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Express reporter Anika Gumbs’ full resignation letter after Rowley ‘advances’

The following is a copy of the resignation letter submitted to Trinidad Express Editor-in-Chief Omatie Lyder by reporter Anika Gumbs, which refers to an alleged incidents during meetings with Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley:

Photo: Trinidad Express reporter Anika Gumbs. (Courtesy Stabroek News)
Photo: Trinidad Express reporter Anika Gumbs.
(Courtesy Stabroek News)

Dear Ms Lyder,

I regret to inform you that I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect. My decision to do so is not an easy task. However, in upholding the highest standards of journalism and to avoid the Express Newspaper from being brought into disrepute, I have opted to sever all ties with the company.

I apologise for the delay of not submitting a written report to you surrounding an incident that occurred in April 2015.

At the time I thought it would have been in my best interest not to do so, however, to avoid my character and reputation from being tarnished I am forced to reiterate the facts of the incident as previously discussed with you.

On April 21, 2015 I was at the St Joseph Police Station where I was in the process of making a report regarding eleven prank calls I received on April 20.

While at the police station I received a telephone call around midday from Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.

Dr Rowley indicated that he was in possession of some additional information relating to an article I had written and asked that I visit his private residence in west Trinidad since he was not at his office. Upon arriving at the residence I met two men, one of whom asked my name. I was told by one of the men that Dr Rowley was expecting me and I was escorted to the front door.

When I entered the home I was greeted by Dr Rowley whom I was astonished to see was bareback.

Although I though this to be most inappropriate, I was too embarrassed to comment on this given the office that Dr Rowley holds.

Dr Rowley then invited me to sit at his kitchen counter where he made certain written information available to me relating to a news article.

During the conversation about the information, I received a telephone call from the police station from an officer who enquired about the specific times I received the prank calls.

Being privy to the conversation Dr Rowley enquired if something was wrong.

I casually told him about the eleven phone calls I received the previous night.

To my shock and surprise Dr Rowley said: “Would you hire me to be your bodyguard outside your bedroom?”

I did not respond.

Dr Rowley again repeated the question to me.

I again did not respond.

I immediately went numb and blank. I felt completely helpless and confused as if I was being trapped in a situation that I was totally unprepared for.

Although Dr Rowley continued speaking for a while, I was totally disconnected mentally.

Photo: Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley. (Courtesy Jyoti Communication)
Photo: Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
(Courtesy Jyoti Communication)

Shortly after Dr Rowley who was bareback walked me out of his home to the front gate and I left in my vehicle.

As you may recall, I first discussed the matter with you on May 5 without naming Dr Rowley.

During that conversation I opted to refer to Dr Rowley as an official.

When asked by you if I told the official that he was inappropriately dressed I admitted to remaining silent because I felt uncomfortable and embarrassed to do so. I also admitted to not immediately leaving the premises.

I also said that while the comment: “Would you hire me to be your bodyguard outside your bedroom?” made me uncomfortable I did not respond and I have explained to you why.

Asked by you if it was the first time I visited the home of the official.

I admitted that I visited his home on April 9 where information relating to the same news article was also given.

On that occasion I said to you that after I collected the information and was walking out of his home the official touched my back and asked if I had a tattoo of a map on it.

I said to you that while I was caught off guard I told the official that my tattoo on my back was not a map but a butterfly.

Additionally, I told you that the official then asked me the meaning of the butterfly tattoo to which I replied: “It’s all a part of being chic.”

When asked by you what I was wearing I replied that it was one of my work dresses that I wore previously to attend our weekly Tuesday meetings.

I also indicated that when the official walked me to the front of his home a bee landed on my dress.

I admitted that the official removed the bee off my dress and said: “Even honey bees landing on you.”

I told you that the entire incident prompted me to shelve all of my work dresses and I explained the recent change in my professional wardrobe and I have opted to wear only pants suits while on duty.

I also indicated to you that in January at the end of an interview at the Port of Spain office of the official he enquired whether I had recently returned from vacation.

I said to you that I told the official that I was on leave to which he replied: “You are looking rosy.”

However, I admitted to you that though the previous remarks by the official made me uncomfortable I dismissed them mentally and continued to communicate with him up until April 21 because of the office he holds.

The matter was again discussed on May 19 where you recommended that I utilise the employee assistance programme by Elder’s and Associates and advised me to meet people only in public places to avoid being harmed.

I attended sessions on May 25, June 2 and 8.

During the period of counselling even though I asked by you to identify the official I opted not to because of the office he holds. I opted to withhold his name from you until recently because of the office Dr Rowley holds.

