Akanni McDowall’s Removal Was Politically Motivated


Do you remember that the authorities promised to investigate the circumstances surrounding Akanni’s demotion before they meet with the NUPW to discuss the matter. Well I believe that the union is being played for a fool since I understand that Akanni’s replacement took up duties this morning – Caswell Franklyn, Barbados Underground

The revelation by trade unionist Caswell Franklyn (see above) that the position NUPW President Akanni McDowall was filled raises several concerns. Based on media reports and confirmed by NUPW representative Delcia Burke in a public forum this week, McDowall’s recent contract was terminated BEFORE 31 October 2016 the maturity date written in the contract.  McDowall from all reports was acting in the more senior role for many months.

The more troubling issue for BU is that it exposes Minister Esther Byer-Suckoo and by extension the government as strangers to the truth. Didn’t Byer -who has no standing in the matter by her admission- advise the public the matter is being investigated by the relevant government department?  AND a meeting will be held with McDowall to respond to his concern there was political interference behind the decision to appoint him to his substantive position?

Surely the barefaced dishonesty and incompetence being practice by this government must be addressed by civil society? What role does morality play in our society? How will the NUPW and its 10,000 membership react to the effrontery?

BU is certain McDowall’s ‘demotion’ was politically motivated.

Related Link: The Caswell Franklyn Column – Akanni McDowall Kicked to the Kerb

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98 Comments on “Akanni McDowall’s Removal Was Politically Motivated”

  1. David November 2, 2016 at 6:17 PM #

    Strike on

    By Sandy Deane on Nov 02, 2016 01:42 pm

    dsc_7879The National Union of Public Workers will embark on industrial action tomorrow, but it remains mum on who will be involved, what form the action will take and how business at Government offices will be affected. Following more than two hours of talks with environmental health officers this morning at the NUPW’s Dalkeith headquarters, General […]

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  2. ac November 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM #

    waste of time and valuable membership resources money that could be better well spent when one takes into the many other internal problems being faced by the Union that needs resolution,
    Delcia Burke is rely making an ass of her self first of all bad timing at a time of the year which is seasonal and money is the top of the list for every household including membership would not be surprised if she receives luke warm support from her members


  3. Prodigal Son November 2, 2016 at 6:54 PM #

    When the moron called Esther Byer lied about how Walter Maloney ended up on the severance board instead of Akanni, I knew that they had spite in their hearts, as we all know.

    I think the dems have poked the lion………if I were the union, I would do small strikes since you dont want to meet with me and escalate the action in the week leading up to November 30th. Embarrass they tail!


  4. David November 2, 2016 at 7:39 PM #

    Why don’t these idiots hold the meeting and deflate this situation? Will they wait until the NUPW and UNITY shutdown the airport?



  5. David November 3, 2016 at 7:59 AM #

    The report is that a meeting is scheduled for 11:30 with the PAD today. We must pray that good sense prevails.


  6. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI November 4, 2016 at 7:20 AM #

    At the End of the Day, the problem that this Union is facing is one that which is burdening the country Barbados.

    It is singularly the “Most Incompetent Government that Barbados has had in 50 Years Since its Independence”

    We have suffered and are going to suffer a little while longer

    Let us however not take our Eyes off the Prize.

    We have the “Tango in the Reticule, do not waiver”


  7. Hants November 4, 2016 at 8:34 AM #

    McDowall, the official said, possesses a master’s degree in public health, but none of the stipulated requirements.

    McDowall possesses a master’s degree in public health



  8. ac November 4, 2016 at 8:49 AM #

    After such a damming revelation. Which ever action/s taken be that to reinstate or Unions action to strike. The perceptions of Akanni being wronged was remove replaced by facts which tells a story of Annaki holding a position which he was unqualified which now bodes well to ask who were the masters in his initial appointment for the the job


  9. Hants November 4, 2016 at 9:15 AM #

    How can a person “act” 4 months in a a position for which he is not qualified?

    Did he go to work everyday and pretend to be Denzel Washington?

    Was Mcdowell’s performance evaluated by his bossto determine if he could continue in that job?

    While we are at it let us find out how many DLP appointees to the civil service are qualified for the jobs they are in.


  10. David November 4, 2016 at 9:46 AM #


    Not sure if Caswell is able to shed some light, seems a reasonable question.

    In today’s news we read of confusion between the Police Force, Police Service Commission and the ministry of Home Affairs. All to do with officers acting two ranks above they substantive positions.


  11. ac November 4, 2016 at 10:02 AM #

    As i stated early that Burke was behaving like a jac a.sss. after all it now seems as if she has opened a hornet nest fighting over a few days of a required demotion with a full fledge fight of turning the barbados economy upside down.


  12. Hants November 4, 2016 at 10:11 AM #

    “the man who has been in that position for the past three years”

    Here again I have to ask. Has Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith performed well as the de facto Commissioner and if so he should be promoted to that position.

