The Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) has been hit with the resignation of a senior executive member.
First Vice President, Kirk Seetahal last week Thursday delivered his resignation letter to President of the Association, Shere Ann Noel via email.
The New Today was able to get a copy of Seetahal’s resignation letter in which he expressed dissatisfaction with the direction and decisions being taken by the association and suggested that MWAG revamp its executive and consider constitutional reform.
Seetahal offered his assistance to the Asssociation despite his resignation and gave assurances that he is also willing to attend any planned meeting to discuss a new way forward.
His resignation comes two months ahead of MWAG’s annual Media Awards and Banquet carded for December 8 at the Grenada Trade Centre Annex at Morne Rouge, St. George’s.
Digicel – Be Extraordinary is the title sponsor of this mega event. Seetahal is employed by Digicel as its Marketing Manager
The MWAG Executive was elected in March with Noel being elected as the Association’s second female president.
Known for her exemplary work in the media as Producer, Presenter and News Reporter presently at CC-6 Television, Noel was nominated unopposed during the association’s Annual General Meeting at the Presentation Brothers College (PBC).
The new MWAG boss first entered the media with the National Public Relations (NPR) outfit that was controlled by the New National Party (NNP) of current Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.
However since her election as President of MWAG, accusing fingers have been pointed at Noel who is believed to be going “soft” on a number of media-related issues due to her perceived support of the Mitchell administration.
The silence of the MWAG President on the controversial Electronic Crimes Bill, which carries a section that could lead journalists and other persons into prison, was called into question.
The issue grabbed regional and international attention resulting in promises by Prime Minister Mitchell to rescind the controversial clause at the next sitting of Parliament.
Many Grenadians including local media colleagues were concerned that the interest of the local media fraternity was not being safeguarded under the leadership of Noel.
In response to Seetahal’s resignation, the MWAG President issued a letter stating that while her colleague’s letter did not give specifics of his resignation, “he was very much a part of all the decisions taken by the association thus far”.
Noel expressed gratitude to Seetahal for his input in the decision-making process for the upliftment of the media in Grenada.
Seetahal was elected First Vice-President of MWAG to fill the position left vacant since the passing of popular radio personality, Anthony “Jericho” Greenidge more than two years ago.
There are unconfirmed reports that Seetahal is concerned that “behind the scene forces are influencing the President and the work of MWAG”.
Fingers are pointing at a so-called Communications expert that operates from the Office of the Prime Minister.
Following is Seetahal’s resignation letter:
Shere Ann Noel
Media Workers Association of Grenada
Dear Ms. Noel:
I would like to inform you that I am resigning from my position as 1st Vice President of the Media Workers Association of Grenada, effective October 10th.
At present I am not satisfied with the direction and decisions taken by the organization. It is my recommendation that there be a revamp of the executive and a constitution reform.
With this in mind, I will be willing to attend meetings to discuss a way forward. Alternatively, accept this as my official resignation as 1st Vice President. If I can be of any assistance during this transition, please let me know. I would be glad to help however I can.
Kirk P. Seetahal
Digicel Grenada Limited
This is the response from the MWAG President to the decision of her second in command to quit his post:
October 13th, 2013
Re: Resignation of First Vice President
The executive of MWAG wishes to inform its general membership that Kirk Seetahal has resigned as 1st Vice President of the Media Workers Association of Grenada, via email, on Thursday, October 10th, 2013.
While his letter did not give specifics of his resignation, he was very much a part of all the decisions taken by the association thus far.
Mr. Seetahal in his letter says however that he still has interest in helping with the development of the media fraternity in Grenada.
MWAG wishes to place on record its profound gratitude to Mr. Seetahal for his input in the decision making process for the upliftment of Media in Grenada.