I also delayed submitting a formal report to you on the matter for that same reason.

However, I have noted your comments during our conversations where you indicated that the situation compromised me because it could be construed that information was being given in exchange for personal relations.

Photo: Trinidad Express editor-in-chief Omatie Lyder.
Photo: Trinidad Express editor-in-chief Omatie Lyder.

It should be noted that in spite of such bizarre developments, I held my ground, remained focused, and achieved my objective and was able to an unknown side of this individual.

The situation in which I found myself, whilst unfortunate, was totally unexpected.

On reflection I now feel unable to communicate with Dr Rowley any longer because he betrayed my trust and expectations.

Over the last 17 years I have conducted my job impartially, without fear or favour, regardless of political parties, sex, or interests involved.

The unfortunate experience has left me mentally scarred and traumatised.

As a woman I felt frightened and disrespected because of the compromising situation I unexpectedly found myself.

I remained shocked that Dr Rowley, a political leader, a husband, a father and grandfather, a man I held in such high regard could have acted in such an inappropriate matter and uttered such suggestive words to me.

Developments over the last 72-hours have caused me great distress to my personal and professional life hence my decision to walk away.

I thank you for your support and ensuring that I received counselling to handle similar unfortunate situations I may encounter in my future endeavours.

Yours respectfully,

Anika Gumbs

 

Editor’s Note: Click HERE to read MATT’s response to Anika Gumbs’ resignation from the Trinidad Express.

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181 comments

  1. Hannibal Najjar

    I am going to go outside the box a little to address the gravity of the situation that we are facing especially in T&T but also, the world over. Our Government and leaders have cheated the nation of what it deserves. We have selfishly provided nothing to show our least but priviledged citizens that we truly care about their simplest of needs. What can our emerging youth claim to have that gives them a sense of hope? All of what the Government has been providing seems to be without consideration of the starting positions of the majority of our overlooked but surging young population. If we put something into place that does not feature our young populations’ states of affairs and surrounding environments, and thence create a vision for them in conjunction with one for our nation at large, we would then better understand the flexible, needed working plan that would take us to that vision. If we do not operate with this mindset, we would looking from, outside the box, to inside the box….. it would be the death of a nation!

  2. There are many issues with Ms. Gumbs’ story, requiring further information. However, Dr. Rowley needs to answer certain questions as well, such as:
    1. Did you invite the reporter to your home on the date in question?
    2. Did you greet her bareback?
    3. Do you think that that was the proper attire for a professional meeting?
    4. Do you usually have meetings bareback?
    5. Did Ken Gordon entertain his meeting with you at his home bareback?
    6. If he did, would you have considered it appropriate?

    Reasonably speaking, it is not good enough to say that it is the PP ‘who doin it’. Dr. Rowley should state whether he did conduct a meeting with Ms. Gumbs bareback and whether he volunteered to be a security guard at her bedroom’s door, and if he considers that comment appropriate.
    If he denies it, well it is over to Ms. Gumbs.
    Mr. Al-Rawi has daughters, would he consider it appropriate for someone to conduct a meeting with one of his daughters in the manner Dr. Rowley allegedly did?

  3. the apparent dishonesty involved in this episode ,the lady is just being used by the politicians and will be discarded when her usefulness is over

  4. Hmmm d love of MONEY… Lord put a hand! Be humble!

  5. serious doubts have been raised by the goodly lady story,i am glad that social media ,has ventilated these concerns,the pattern has been established each a different headline on the pnm leader,the get rowley before he gets you ,is the theme of the campaign,and it has backfired ,questions are now being asked about the young lady’s mental capacity,is there a previous undiagnosed medical condition,and she has been subjected to some form of blackmail,papa smurf is capable of doing any thing to advance his cause ,there is a screw missing some where,i remember when she was chastised even her spending patterns was brought in to focus,we need to dig deeper into this.

  6. Just wondering if the lady was on a special assignment using Express cover.

  7. WHO SO GULLIBLE? Such GLARING issues with this story
    1. Why did she intentionally leave this out of her offical story published in the papers but spread it on a website of which there is no credibility? 2. You have never once expressed to a sole that you had issue with any of the behaviours exhibited by Dr. Rowley, easily encouragement. Behaviours i might add that are nothing major, ” you look rosy?” You serious? LOL. 3. The last incident was simply you look rosy, possibly the most neutral or light compliments one can give, go define rosy and see for yourself and this prompted you to resign 7 months later? Conveniently on the eve of election too although nothing new for 7 months and you just decide to resign about it now? BS. 4. You came to HIS house before. You apparently werent comfortable and said nothing or suggested nothing, and then you going BACK to his house instead of doing the porfessional thing to begin with and having it at a neutral public location? 5. And you also telling me he answered bareback which is his perogative btw as he is home, and you didnt ask for a jersey. COME NA MAN. CLEARLY THEY WERE GOOD AND SHE TURNED ON HIM. Or she was attempting to encourage something, thankfully to no avail. Or it was informal nothing serious and everybody had that understanding because nothing else ads up here

