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...Bro Resistance to tackle issue after Carnival
ANNA-LISA PAUL AND
For almost two decades,
the Trinbago Unified Ca-
(TUCO) managed its biggest
and main carnival revenue
earner, the Calypso Fiesta
However, as of this year,
a directive from Govern-
ment has now placed all
management of ticket sales
and revenue made from the
competition in the hands of
the National Carnival Commission (NCC).
The move, however, is not sitting well with
the executive of TUCO.
In a telephone interview yesterday, TUCO
president Lutalo "Brother Resistance" Masimba
said they a stunned by the move because there
was no hint that such a move was coming.
"There was no consultation whatsoever and
this is the sad part about how this situation
unfolded," he said, adding it would have been
common courtesy to inform them.
The NCC was also given similar responsibil-
ity for Pan Trinbago's finances for the Carnival
While Masimba said he understood the need
for change, he said the right thing to do would
have been to discuss it.
"All things must change and if there must be
a transition regarding the management of the
event, if that is Government's desire, I would
think that the mature thing to do, the courteous
thing to do, would be to sit down and meet with
the organisation over a period of time."
He said these discussions should have fol-
lowed immediately after Carnival 2016, "map-
ping out the mechanics of that transition."
Unlike the Pan Trinbago executive, which has
been accused of financial mismanagement and
impropriety, Masimba said TUCO remains in
the dark over what prompted the move con-
cerning Calypso Fiesta.
Amid the unfolding drama, he
said TUCO remained focused on
ensuring it delivers a superior ca-
lypso product to local and inter-
national audiences on Saturday.
Labelling this "a Carnival of
uncertainty," Masimba ques-
tioned the veracity of the min-
istry's directive, as he said there
was a 1997 Cabinet Note which
outlined the NCC's role in the
production of Carnival. He said
he was unaware of any formal
change to the note and believes
it remains in effect. He hinted
that the organisation was ready
to defend its operations before a court.
"We would have to work out the other things
after Carnival, in the same way that the court
asked NCC and Pan Trinbago to settle the mat-
ter after Carnival, we expect we would also have
to iron out our situation outside of the Carnival."
Masimba urged the public to attend the
semi-final round of the competition at Skin-
ner's Park, guaranteeing they would have a
Among TUCO's other events for the season
are the Extempo Finals, Calypso by Category
Final and the National Calypso Monarch Final
under the umbrella of Dimanche Gras, which
is managed by the NCC.
When asked if TUCO feared other events
would suffer the same fate, Masimba said the
ministry's directive was specific only to Ca-
lypso Fiesta and that, "we will be handling the
He was unable to say if the move would affect
payments now, as "these grey areas still need
to be worked out even at the last minute." He
stressed it was important not to have any con-
fusion at the event, as they wanted to showcase
a professional and properly coordinated show.
But Masimba said TUCO still has to meet
with the NCC to map out the areas of respon-
sibilities on the day.
Calls to NCC chairman Kenny De Silva's cell
phone went unanswered yesterday.
Shirt and tie bandits rob taxi driver
Dressed in shirts and ties, two bandits
held up and robbed a PH taxi driver of
$1,500 in Freeport on Monday.
Police said around midday, the 29-year-
old taxi driver picked up the two men at St
Mary's Junction. The men asked to be taken
to Brickfield Road, Waterloo. On nearing
their destination, however, one of the men
pulled out a gun and placed it to the driver's
neck. He ordered the driver to hand over his
money and they got out the car and escaped.
The robbery was reported to Freeport
police, but up to yesterday the men were
not held. WPC Parks is continuing inves-
In another incident, a bandit robbed a
cashier and patron at the popular Charlie's
Bar in San Fernando yesterday.
A report stated that around 12.05 am, the
36-year-old cashier, of Pleasantville, was
on duty at the bar along Pointe-a-Pierre
Road tending to a patron. A man wearing a
greed hoodie entered and as he approached
the counter, he pulled out a gun and ordered
them to hand over their jewellery, which
amounted to almost $8,000. The gunman
then escaped in a vehicle that was parked
PC Ali and PC Gervais responded, but
they were not able to get the brand or col-
our of the getaway vehicle.
NCC takes over
TUCO gate $ too
Lutalo "Brother Resistance"
Wendy Garrick performs her song, titled Fly Trinbago, which earned her second place
during the 33rd annual National Calypso Queen Competition at Queen's Hall, St Ann's, on
Monday night. The competition was held in tribute of Chief Servant Makandal Daaga.
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