BREAKING: Bruce Goodwin and Malaka Parker resign from the Democratic National Alliance

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Press Release

This serves to notify the public of the joint resignation of Mr. Bruce Goodwin and Ms. Malaka Parker from the Democratic National Alliance (DNA).

In a letter dated October 24 2022 addressed to the Secretary General of the DNA Mr. Gatesworth James, Mr. Bruce Goodwin, 1st Vice President and Ms. Malaka Parker Chairperson and DNA candidate in the constituency of St. John’s Rural West, resigned all their positions in the DNA including their membership of the party.

The duo who were a part of the top brass of the political leadership of the DNA, in walking away from the party they helped to found, referenced a letter they had written to the President of the party Ms. Joanne Massiah since July 22, 2022, wherein certain critical concerns were raised about the management of the party.

In their letter of resignation, they charged that the President had failed to respond to or address any of the concerns or proposals made in the July 22 communication.

The joint letter of resignation cited a number of reasons for their exit from the six (6) year old organization including the unilateral disbandment of the political leadership group of the party, the lack of strategic focus of the organization, a progressive culture of fractionizing at a leadership level where questions of transparency and accountability have been raised.

The duo noted that certain officers in the organization had become alienated due to a lack of a unified vision for the direction of the party.

Noting that they had remained with the organization despite the exodus of other founders and key operatives of the party, the former 1st Vice President and former Chairperson stated that remaining in the DNA was now counterproductive.

Mr. Goodwin and Ms. Parker founded the DNA along with a number of former UPP senior actors after a bitter leadership battle had been waged between Harold Lovell and Joanne Massiah in 2016.

The party was institutionalized in June 2021and in March 2022, the party launched a full slate of candidates including Ms. Parker, whose constituency of Rural West was watched by pundits as a battle of political heavy weights.

Ms. Parker who is popular in the community was expected to mount a strong challenge against her political opponents.

But the letter of resignation claimed that a myriad of what appeared to be irreconcilable differences demanded that they end their association with the DNA.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. I noticed with keen interest and questioned a friend about the same. The disenchantment on Malaika’s face and body language spoke volumes to me or to anyone who was paying attention. The outing at the SJSC stadium when the other candidates were addressing the small audience and social media, she was rather inanimate until she spoke. There was no enthusiasm on her part. Since then, I have been of the view that trouble was in the camp.
    Let’s see what happens after this…
    I heard hints and clues.

  2. This is the same person that Avril Grant and miss Wickham said should be the leader of the UPP. The leader’s only aim is to ensure that the UPP does not win the election .

  3. Back to UPP they go. I wonder who will get kicked out of the UPP to make way for the heavy hitters.
    Joanne going take that extra sip tonight of grog. When two fall there’s more to follow.

  4. Come back home Joanne. You wont run this time but you might still have a future in UPP. The rest can go to Gaston.

  5. If Harold wins the next election. Looka confusion. Plenty cooks wanna be up in that UPP kitchen. He’ll have to keep looking over his shoulder, the top DNA brass will come for his seat at the table.
    This is going to be one interesting silly season.

    • @ Coming Down

      OK ABLP distractor, you and Gaston think you can mash up the UPP with all your falsehoods.

      Neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

      GET RID A DEM

  6. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA ,
    This gives more clarity to the UPP LEADERSHIP BATTLE .

    SHE BAD-PLAYED HAROLD.

    WHEN SHE REALIZED SHE WAS GOING TO LOSE, SHE DECIDED SHE WAS GOING TO MASH-UP THE PARTY!

    WELL JOANNE, KARMA IS A B*TCH: JUST LIKE YOU.

    SO IN ESSENCE, DNA MASH-UP.

    HOW MANY FORMER DNA MEMBERS HAVE SECRETLY GONE HOME TO THE UPP THAT JOHN PUBLIC DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT!

  7. So Chanel Imhoff was on Observer bashing OBSERVER about press freedom while there were bigger issues in her party to study.

    Hey, Chanel, you ever heard the song : ” People in glass houses should not throw stones!

    • DNA,had a lot to say last week. When the man Murdoch resigned from Observer Radio.Now Miss Joanne Massiah,what say you.Now that two of your inner most senior members of DNA,quit on you.

