September 25, 2020

‘I don’t have the answers’, says Premier

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At a recent prayer meeting organised by the Cayman Believer’s Women Ministries, Premier McKeeva Bush, conceded that he does not have the answers for the recent spate in murders on the Island.

Mr. Bush advised against finger pointing and calls on the nation to seek God.

During his address to the residents of his community, the Premier also suggested that he understands how to tackle criminality but says he does not have the political tools to do what he thinks is needed.

Mr. Bush said: “I don’t have the constitutional capabilities to do what I think needs to be done. West Bay has taken the brunt of this situation in the past week.

“We don’t know what this phenomenon is. I don’t have the answers, and I don’t think anyone of us has the answers. I do think that we need to seek God.”

In his response to critics who he says are anxious to point fingers the Premier sounded his advice.

“It is easy to blame me and if people think that is what they should do then go ahead.” said the Premier.

Mr. Bush implored all the churches to work together to find solutions, saying that it will take the combined efforts to achieve solutions.

During the prayer meeting, the Premier recommended that efforts be made to retrieve the young people of society by showing them love and care and by taking them to church.

“We have thrown away our values. Some of us have lost the way. We must hold fast to those values.

“Let us take the young people by the hands. We need to carry them to church and Sunday School.

“We have to get back to caring for those children in society whether they insult us or not.

“It is very hard when you see an 8 year old trying to “man handle” the pastor but we cannot leave it there.” the premier added.

The prayer meeting was held at the Sir John A Cumber Primary School in West Bay and was attended by about fifty residents of the community.

Other participants include Mrs. Judy Faye Penn, President of the Cayman Believer’s Ministries, Reverend Tara Thyme, (John Gray Memorial Church), Pastor Randall Von Kanel (First Baptist Church) Bodden Town, Pastor Dennis McCoy (Wesleyan Holiness Church) West Bay, Pastor Torrance Bobb (First Assembly of God) George Town, and Youth Pastor, Felix Manzanares (Church of God Chapel) George Town.

The Premier told the residents that the impact of the recent gun violence would permanently stain the reputation of the community.

“The brunt of the effects of recent days will be forever in our history. The recent rash of crimes numbs us.

“My friends, I have met with pastors this past week and it is going to take a unified effort. One church cannot make all the difference.”

 

 

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