  8. Even after reading her account of what transpired, I still have a sense of gaps in this narrative. I fail to see a causal relationship between the events as told and her resignation so as not to bring the Express into disrepute. The Express was put into disrepute by this lady the minute she accepted those government contracts. Surely she knew of the conflict of interest that could potentially tarnish the reputation of her employer. Yet she didn’t resign then. Did she not care? And now she has gratuitously and conveniently grown a moral conscience as the election draws nigh? Well the correlation between an authority figure’s alleged inuendo and the woman’s debilitating trauma that rendered her incapable of doing her job totally escapes me. There seems to be more in that mortar than the pessle…

  9. Yes Judy-ann Stewart I said that in another post. Stalking Anand and his wife didn’t scare her

  10. all this is just a ruse to throw commentators off the scene,some is building up based on the analysis coming out,will she be a candidate or not ,or be involved in the communication process in the engine room,the achilles tendon is the cpep contract,once it is ventilated in the open ,then then unanswered questions will surface.another reporter for a daily newspaper also received contracts,the media has been muzzled

  11. Mel Lissa, especially if she was not traumatised by the ex-AG when she allegedly posed as a policewoman.

  12. And I don’t understand being traumatized by those statements. Clearly Anika didn’t grow up in sweet TnT

  13. All her allegations sound plausible to me. But I don’t understand quitting your job as opposed to discussing reassignment with your boss. But the letter does not say what has happened within the last 72 hrs so maybe that has more to do with it than the clearly inappropriate behavior described

  14. Liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar

  15. Not speaking race but soloman said there’s nothing new under the sun y a woman always seen to bring a man down

  16. Wouldn’t waste my time on this tripe. An investigative reporter you say! Thought she’d be made of tougher stuff. I mean, a bare back Rowley…seriously?!

  17. once she enters the electoral fray,then it is open season ,fools rush in where angel fear to tread,let us see if the gamble will work out,as we say in chess the gambit that was offered,this is just another instalment in the tale orchestrated by papa smurf of the wheel of fortune fame,next week another one will come out of the hat,

  18. Is 3 times ya know!?! What, she was in shock the first and second time that she hadda go the 3rd times to be sure?

    Allyuh watch and see how goat and cow coming out of the woodworks to say how he interfered wid dey tail.

    Watch and see!

  19. Marsha ‘Iron Tay’ Edwards, hmm… *smh*

  20. ANODDER UNC DISTRACTION —————- TO DENY CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY —————————————– http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/8-energy-firms-lost-10b-in-last-4-years-285731461.html

  21. That was no dress
    That was a sheet!

  22. Dee it’s difficult to make sense out of nonsense.. Doh even try!

  23. Mel Lissa, I’m trying all how to make sense of her story hahaha…

  24. Blow all the way up to her back?
    lolololol ..sorry Dee I couldn’t resist

  25. Tattoo on her back but she switched from dresses to pants… I’m confused. Did her dress blow up revealing the tattoo?

  26. I never said that she lying but the journalist I know insure that they are no where alone.

  27. Jackie Carr-Brown all meh good MILO spillover meh good mahogany computer desk.

    ” Dr Rowley surprised me in a hardware store and grabbed me from behind and lifted me up in the air and roared with laughter….”

    He roared???? Ah wheezing here!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahah oh jesus! Jackie ya win…

  28. My question how moonilal ent jump on that Issue as yet…is it because it backfired in their face..where people on Facebook condemn the so called accusations..where’s it pp government on this latest issue…Just asking.

  29. how d UNC so lucky —————– just another distraction ty focused on d incompplete NGC report

  30. Hahahaaaa. So Joann. You think Cherisse is lying? ?????

  31. How do you know this…When I just stated that I go many assignments by myself and have conducted many interviews alone? Joann Charles ??? Anyway, have a good day.☺

  32. I know journalist in TNT not going any place by themselves.

  33. Cherisse investigated further how? and by whom?

  34. Joann Charles I never said it was wise for her to go a 2nd and 3rd time by herself. ..I was simply correcting your ‘journalism 101’ comment which is inaccurate…and I know because I am a journalist and have covered many assignments Alone…As I also stated this story is very bizarre and clearly needs to be investigated further…but the truth has a way of coming out eventually.

