McNeil Concerned About Timing Of Bunting’s Leadership Challenge

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People’s National Party Vice President, Dr Wykeham McNeil, is raising concerns about the timing of Peter Bunting’s leadership challenge against PNP President, Dr Peter Phillips.

In announcing his bid to challenge, Mr Bunting says Dr Phillips is not seen as the right person to lead the party at this time.

But, Dr Wykeham McNeil, says Mr Bunting’s timing is unfortunate.

Dr Wykeham McNeil, PNP Vice President and MP for Western Westmoreland.

A comrade from North Central St Catherine, Ricardo James, agrees.

Ricardo James, a PNP supporter from North Central St Catherine.

But, Mayor of Mandeville, and Councillor for the Royal Flat Division in Bunting’s Central Manchester constituency, Donovan Mitchell, is not concerned about the timing of the leadership challenge.

Donovan Mitchell, Mayor of Mandeville, and Councillor for the Royal Flat Division in Central Manchester.

In the meantime, Political Commentator, Kevin O’Brien Chang, says several people feel it’s unfair for Dr Phillips to be challenged for the PNP presidency, before first facing the nation in a General Elections.

In the meantime, Public Commentator, Jaevion Nelson, says the move by Mr. Bunting will serve to galvanise the PNP going into a General Elections.

Mr. Nelson says the leadership challenge will also serve to fine tune party operations irregardless of the outcome of the internal exercise.

Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, Damion Gordon, says he expects a keenly-contested leadership battle.

Damion Gordon, Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Government at the UWI.



Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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