The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre says it will not accept any offers of donation from MP McKeeva Bush.
In a brief statement on Tuesday, the organisation’s Board of Directors said it was “not aware of the understanding between PACT and Mr Bush regarding the proposed contribution of funds to the Crisis Centre in advance of their press release last evening.”
The Board said, along with the people of The Cayman Islands, it “awaits the formation of the next Government, however, should the proposed donation come to realization, we will respectfully decline the offer.”
The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre stated that “violence against women, men or children is unacceptable and we pledge to continue to work on eradicating this violation of human rights from our islands.”
In his announcement on Monday that he had joined the PACT group to continue in his role as Speaker, Mr Bush committed that 10% of his monthly salary will be donated to the Women’s Crisis Center and that he will continue supporting women issues.
That was framed as conditional on being included in the PACT coalition of independents giving the group a one-seat parliamentary majority.
Mr Bush was found guilty and given a suspended sentence and enforced limited curfew for assaulting a woman last year.
The issue has become a central controversial political issue.
It was the trigger for the snap election to sidestep a motion of confidence being brought against him, figured prominently in the subsequent election campaign with many candidates vowing not to work with him in a government, and also factored in joining the PACT group to give them the majority.
In an act of contrition, Mr Bush profusely apologised in his statement announcing that he had joined PACT, and asked forgiveness for his conduct.
“I would also like to use this opportunity to apologize for my prior conduct that led to this incident and pledge my commitment to sign the code of conduct once again,” he said.
“While I cannot change what happened in the past, I can learn from my mistakes and hope that my actions going forward also serve as an example for others to follow.”