(CMR) A group dedicated to bringing Governor Choudhury back to the Cayman Islands issued a press statement earlier this afternoon stating a “people-initiated petition” has been started.
The petition entitled “Bring Back Governor Choudhury” requests the UK Government to return him to the islands. The governor was removed on June 12th and no statements or additional information has been provided by the FCO. Many persons speculate that he was removed because (1) he was committed to shaking up the civil service and had a hands-on approach not appreciated by many (2) he was the first governor that most people could relate to and appeared to have a genuine interest in the people of the Cayman Islands.
Despite the lack of any confirmed allegations, the Daily Mail indicated it has some insight into why he was removed and published a story on that some weeks back.
The petition reads:
Since the UK recalled Governor Anwar Choudhury on June 12, 2018 they have not released any information at all on the reasons why he was recalled or the subject of the investigation.
Fresh in the minds of people in the Cayman Islands is the offhanded way both the local and UK governments withheld information about “Operation Tempura” and associated investigations. As a direct result of these investigations and arrests, to date the cost to Cayman Islands taxpayers is over CI$10 million, with several unsettled pending legal cases against the Cayman Islands Government.
The UK Government initiated the investigations, but the Cayman Islands taxpayers are paying the costs.
Both the UK and local governments continue to flout both the spirit and letter of their Freedom of Information Laws, requiring many requests for information unnecessarily going to appeal before requested information is released.
The objective of the petition is stated as:
“In view of the foregoing considerations, we, the undersigned Electors of the Cayman Islands request: That if no criminal actions are found to have been committed by Mr. Anwar Choudhury that would warrant action as serious as his removal from office, but only consists of personal complaints by disgruntled individuals in whatever capacity, or displeased persons due to change in the order of things, that Mr. Anwar Choudhury be returned and reinstated as Governor of the Cayman Islands as soon as possible.”
A website, with the petition, has been established to keep interested persons informed:
For further information about the petition or to assist in collecting signatures of electors send an email to:
Photo: Caymanians created memes of the governor shortly after his departure – some pictured above.