North Side MLA Ezzard Miller has called to convene a special sitting of the Legislative Assembly to debate a motion of no confidence in House Speaker McKeeva Bush. The meeting will also ask the members to elect a new Deputy Speaker as MLA Bernie Bush has resigned from that post.
“The Cayman Islands is on the verge of a constitutional crisis. To forestall this, we, the Members of the Legislative Assembly, must assume our responsibility by invoking the relevant provisions of the Cayman Islands Constitution and the Legislature’s Standing Orders to deal with such matters,” Miller said.
On Wednesday, McKeeva Bush announced that he was taking an immediate leave of absence in order to seek professional help to deal with the loss of his daughter who died in 2011.
Following his leave of absence, the duty of Speaker fell to Opposition MLA Bernie Bush, but he opted to resign.
“At the core of our unwritten code of conduct is a pledge to safeguard the respect necessary to maintaining the trust and confidence of the local population and the international community. When we damage that respect as has so obviously happened in this case, then our fidelity to the institution that we serve and represent must be challenged,” Miller said.
“It is obvious that the Speaker will not do the honourable thing and resign. It is also clear that the Premier and the Unity Government will not revoke the current Speaker’s election,” he said.
“As duly elected representatives of the People in the nineteen electoral districts, it is our responsibility to act in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and do the right thing for these beloved Islands in safeguarding the reputation of the Legislative Assembly and of the Cayman Islands,” Miller said.