  8. Harold Lovell
    Nobody knows yet if you had a hand in the DNA break up. Rumor says you want a female candidate very bad. It looks like you and some of your people want Malaka Parker to come back. The same Malaka Parker that broke up the UPP WHEN SHE VPTED AGAINST THE CIP BILL.

    The rumor is that Baldwin Spencer too want Malaka and not Richard Lewis because he put her in the Senate when she and Joanne Massiah, Stuart and Colin Derrick vote down the UPP CIP bill.
    Lovell, maybe you plan to do one of your candidates the same thing you did to Marshall and cut their throat.
    If that is your plan, LISTEN WELL. As long as you don’t use Parker to make trouble for Richard Lewis down here in Rural West, then you can do what the hell you want with her. Even come out of City East and put her there.
    But I am warning you, if you move Mr Lewis for UPP killer Malaka Parker, all hell will break loose. People say that is what you are planning to do.
    I tell people YOU ARE A SENSIBLE MAN AND YOU CANNOT SO STUPID.

  9. MALAKA:WELCOME BACK TO WHERE YOU BOTH BELONG,WITH THE REDEEMED TEAM KNOWN AS THE UPP. NOW MALAKA,AS A PERSON FROM MY AREA GRAYS/GREEN. LET US GO ALL OUT TO SUPPORT RICHARD LEWIS OVER THAT RED KOOL AID ONE,GAIL.THERE IS NO WAY SHE SHOULD GET HER DEPOSIT BACK IN “THE MUDD”.GET RID OF THEM.GET RID OF THEM ON ELECTION DAY.

  10. HAS ANYONE TOLD PETER WICKHAM AND ARVEL GRANT ABOUT THIS. HOW COME PETER WICKHAM AND ARVEL BRANT DIDN’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS TROUBLE IN THE DNA

  11. Look at this! Instead of studying Observer’s private business, this is what people should have been studying! What will all the fake pundits say now?!!

  12. So sad , the end of an alternative party eminent. Tag word -When you vote DNA you vote for a change not an exchange. Now with all these accusations hurled at Johann it is probably the end of her political career. Her only hope is an Olive branch from UPP Or Of course ABLP will pride in having her joining them which will make Antigua politics an amusement park.
    Gastón was right when he said three candidates defecting – his cristal ball said opposition and he thought it was UPP but it’s DNA.
    What ever decision these two and the rest of the DNA membership decides, I do not think it will have any impact on the upcoming general elections. In City West if the DNA candidate pulls out it will just further cement Richard Lewis. However, her strength as a candidate has nothing to do with any political party but her strong community activism.
    Anthony Stuart it is best you now concentrate on running your personal business and spend your time and days left in this short life, with your beautiful wife , children and GOD more so .
    Johann no sense running you and any DNA candidate, otherwise All deposits will be lost. The young lady, DNA candidate for St.Peters I liked to here what you have been bringing to the table. However in the same vain if you are going to stay with DNA , tomorrow morning on you need to make another public system.
    Finally any political party that has Trevor Young on its tickets I personally look at that party as a bunch of idiots. UPP with Lamin snd Drift Wood and Young was the worst political party ever to contest an election in Antigua and Barbuda.

  13. Another 3rd Party bites the dust. Will DNA now join ABLP as Melford’s OND did in 2012? Another historic day in Dadli.

  14. Jumbee_Picknee says…
    #IMPLOSION!

    The Wharf_Rat Syndrome in full effect.

    Antigua poliTRICKTANS are like Wharf Rats. They jump from ship(political party) to ship looking for food(power).
    This is one reason which hinders accountability in the Public Sector and fuels corruption.

  15. This is what happens when you’re not honest with yourself. Joann entered the leadership race along with Lovelle. Only one person can win and that was Lovelle. Joann lost. What she should have done is press on and who knows, next time around she could very well be the winner. It happened to Lovelle when he ran against Baldwin and Baldwin won. Lovelle did not pick up his marbles and walk away like a spoilt child. He stayed on and now he is the Leader. These resignations are like an earthquake breaking up the party and I have a strong feeling that more is there to come. Can they still go from house to house telling people about their party which is “new, fresh, and dynamic”?. “You’ve tried the red, you’ve tried the blue, now try something new”? You better wheel and come again.

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