BAM wants Kadooment to go down another road

In the wake of Monday’s shooting incident which left one man dead and marred the climax of the annual Crop Over festival, a spokesman for masqueraders is calling on the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) to change the current Kadooment route.

President of the Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM) Chetwyn Stewart today suggested that this was necessary in the interest of public safety.

“I will say this and I don’t care who get vex with me. It has come to a point where the route has to change. I personally don’t want it cause I grew up with that route.  I understand the route. I understand the importance of the route and the people . . . [but] you cannot control the area that it is in now and the number of young people having guns and stuff you cannot control that route any more,” said Stewart, while insisting that change was now necessary.

“Safety must be first,” he added.

His comments come immediately on the heels of the shooting death of 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock of 3rd Avenue, Chapman Lane, St Michael who allegedly fell victim to gang violence while on the Spring Garden Highway for Monday’s Crop Over last lap celebrations.

At least 18 other people – including a six-year-old child, who was grazed by a bullet – are also nursing gunshot wounds as a result of the incident, which occurred after 6 p.m. on the Spring Garden Highway.

With police yet to apprehend the perpetrators, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley today said they should be made to feel the full weight of the law.

During a news conference at his Haggatt Hall, St Michael office, Lashley also acknowledged BAM’s concerns, saying all suggestions regarding the governance and execution of the festival would be  seriously considered.

“We have an excellent relationship with our stakeholders, including the Barbados Association of Masqueraders and I’m sure the NCF will shortly be conducting their reviews and intense consultations with our stakeholders, and all of the ideas, including the one that Mr Stewart has put in the table, all of those will be looked at.

“We also work very close with the Royal Barbados Police Force and the security agencies, so we will be certainly reviewing all the relevant factors in relation to the security, taking into account the suggestions made by the stakeholders as we continue to provide and to develop Crop Over in the best possible manner,” the minister said.

In the meantime, members of BAM’s executive were scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening to discuss their Grand Kadooment concerns.   

Stewart, who is deeply saddened by  Monday night’s shooting incident, said it has served to underscore a number of issues raised by his association over the years.

“So we are really going to have to come out and make some statements because things can be a lot better, improvements can be made. And therefore we have to bring it out in the open now.

“Now is the time to implement some of these things that would make a difference and make it a lot safer for revellers and for people on the road on the whole.  This isn’t about Grand Kadooment only. This will have an impact on Barbados on a whole and how we are seen as a safe destination,” he said.

Source: (RG/DB)

34 Responses to BAM wants Kadooment to go down another road

  1. Margo Bourne
    Margo Bourne August 9, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Changing the route would make a lot of us feel very happy and safe

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    • Iteebah Cadogan
      Iteebah Cadogan August 9, 2017 at 6:15 am

      So violence can’t gt at d other route to stupess

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    • Danny Colombian Clarke
      Danny Colombian Clarke August 9, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Iteebah the gun men don’t travel ? Lolol wha they does left one side the island and go to the next to shoot up somebody . So who feel a different route going change anything really lost. This gun thing sadly is island wide . I’m not promoting it in any way because I’m sickened with what seems to be the norm these days but trust me a change of route will change nothing as long as they got guns out there thicker than bush

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  2. ricardo August 9, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Change the route? Change the constitution which would allow for the reinstatement of the death penalty, so let’s hear you now Mr. Lashley. Full extent of what law my foot…you can really be silent because you nor your (AG)/ colleagues want the full extent , but I guess you have to say what you think the public wants to hear.

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  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 9, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Sounds good but thugs gine follow anyways.

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  4. Ryvan Springer
    Ryvan Springer August 9, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Changing the route won’t change a thing. Death goes anywhere it wants to go. Smh

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  5. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury August 9, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I’m listening to this “change of route”. Is this the only solution?

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  6. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor August 9, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Aint like it gine be a secret route…. Stupse….

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  7. Kani Buss
    Kani Buss August 9, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Thugs every where,Spring Garden is the melting pot!

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  8. Sylvie August 9, 2017 at 6:19 am

    The route is not the problem or the cause of the violence.This is the best route for the parade. The band leaders need to provide better security and service to their masquerders and stop receiving subventions from the Government.Any additional money should be used to employ some Island Constables to patrol the route and lend assistance to the regular Police Force. BAM is receiving assistance from Government via subventions and increased prize money but the masquerders are not getting any better service

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  9. Vaughan Mcclean
    Vaughan Mcclean August 9, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Changing the route still can stop none u need better security

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  10. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall August 9, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Look Darien don’t kill mah laugh already this morning

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  11. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall August 9, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Really???????

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  12. Zabeeda Alli Abdool
    Zabeeda Alli Abdool August 9, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Makes no difference…enough is enough…

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  13. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 9, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Location is not the culprit here,the human animal behavior cannot be regulated by geographic proximity or tough laws…tugs have always infiltrated civilizations..

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow August 9, 2017 at 7:38 am

      But well orchestrated crowd control using Police manned barriers might alleviate a percentage of the lawlessness

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner August 9, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Michael Crichlow Agree well said.

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow August 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Rawle Spooner there is a plaster for every sore,but if the sore is not properly treated….then loss of limb or toxic shock may lead to death..therefore allowance of a few bad individuals to ruin a celebration might be counter productive

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner August 9, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Michael Crichlow Agree again, this is not time for knee jerk reactions because it’s the thugs who win not law abiding folks.

