DNA not fazed by high-profile resignations

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Massiah during launch of political campaign of DNA

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) continues to trudge on in their efforts to influence the electorate of Antigua and Barbuda, despite the resignations of three high ranking officials within the party’s ranks.

Spokesperson and DNA candidate for the St Peter constituency, Chaneil Imhoff spoke to Observer media about the latest public resignation of the party’s Secretary-General, Gatesworth James.

In a statement, she noted that, “Politics is dynamic, and it is about both addition and subtraction. The DNA has built a team of leaders and, like many growing organisations before us, we will gain and lose members as we go along.

“[Resignations are] not new in the politics of Antigua and Barbuda but if we are to present ourselves as new, fresh, and dynamic, we must always hold firm to our party’s ethos,” the party spokesperson replied.

She also wished the departed individuals well but “the marathon will always continue”.

The DNA announced that the departure of James — who also served as the party candidate for the St John’s City West constituency — yesterday morning after he sent his resignation to Deputy Secretary-General, Marjorie Parchment on 31 October.

In their official statement, the party also claimed that he was also interested in joining the United Progressive Party (UPP).

The party also stated that the reasons given by the now former Secretary-General — citing the dismissal of the party’s leadership group, and a statement from party leaders last week making what he called “careless, threatening and deliberately inaccurate remarks” about those he described as dedicated and hardworking founding party members — were unfounded.

“It has been speculated that, for some time now, that he intends to join forces with and endorse the UPP candidate for the constituency in which he was slated to contest. He, too, failed in his attempts to have the DNA merge with and be subsumed by the UPP,” the statement alluded.

Gatesworth James’s comments about the DNA bore similarities to those made by former Chairperson Malaka Parker and First Vice-President Bruce Goodwin who announced their own resignations last week.

Whether there will be more resignations from the new political party continues to be unknown at the time of writing, however the DNA spokesperson said the party remains committed to contest the next general election—constitutionally due March 2023—with a full slate of candidates.- OBSERVER NEWSCO

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Harold Lovell
    You seem to be a man who love to be everything to everybody. That is not good for a leader of people. Do not attempt to fix something that is not broken. You have a team that did the heavy lifting and is now set to reap the fruits of their hardwork. Do not inject any DNA people in that mix. To do that would cause discontent among the ranks. If you love them so much and you want to let them in, let them come in after the election and start to work. You cannot reward them by unsettling your team.

    Ms Parker said she was not talking with anybody from UPP. That is a lie, and I have changed my support for her because I know for a fact that she was lying (Antigua smarl, smarl).

    She sounds very conceited and overambitious with all she had to say. Whatever your feelings are for taking her back in, you need to slow your roll.

    BTW, Gatie James was a member of the UPP before he joined the breakaway party DNA. He is just returning to a system that he had problems with.

    • @ Slow …………..

      And your point is?

      OK DNA/ABLP minion, your advice is neither warranted nor welcome

    • With all the problems in this country, ABLP corruption, water still not fixed, people can’t find work, why are you making Malala Parker a major issue? Let’s all come together to uplift this country and be laser focused on our biggest enemy, Gaston Browne. Malala Parker is not on the ticket. This is no time for hearsay and distractions. If you want to see better for this country, stay focused!

  2. Gatesworth James is NOT high profile – old, dusty and washed-up politically

    Malaka Parker is NOT high profile – apologized to Baldwin “ASHE LIED” Spencer or was it a BEG BACK? “I am a parliamentarian, NOT a politician” she said.

    Bruce Goodwin is NOT high profile – hater of “foreigners” and discriminate against students

    • @ Hmmmmmmm

      If Gatey, Malaka and Bruce are not high profile why are you eating up yourself.

      Funny enough you nor the ABLP never criticised them when they were on the DNA ticket but since they’ve switched you have all manner of evil to say about them.
      Just shows you are just paid to dirty peoples name as long as they are opposed to your WICKED ABLP

      • Not eating myself up. I leave that for the cannibals. All 3 are irrelevant! Their departure is the good news for the DNA. NOw if only they will depart the political landscap altogether

  3. DNA – some advice for you! Alp is the ruling party, so please direct your attention to the wrongs that THEY are doing! Concentrate on THEM. We will have more respect for you.

  4. Malaka famous for UNDERMINING. This is what BS said had to say:

    “On Wednesday, February 13, 2013 the Senate failed to pass the Bill.

    Significantly, this failure was due to four Government senators siding with the Opposition and voted against the Bill in its entirety. This action by these four government senators constitutes a fundamental break with government’s policy.

    What is worse is that their actions came as a bolt from the sky. AT NO TIME WAS I, as head of government and the mover of the Bill in my capacity as Prime Minister, INFORMED OR ADVISED (whether formally or informally) of their deep and fundamental disagreement that would have led them to kill the bill, and by so doing, pull the rug from under the feet of the government.”

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