Thursday, October 28, 2021


Sir Arthur Hanna Dies at 93. A Closer Look at His Legacy

The seventh Governor-General of the Bahamas, Arthur Dion Hanna died on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis remembered him as a Bahamian giant who fought for all.

“As a boy and then as a young man growing up, I will remember A.D. Hanna, especially his belief in the talents and gifts of Bahamians.  He possessed a progressive soul and spirit.

“I remember him constantly fighting for opportunities for all Bahamians in every sector of society.

“This fight for opportunity continues.  We are grateful for his service and for his enduring example. - The Governor General Participates in 90th Birthday Celebration of the Hon. Arthur D. Hanna
Sir A.D Hanna celebrated his birthday with daughter, Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin in 2018.

Who was A.D Hanna

  • He served as GG from 2006 to 2012.
  • He helped to form the first majority rule government in 1967.
  • Hanna was known as one of the Founding Fathers of the nation helping to fight for equality and social justice throughout his life.
  • Hanna served in the Cabinet as Finance, Education, Home Affairs and Trade and Industry ministers.
  • He was Deputy Prime Minister for many years during successive administrations of Sir Lynden Pindling.
  • He was an attorney and joined the Progressive Liberal Party after returning from law school in the United Kingdom.
  • He served as the PLP’s Deputy Leader for many years.
  • He was a Member of Parliament for 32 years and Government Leader in the House of Assembly from 1967 to 1984, and a member of the House from 1960 to 1992, serving Anne’s Town Constituency.
  • He fought for majority rule and independence and Bahamianization.
  • Hanna loved boating, fishing and farming.
  • He was the father of Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin.
Philip Brave Davis celebrated Arthur D. Hanna as a man who dedicated his life to The Bahamas |
Sir A.D Hanna was predeceased by his wife Beryl Hanna.

Butler-Turner and Hanna-Martin in Protest After Komolafe’s Reported Arrest

Former FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner said the questioning of DNA leader Arinthia Komolafe by the Royal Bahamas Police Force on Monday morning infringes on the democratic rights of Bahamians.

Standing outside of the Central Police Station, Butler along with PLP MP for Englerston Glennys Hanna-Martin said they stand in support of Komolafe and the equal rights of women.

The big picture

Komolafe and 10 other members of her party were called in for questioning at 9:30 am on Monday morning for recently assembling and protesting in Parliament Square without a permit. The protest is reported to have occurred three weeks ago.

What Butler-Turner said

Initially, Butler drove by the station questioning the activity near the station as a group of DNA supporters assembled on the outside.

After getting an update on the situation, Butler spoke to reporters from her vehicle. She said, “This is crazy. Tell them we should let Bahamians go. We don’t live in a military state.”

Butler later returned, standing on the steps of the station continuing the protest of Komolafe’s detention.

“Why is a woman being bullied?

“We talk about equality. Why is this woman being detained?

“It appears to be political victimization. It’s a disrespect to Bahamian women everywhere.

“Let her go,” Butler shouted.

What Hanna-Martin said

Hanna-Martin said she supports women in leadership as she stood with DNA supporters as Komolafe remained inside the station.

When asked what role she plays in the events of the day, Hanna Martin said she is apart of Komolafe’s “legal, woman and citizen team.”

“She is a strong woman.

“…Fact is, she is a woman who cannot be overlooked.”