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  14. Charles Vanvieldt
    Charles Vanvieldt August 9, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Location aint nothing lol but I would still like to see it on the south coast

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  15. Shamaine Andrew
    Shamaine Andrew August 9, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Ammm……y ?

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  16. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith August 9, 2017 at 9:12 am

    So now you going to let these gangs hold Barbados hostage,and by the way they have transportation they can travel,and gangs are all over the place.
    Stop letting these gangs control Barbados,deal with the situation,by whatever means.

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  17. Ras Small
    Ras Small August 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

    So other dan changing de route/destination to lessen/curb de violence on Kadooment, what other solutions wunna got?!
    Popping necks!?
    Stop breeding!?
    Stop importation of guns via sea & other Port’s of entry!?
    Stop playing politricks, both B & D wid ppl lives and dey family’s future!?
    Sunset laws!?
    Wholistic parenting!?
    How about tekking responsibility & accountability for our actions & inactions!!
    Or wunna cud keep praying!!
    But wunna want ta do dis fah only Kadooment Day- Crop Over – Touri$t or fah entire country?!?!

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  18. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke August 9, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Carry it out in d sea, smh. Never hear so much poppycock yet!

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    • Marcia Applewhaite
      Marcia Applewhaite August 9, 2017 at 10:59 am

      I was saying the same thing,until I come across your comment.You read me loud and clear.I was saying,while you at it,ca it in the sea.LOL

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  19. Shonelle R Johnson
    Shonelle R Johnson August 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

    For what and send it where. Opens mouth and sounds like an idiot.

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  20. Saundra Moore
    Saundra Moore August 9, 2017 at 11:31 am

    This doesn’t make sense…

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  21. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Ok talk about changing route sounds good to some people but it’s not going to solve crime problem,only good old fashion policing could do that not knee jerk reactionary ideas.RBPF got to gather good intelligence and go after criminals but not just these people on the streets but the higher-ups we could pretends it’s cats on the blocks but ain’t buying that there is way bigger fish.Also slow snail pace justice got to send a strong serious message not this hug a thug b/s it presently hands out and finally useless politicians regardless of who is in power got to make serious laws with serious bite and create good environment so jobs become available not that gine make crime go away but it helps in certain situations.

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  22. Ossie Moore August 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Watt an asinine statement :

    Quote : ” a spokesman for masqueraders is calling on the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) to change the current Kadooment route ”
    With leaders like him you talking don’t need Mylanta to help start the diarrhea ,because he and all of the others like him are all filled up with full of Q R P . . . Quick Running Pup.

    . . . . . so changing the route will stop the black cattle ( according to the late King Dyal ) from killing each other ? That’s just like saying ‘meet the old boss . . .same as the new boss.

    Oh yea , change the route to Hastings or Oistins or somewhere in Christ Church and see how quickly the shooting tables will turn . Now the white 5 % will become the gangs and start shooting up the black 95 %.

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  23. Ossie Moore August 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    What an asinine statement :

    Quote : ” a spokesman for masqueraders is calling on the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) to change the current Kadooment route ”

    With leaders like him you talking don’t need Mylanta to help start the diarrhea ,because he and all of the others like him are all filled up with full of Q R P . . . Quick Running Pup.

    . . . . . so changing the route will stop the black cattle ( according to the late King Dyal ) from killing each other ? That’s just like saying ‘meet the old boss . . .same as the new boss.

    Oh yea , change the route to Hastings or Oistins or somewhere in Christ Church and see how quickly the shooting tables will turn . Now the white 5 % will become the gangs and start shooting up the black 95 %.

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  24. fedup August 9, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Please change it so me and my ride won’t be held hostage in my gap wid all dee barricades. lol

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  25. hcalndre August 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    What changing the route would do Mr. Stewart? I heard you said its your neighborhood, so say that you don`t want the parade passing through just in case shooting erupts. With life in jail or rather the death penalty after they uses all of their appeals, I know that the other block brothers would not want to face that same end. While they`re awaiting their fate they can send out invitations to the other members and have a last word with them.

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  26. Adrian August 10, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Everyone knows that changing the route is not a solution to the current problem. What everyone also knows is that changing the route will also change the persons benefitting from the Kadooment. I hope that is not the reason behind this suggestion.

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  27. Tony Waterman August 11, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Why are fools like the Leader of BAM given any space in these Publications ???
    This Shooting WAS Gng Related, wether the guy Shot was a Gang Menber or Not we don’t know, Maybe he was just hanging with someone who was a Gang member, we don’t Know, But!!! The Leader of BAM does Not seem to know how Gangs Operate, otherwise he would NOT make these Silly Statements about moving the Route, what would it Matter, if he is ORDERED to shoot BOB and Grand Kadooment is on Mount Hillaby, BOB will be Shot anyway.
    The Answer in my opinion, would be to Turn over Spring Garden Highway to the Military for the Duration of the Festival, and that would free up Police for Other Security Jobs.
    I am NOT a Fan of Using the Military for such incursions into Civil Matters, but something has to be done that will bring the NEEDED Results, and i know that this action if Taken, will acheive that end.they Must By Law from Parliament be given Powers of ARREST.

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