  35. So his first comment about you looking rosy, made you uncomfortable, yet you arranged a further meeting at his home. There must be a name for this syndrome….. oh yes, it’s ABS( Absolute Bull S**t

  36. Setup? How? She set herself up. Rowley should sue her for the money she was paid for stupidity.

    This is the year of the “Rowley Touch”.

  37. She have to be Judas sister…

  38. I now listening to a press release by The PNM. Is 3 TIMES she went by him? Once in January and twice in April?

    Look nah man!!!!!!! So if ya know that no body won’t believe you the first and second time why not have your voice recorder on? Why not invite a colleague to come with you on the third visit? Why go at all the third time? 1,000,000 get you more doltish by March?

    #younotredenough #sharondoesntshareshebaldhead

  39. Lawyer do you have a tattoo on your back? Yes say he wanted to see your tattoo. A tattoo visible to all…..

  40. They also said the Cosby accusers fabricated their allegations–and even questions about why they were now were coming forward–

  41. The Best for the Silly Season….Anika you take the cake gyul…..another contract on the way

  42. I just want to know something… out of all the beautiful women. Out there… he will give up his whole life to pounce on her?

    If this story is true (and I’m not saying it is, anything is possible) if it is true, then he needs to be locked up. In St anns.

  43. this has a familiar theme,let me jog our memory back some decade ago,justice clarence thomas and anita hill ,the senate confirmation battle,one of the pieces came out in the hearing ,there is some pubic here on my coke,revisited the hearing folks and the pattern is established here,the strategist,kola has adopted the republican dirty tricks method,go over the statement with a pen or pencil and you will see ,if this is lifted from a document.the timing and the contents of the letter.

  44. Neil Jr Rivers Thanks for the compliment but the only thing i can do these days is cause some eyebrows to raise because of my mouth.Lol.

  45. Hannibal Najjar

    For the fun of it ONLY…. Keith show he bareback and that scar her for life? She should try working as a personal Secret Service person for VP Biden – he skinny-dipping in his private pools and, smack in their face tooboot! And for good measure, he is VP and about to announce his Presidency bid.
    Again, this is all for the fun of this. She might be better off to go back to the battle-call that Dr. Rowley is too black to be PM.

  46. Don’t know if this question was asked, but, as a senior investigative journalist wouldn’t a voice recorder be part of your tools of trade?? Unless you can write script at 120 words per minute wouldn’t you have that little black box next to your note pad and pencil?

    Was it intentionally on PAUSE when he asked to be ya butterfly protector?

    Look nuh!!! See when people come with their nonsense it makes it difficult for a REAL victim to be taken seriously.

    • Think about it: Would the good doctor, even with his hormones hyperactive in the presence of a prettyish face and a tattooed body in a dress, be foolish enough or so uncontrollably randy as to make his comments with the recorder rolling? No, sirree. If the comments were indeed made – and I am not suggesting that they were or that they weren’t – they would surely have come pre-interview or post-interview. So the recorder would be no help here.

  47. And you go bearing a tattoo… Doesn’t make sense to me. And I have a rule about not bending over backwards to try to make someone else’s stupidity make sense.

  48. So all who saying journalist covers stories by themselves. So lets say that d 1st time the man push a move you go the 2nd time alone then yuh dotish.

    • Ah! That’s one of the elements that lead so many to conclude that this story simply does not add up. Much more in the mortar than just the pestle.

  49. SHE may need to confirm or deny…………..

  50. Somehow I doubt that is among her priorities Tonyette Sharpe.

  51. Given this state of affairs, I wonder if she could ever be employed as a journalist again?

  52. As her Attorney who witnessed her emotional breakdown, I could only hope that you were compassionate enough to refer her to a professional for further assistance. Did you?

  53. This story did not add up on the first reading, and the total diminishes with every re-reading …

  54. Going to vote out kamla for sure

  55. Neil Jr Rivers, you flirting with Debbie Espinal

  56. If Dr Rowley could see a tattoo on her back it means that she was dressed inappropriately with a plan in mind. Debbie Espinal, you can still cause some neck to break and eyebrows to raise.

