Turks and Caicos Islands Attorney General Huw Shepheard marked his return to the territory by reaching out on Sunday to those who have called for his removal.
Attorney General Huw Shepheard
“As attorney general, I have always worked tirelessly in the public interest of the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Shepheard. “My appointment was legal, in line with the constitution, as part of UK ministers’ commitment to deliver good governance and the rule of law for everyone in the islands.
“I have a tremendous respect for the wide range of responsibilities attached to this esteemed office, and look forward to continuing to work with the Hon Premier, his ministers, Cabinet and the other key constitutional institutions and bodies in support of democracy here.
“Of course I know about the criticism of me while I have been away. This has been a difficult experience, but it is also potentially enriching for anyone in public office to be given a clear picture of what is thought of them every now and again,” he added.
“Despite the headlines, I hold no grudges,” he emphasised. “The position of attorney general in the Turks and Caicos Islands is not a popularity contest; it is far more important than that. It is designed to support the rule of law and the good governance of the territory, regardless of political office or wealth.
“In light of this, it seems only reasonable to ask, that the premier and his ministers continue to work with me for the greater good of the people of this country, even if they do not much like me personally. What they think of me as a person is not at issue.
“As the appointed attorney general to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands, I commit to working in their interests for the next three years, and look forward to getting on with business in the first Cabinet meeting since my return on Wednesday, 2 October,” Shepheard pledged.
However, on Monday, Premier Dr Rufus Ewing also made clear his position on the matter.
“As I have stated repeatedly, I have nothing against Huw Shepherd as a person. However, I have questioned the actions taken by him during the period of the Interim Administration and during the period of the elected government.
“As a government, we will continue to press the attorney general for the answers to the questions that we have asked of him, and we will continue to apply pressure for his recall by the governor and the FCO,” Ewing said.