to resign or be made to resign, then he might as well work for his large paycheck. The two nincompoops he’s helping are clueless and need all the help they can get that they’d actually listen to. As least McKeeva has experience. Only 18 more months and we’ll finally be rid of him for good. Time is longer than rope and his time is almost up.

    • Anonymous says:

      Still sufficient time for an experienced ‘real estate consultant’ to acquire more free multimillion dollar condos and lots of fat brown envelopes.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Mac is the epitome of our Standards in Public Life – rotten to the core.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Just 86 negative posts (as of writing) representing approximately 0.14% of the population at best. You think JOCC going to be worried about that?

    • Anonymous says:

      I doubt that she reads CNS as it is not biblically based, or at least not exclusively.

      It could be 90,000 negative posts from people on Grand Cayman and she probably still would not care – that is what our 19 tiny constituencies system permits. She says that she is not running again, the new high school will be named after her as a reward and she has her lucrative pension. Why should she care?

  30. Anonymous says:

    He’ll make an ideal candidate for a long term stay at the new East End Mental Facility.

  31. Anonymous says:

    It’s a miracle. JuJu is well on her way to sainthood. Big Mac can walk again unaided… until next time he turns up in court. Please can someone call an early election.

  32. Anonymous says:

    did anyone expect anything less from this hypocrite sham government? She is a joke to the rest of the world.

  33. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know about that bobo as we have the best leaders,
    And they know how to wield their power!

  34. Anonymous says:

    What exactly does it take for someone to have their political career ended? Seriously, short of dying, can someone do literally anything and just keep plugging along in Caymanian politics? Unbelievable.

    • Anonymous says:

      “What exactly does it take for someone to have their political career ended?” – stop doing what the development cartel tells you to do.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Is she supported Jane? Is she? n


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