  57. monday we will know the truth

  58. this is indeed laughable ,please confirm is she is a canidate by nomination day

  59. Madam, your birth certificate should be an apology letter to the world!!!

  60. Once upon a time……..

  61. I’m a bit confused. What type of dress was she wearing that he was able to observe a tattoo on her back. It also took her 4 months to recognize that she was traumatized? Well yes! If i had a dollar for every casual remark of a similar nature said to me in the past in meh days when i was young and hot and “tanty” still getting some, iwould be a millionaire. Besides i taking meh compliments when i get them. Seriously though i’ve known Dr Rowley and his Wife for years. Have been in many situations where i even sat next to him in a maxi on one of our campaign trips and not once had he ever disrespected me in ANY way. In fact he would always ask after my Husband and my Family and still does to this day. So she on SHIT.

    • YesDrRowley supporters, let not your heart be troubled. Given five minutes with this complainant, any three-cents lawyer would find holes in this story big enough to let a herd of elephants through; Michael Quamina and Faris Al Rawi are $300,000 lawyers. And I have to agree with whoever it was who commented that the use of language in the resignation letter suggests that she should perhaps have been resigned earlier or she should have sent the letter to her editor before forwarding it to Omatie.

  62. Oh you’re traumatized?
    sigh

  63. Yes Richard, call me. I need money for counseling.

  64. Same thing ah now saying..Richard done looking to capitalize

  65. Jackie, I could push that story as your agent… 20%? 🙂

  66. Jackie remove that comment quickly before any one sees it!
    you can get a fast 2million…for the least

  67. OMG! You mean that day about 8 years ago when Dr Rowley surprised me in a hardware store and grabbed me from behind and lifted me up in the air and roared with laughter…..that was really sexual harrassment??? Oh Lord I only now realize how traumatised I am!! And don’t forget – scarred for life. If I had only known, I would have resigned my job then and there. Too late…as I am now retired. Maybe the PP would be interested in my story too?

  68. This story is total crap, she went once and felt uncomfortable and then went a second time and find him bareback and went inside and sat in the kitchen with him and only now resigning… for what. There is so much in this story that does not make any sense when you pull it apart. If she is not being paid for this I know a good Doctor in St. Anns that can help her. Crap, Crap, Crap…

  69. Oh please.. You resign because you wanted to.. You just found the excuse you were looking for…

  70. Lasana, brother, I have no words, oui. I think Vernal articulated my position well enough early in the responses.

  71. I think this woman should be SUED! Remember a woman came out of the woodworks sometime around an election period and stated she had a child for Mr.Manning, did somebody threaten you to take this delusional measure, ha ha! Girl ah shame for you, I happen to have seen Dr.R on many occasions, he is very strict and serious, aint no way in hell he would speak such words, its hard to even get him to speak to his staff at any period out of professional periods, she mad, ha ha

  72. Havent she seen Dr.Rowley’s wife, SHAME On you sister

  73. I smell bullsh*t……Maybe now the Express can reclaim their top spot seeing that the deadweight is gone

  74. Hannibal Najjar

    May our country get the best leadership to take us to where we deserve to be and not where we deserve to be, should we get the one we don’t deserve to have.
    That said, when I see and hear these things, I comfort in myself as a stupidie! Keith Rowley baiting someone in his own house? This alleged son of a rapist trying his father’s tactics? All of his life nobody has come out of the woodworks and all of a sudden, Sharon Clarke’s longstanding and country-patriotic husband have two citations on his head as a womanizer starting from that insipid carnival accusation that he winning on some young girl!
    The fight for this election should be on solid grounds and REAL issues because our country is lost and compassless and should not be on falsified feminists’ rights issues – leave that for Hillary Clinton and her dragging lying campaign. Women are smart! My mother was a smart woman; my wife is! My three grown adult professional daughters are, and there are so many others that we are very proud of and assist us men to make wise decisions. The self-proclaimed victim here seems to feel in every sense it is okay to follow the politics as they occur in the US – even the young Millennial women in the US who have been wooed to such triteness have awaken and making very thoughtful choices.

  75. Something not right , she work for ???? . lol , this is BS

  76. I suspect there is more to follow this story.

  77. This is a married man with family and why would he choose to do such mess at his house .I hope it’s worth it .

  78. This is a married man with family and why would he choose to do such mess at his house .I hope it’s worth it .

  79. This is a Public Advisory to all Females of T&T

    To protect yourself against Honey Bees ( And I assume Killers Bees as well ) please shelve all your work dresses and wear Pants Suits only . For some unfathomable reason bees will only land on dresses and will never land on pants suits

  80. David, granted. However, he should know better than to invite a young woman to his home, with no one present, on more than one occasion. He has an office. There are many restaurants. Every Black politician praise Obama, and they have not observed that all the ill things his opposition can say about him, they could never question his judgement and credibility

    • One should question why he invited her home when no one was present. A man of his experience, especially considering the allegations Vernella Toppin made, should know better. On the other hand, its really sad to see ppl demonize an alleged victim because of loyalty to their party, but little do they know a lot of molested women did not act as you would expect while in the situation for different reasons. While I believe there’s two sides to a story, I don’t think throwing out the possibility of the incident is wise because it’s Dr. Rowley. You can know someone, and still not know them.

