Daren Powell Leaves PNP For JLP

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Former West Indies fast bowler and ex-Councillor for the Malvern Division, Daren Powell, has switched allegiance from the PNP to the governing Jamaica Labour Party, the JLP.

Word of Powell’s switch of allegiance emerged on the weekend when the former Councillor attended the JLP’s annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston.

Powell was decked out in a JLP branded shirt.

He made the JLP’s V-sign and posed for photographs with some of the party’s bigwigs, including Chairman, Robert Montague.

Powell had served as PNP Councillor for the Malvern division in South East St Elizabeth.

He defeated the JLP’s Donald Simpson in the 2012 Local Government elections.

But in the 2016 General Election, Mr. Powell was defeated by the JLP’s JC Hutchinson when he sought to become MP for North West St. Elizabeth.

Powell lost that race by 914 votes.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


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