    See more at: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/88752/royal-rumble#sthash.rK5QoMsl.dpuf


  13. David November 4, 2016 at 10:24 AM #


    A careful read of the article reveals the reason Tyrone Griffith has fallen from grace. An officer not recommended by Griffith to act as head of the CID. Only in Barbados. When you start to meddle with the Police we know where that will lead. We have already seen what the meddling has done to the public service.


  14. Bush Tea November 4, 2016 at 10:35 AM #

    Put an idiot in charge of Heaven …..and soon you will have Hell.


  15. David November 4, 2016 at 10:43 AM #

    There is merit in the argument by those who question the appointment of Guyson Mayers to head the PSC. He was junior as a policeman to many he has to rule over.


  16. David November 4, 2016 at 11:13 AM #

    Maybe Akanni was returned to his junior position because he failed to get rid of chinks in the bus stand.

    BTW, what was Maloney’s grade at the NHC and is it commensurate with his academic qualification.


  17. ac November 4, 2016 at 11:51 AM #

    The issue here surrounds Annakani demotion which by all accounts has turned into a swirled of controversy surrounding the who and what if he was qualified all because a bigmout delcia Burke pursuing a path of defense charging a wrong was done placing the issue on on a hot bed of political shenanigans
    I am hoping that the govt would stand firm and she be placed into a uncompromising positon and be blamed for placing the nation social and economic interest at high risk when she calls the strike
    She exemplifies a real case of monkey handling gun


  18. Bush Tea November 4, 2016 at 12:03 PM #

    The Union suffers from the same petty-mindedness as their political adversaries.
    This is NOT an issue about qualifications, process or any such shiite technicalities….

    It is a SIMPLE matter of RESPECT.

    If you allow the government to disrespect your PRESIDENT (even if that was Dompey) then you lose the credibility needed to defend all other members.
    How hard is that to grasp…?

    The action planned for yesterday SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENFORCED until the status quo had been restored …. THEN talks could be held….

    Small minds always get distracted with petty details….
    It is how brass bowls are manipulated.

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  19. ac November 4, 2016 at 12:49 PM #

    Bush sh.it stop talking shit bout respect. Respect on what cause. Either he is qualified or not. Furthermore the govt gave him an overextension of his time permitted ..a private company would not have shown him that much leniency or respect by allowing him the luxury of working and being paid in a job for which he was not qualified.Respect my a.ss by the way he should be thanking govt and the taxpayers for their generosity in allowing him to recive an income for a job which he was not deserving or qualified


  20. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI November 4, 2016 at 1:01 PM #

    @ Bush Tea

    I would really and seriously enter into a collaboration with you as it relates to (a) fielding a cadre of warriors for that 3rd party (b) establishing an economic powerbase for we niggers and (c) most anything that you would seek to pursue.

    I know dat Donna going say dat de ole man bootlicking but You does doan deviate from nuffing dat you say and AND DE TING DAT I LIKE DE MOST BOUT YOU IS DAT you ent afraid to kill a feller.

    Dat is a requirement of de ole man actually dere is one more.

    Belief in GOD.

    I find meself always agreeing wid you and I doan like dat,

    Dat is an anomally.

    I mean dere is certain tings dat we doan agree pun totally e.g. Come Sing a Song but you does say one ting everyday without any variance.

    Bush Tea, dat is a hard ting to do, cause most times, to shoot straight from the hip you got to be self sufficient, cause i has encountered many an effer dat economic considerations does affect dem backbone and mek dem into hissing serpents when push come to shove.

    Anyways, I serious though and do hope that before (a) this tile in my mosaic of life ends (b) de ole man emigrate or (c) de Troika get in power and i get exiled fuh me mout and talking bout Mugabe and Smiley Teets de ole man meet you and see who you is, fuh real.

    Whuloss I getting like Carl Moore and Heather Cole now, wanting to know who you is and ting.

    Anyways I gots to go back heah and do some more posters and ting.


  21. David November 4, 2016 at 1:39 PM #

    Correct Bush Tea, they want to cut him off at the knees. Let the idiots turm him into a David Giles. When the BLP returns to office we flip the argument.



  22. ac November 4, 2016 at 1:58 PM #

    Cut off at what knees..a leg or two would have been better especially when as President of a Union he condemns those employers actions that precludes employees from getting fair treatment.Now in reality he gets to benefit from those same unsavoury actions which he decries


  23. Bush Tea November 6, 2016 at 12:14 AM #

    @ Piece
    Sorry to have missed your comment at November 4, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    You flatter the bushman, but it all comes with the territory – of having been adopted …and handed a big-ass whacker….
    Bushie (and his alter ego) ain’t frighten for a boy,
    but if you were similarly adopted …and spoiled by BBE neither would YOU be….

    …as a great King once said,

    ” I have been young, and now am old,
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or his children begging for bread.
    He is ever lending generously,
    and his children become a blessing.”

    In fact, have a good, slow read of Psalms 37 …and you will get an EXCELLENT grasp of Bushie’s position…..
    Take special note of Verse 32 as it pertains to AC on this very blog…
    ha ha ha


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