    • One should question why he invited her home when no one was present. A man of his experience, especially considering the allegations Vernella Toppin made, should know better. On the other hand, its really sad to see ppl demonize an alleged victim because of loyalty to their party, but little do they know a lot of molested women did not act as you would expect while in the situation for different reasons. While I believe there’s two sides to a story, I don’t think throwing out the possibility of the incident is wise because it’s Dr. Rowley. You can know someone, and still not know them.

    • But why would she resign? Rowley is not her employer. Why not simply refuse to do any further stories on him? This story is very difficult to believe.

  81. I have so many questions;uppermost is- did she resign in order to write this letter? I don’t understand how Ms Lyder could have prompted this move and how being out of a job is helpful in anyway.

  82. I BELIEVE THIS STORY IS TOTALY FABRICATED.

  83. The good Doctor seems to have a problem with Judgement. After the public “why” of winning on a young woman in south Carnival, why conduct business at your home with young woman, when no one else is present ? Although the complaint has many questionable points, reinforced perception makes one wonder.

  84. The good Doctor seems to have a problem with Judgement. After the public “why” of winning on a young woman in south Carnival, why conduct business at your home with young woman, when no one else is present ? Although the complaint has many questionable points, reinforced perception makes one wonder.

    • Agree. But Judgment. Period. I’m no party supporter.

    • That make both of us…but I would not even consider his judgement either…I will be neutral an let it unfold….no speculations until then….I just won’t leave my job for this.

    • To Eric’s point though, “judgment” is key. Dr. Rowley should be well aware of perceptions and strategic movements. In this day and age, I would have thought that it is common knowledge that men should NOT have closed-door meetings with women, or even so, especially in his position, without another person present.
      This casual laissez-faire attitude that pervades TT’s MO begs the question, “When will TT be ready for prime time?”
      Too besides, who is Dr. Rowley’s campaign manager and does he not have strategic advisors around.
      Whether or not this incident, with all its grammatical errors and typos, is true, only adds to the PR nightmare and I hope that Dr. Rowley’s mind has grown since April.
      As the leader of a country, or any powerful PERSON must know that the opposite sex is a viable weapon that is ably used to tumble empires…nuff said!

    • To Eric’s point though, “judgment” is key. Dr. Rowley should be well aware of perceptions and strategic movements. In this day and age, I would have thought that it is common knowledge that men should NOT have closed-door meetings with women, or even so, especially in his position, without another person present.
      This casual laissez-faire attitude that pervades TT’s MO begs the question, “When will TT be ready for prime time?”
      Too besides, who is Dr. Rowley’s campaign manager and does he not have strategic advisors around.
      Whether or not this incident, with all its grammatical errors and typos, is true, only adds to the PR nightmare and I hope that Dr. Rowley’s mind has grown since April.
      As the leader of a country, or any powerful PERSON must know that the opposite sex is a viable weapon that is ably used to tumble empires…nuff said!

    • Well said Janice Lawrence-Clarke. I think your point the social attitude help me understand the difference in perception.

    • Well said Janice Lawrence-Clarke. I think your point the social attitude help me understand the difference in perception.

    • Eric dear, the social attitude of Trinbagonians is THE source of frustration for those who wish to put efficiency into place in TT.
      When anyone stands up for correcting a social ill that would benefit the greater good, the GG does want to kno, wey dey beatin up deyself for?
      Like yuh fuhget, dey like it so or wot?

    • Eric dear, the social attitude of Trinbagonians is THE source of frustration for those who wish to put efficiency into place in TT.
      When anyone stands up for correcting a social ill that would benefit the greater good, the GG does want to kno, wey dey beatin up deyself for?
      Like yuh fuhget, dey like it so or wot?

  85. Big question what is the going rate for this foolishness…….. she on rel shit

  86. Why resign from the express Rowley working is he her boss would she be in contact with him on a daily basis? Stupidity is way too common

  87. so I just have to laugh at this shit… Now ppl I would be very honest here I am not voting because I see no one to vote for… That being said… After read this bullshit or short story.lol I have a few questions.

  88. That line though…”a father, grandfather,” sounds oh so familiar. I have heard it before.

  89. This is a serious story..,I do not down play it, or wish to re victimize the alleged victim…but meanwhile I will not run with this story, I will wait to hear both sides of this story. I must say this story seems to be trying to paint a particular picture of Dr. Rowley which Vernella Topping tried to paint, i.e. that Dr. Rowley is a rapist, an you an I know what was the end of that story. I trudt we the citizenry will traverse safely along this trek, because it is a very dangerous one, both if true an untrue. If true it will affect the minds of the citizenry and their perception of Dr. Rowley, but if untrue it also is a very defamatory story, one that has the power to hurt a man, his family an a country….allegations of this nature is serious an should not be bandied about without circumstantial evidence. I as an individual though ask myself why quit ones job what does that have to do with bringing a an allegation forward? If this story is true why not keep your job an deal with the alledge man? That is my concern but as a person who follow current affairs I will stay tune, because this election is proving to be more an more interesting.

  90. People, there are usually three sides to a story… his side, her side and the truth. Reporters usually record their interviews via electronic recorder or even on their cell phones…. an then again, is it so easy for the goodly Doc to take bait and fall to prey??? mmmm…particularly since it was so soon after the parliament expose… somethings not adding up and I too will wait to see what more to come.

  91. The plot thickens………….

  92. That is why I want my granddaughter, like my daughter, to be taught you do not have to use your body to please others, you do not have to hug and kiss every adult, you can smile and says hello nicely while looking at them and that’s just as good. You can stop anyone at any time and walk away when you think they are behaving inappropriately. When something you think is wrong happens you tell the authorities until someone listens and takes the appropriate action.

  93. She too ugly for Keith to track she js want fame lol

  94. Could this election get any weirder?

  95. You read lie. That is lie! Big money passed over here, part of the No Rowley Campaign . It ‘ all about the timing of the release .

  96. Oky Richard Zen O’Brien we will stay tuned fr the full report count dis as de head line of the up coming news

  97. So that’s her only assignment to cover the Dr? steupsss girl please

  98. I think this story is actually a take down of The Express. My guess is Gumbs tried to push a ‘Rowley story’ and the Express didn’t bite. I believe the resignation is related to something that happened in the ’72 hours’. That’s coming next.

  99. This is the same woman who after Anil Roberts challenged her on a political platform let him know that she is easily intimidated by him, but the sight of a bare-backed man scarred her for life,so much so that she just has to resign her position and she doesn’t know how she would be able to take care of her financial obligations. She must believe we’re all “stoopid.” #Ipitythefool #sillyrabbit #tricksareforkids #playyuhself

  100. Ahhhh Derek Sean Thompson my words self. Dr Rowley hve to be high on something to put advances to a reporter just before Election or anytime fr that matter. Woman as a journalist I say turn back and come again

  101. Didn’t know Keith had such bad taste.

  102. I’m not perfect, sometimes men say silly things to women, I’ve done it in the past. However, I have never and will never touch a woman without her consent. If this indeed happened why wait until now? Why not shout to the top of your lungs when / if it did happen? Again, just questions…

  103. Lol. Dr. Rowley make de woman change her whole wardrobe. Stop wearing dresses and start wearing only pants to work. She not even working for Rowley! Everytime you read over this letter you find more things to steups at!

  104. After the first and second ‘advances’ according to her letter, she didn’t see it necessary to either ask for company, request to be removed from interviewing Dr Rowley, gather sound evidence on her other visits?

  105. I doh take chain up from any political party, so yuh ain’t sure if Rowley was just being a typical “slimeball” or if she’s for sale and up to no good.
    The only problem I have though is what reporter worth their salt resigns from their job because a man buss a “track”, and also what politician gives a reporter an easy big story all laid out on a platter so soon to a general election?

  106. That is not journalism 101. Depending on the nature of the story common sense may require you go with someone but many times you just go it alone Joann Charles. That holds true everywhere.

  107. I now go to post that I need to cal Mr live wire

  108. I too will not put my head on a block for anyone but I have so many questions: (1) The young lady was so traumatized by this event that it scarred her? (2) Why not take action back in April or May why now? (3) So if someone is making advances at you who is not directly employed where you work why resign from your job? Why not ask for a transfer to interview other people? (4) If this happened why didn’t she put him in his place one time. Women usually do that they put you in your place and it matters not what office you hold. (5) Again why not come out back in April and May with this if it was true? (6) Does the young lady have anything to gain from this? (7) Is there a need for Rowley to pull his socks up and watch how he speaks to young ladies?

  109. What has caused her to be “mentally scared and traumatised”?

  110. I have a full day of football duty. But I will definitely try to do one this evening or tonight Eric A St Bernard!

  111. In the US where they covering Watergate not in Tdad when they writing essay in the newspaper.

  112. Richard Zen…
    #Rodneycharlesnorowleycamapign coming

  113. Ain’t putting my head on no block for no1 especially politicians …but to me this ez to investigate and prove/disprove …and if true he shud fall back…even in less time than the month given to find out about plant like substances …. Is she the only female reporter that interviews d Dr. Can any other 1 indicate that had similar experiences to show a behavioural pattern? I now I’ve see a few reports a lot more attractive than her..so why the Dr. tackle her and not others if is she alone

  114. “Developments over the next 72-hours have caused me great distress to my personal and professional life hence my decision to walk away.”….something else coming.

  115. Uhmmm…that’s not journalism 101 Joann Charles Many times reporters go alone to conduct interviews or cover assignments. This story is just bizarre!

  116. Check her bank account. Let’s see if a large sum was recently deposited

  117. Who does she think she’s fooling with that one? Look woman, stop your bloody idiocy, eh!

  118. So… a bald headed bareback man who offered to be your bodyguard going so far as to remove a bee from your clothes almost 4 months ago left you traumatised?

    You! An investigative journalist?

    What about the following story? How did you “feel” after this one or are they both related Ms Gumbs? #justasking

    http://wired868.com/2013/09/09/ramlogans-attorneys-batter-express-ladies/

  119. Lasana Liburd, I await your story of this story…

  120. Listen dis hve me smiling . Who put up this woman to this trick. Come again Election is soon. Wht else will somebody make up Dr Rowley did ?

  121. Journalism 101 do not go alone on an interview. Walk with a photographer.

  122. Strange that after she left the guardian and started her company where she was getting lucrative contracts she would go back to reporting after she more or less said she wanted to be a successful business woman?

  123. Thanks to Ian Alleyne everybody have cameras in their house now..Can’t they check the date to see if d Dr. was topless lol etc when she visited him home? It also have the 2 men as witnesses.. And where was his wife? Was she home ? Are d Dr. n his wife swingers? lol

  124. I didn’t realize Dr. Rowley owned the express.

  125. I don’t know Rowley personally but he doesn’t strike me as someone who is so casual that he would be expecting a female reporter and forget to put on a shirt!

  126. The English is so off in this letter for a reporter/journalist….I am confused even more…

    • Scotty Ranking

      You are not alone … Big ‘senior investigative journalist’ and the spelling, grammar and sentence construction can’t pass Form Three level? Sad. No wonder some of her previous work was ‘fuller eras’ …

    • Thank you! There are lots of errors from subject-verb agreement issues, phrases trying to pass themselves off as sentences, and so on. Also, since this a resignation letter, and journalists are supposed to be excellent communicators, why weren’t the details of the alleged incident submitted as an attachment to the resignation letter? This seriously boggles the mind.

    • It sound like a resignation/ statement

  127. Like I said..an investigative reporter is supposed to be fearless and assertive. Her behaviour sounds like that ditsy mousehaired woman in Fifty Shades! That is what makes this whole story sound alarm bells. Do you think Camini Maharaj would behave like this?

  128. It’s almost like she has a gun to her head and she’s just doing enough not to get shot!

  129. Wow. This is a letter of resignation? Sounds more like a carefully constructed piece of fiction . With enough true parts to make it look authentic. This is turning out to be a nasty battle between good and evil. This latest move to use an investigative reporter is a brilliant strategy. She is someone the public will look at as trustworthy and fearless so her story will seem credible. Of course when real investigators dig deeper they will see the trail of breadcrumbs that lead right back to the PP failed strategy of sending people of African descent to destroy Keith Rowley. Also Anika has benefitted from PP contracts and it’s quite possible that she was paid handsomely to orchestrate this. She looks like an astute businesswoman. I think lots of damage can come from this issue. The PNM would need to be swift with their reaction.

  130. I’m still confused by her reaction to Rowley’s alleged behavior. Asking to be her bodyguard, inquiring about her tattoo and removing a bee from her dress caused trauma?
    And what does this have to do with her position at the Express, she wasn’t the paper’s Rowley correspondent.

  131. Wow if this is indeed true …it’s inappropriate at the very least.

  132. Why would you resign your job over this unrelated matter? What did your company do to you?

  133. Sparrow come to mind with the bees on the dress situation , The Dr wife 10 time rosier than that , something wrong Rodney , try again .