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Oct 18

SECURITY FORCES PRAISED FOR THEIR EFFECTIVENESS DURING CARNIVAL SEASON

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 17, 2018 (SKNIS): Law enforcement officers in St. Kitts and Nevis came in for high praise for their efforts at policing Carnival activities and maintaining safety and security.

This was echoed by Noah Mills, Chairman of St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival Committee (SKNNCC), during his appearance on “Working for You” on Wednesday, October 17, where he commended members of the security forces for their efficiency during the past Carnival seasons.

“I think that the police and the army and the other security forces have done a tremendous job over the years, especially the last three years where we have been there in controlling some of the bands as it relates to accident, crime and violence, and personal attacks during the various events on the streets or in the neighbourhood and I commend them using this medium,” he said, adding that they were able to carry out their duties with diligence and efficiency and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

Mr. Mills added that security forces should always be praised for their effort and success, noting that he looks forward to working closely with them once again for the 2018-2019 Carnival season, which is set to kick off with the Opening of the National Carnival on November 23, 2018, and culminating on January 05, 2019, with the Closing of Sugar Mas Village.

He noted that Carnival is about oneness and encouraged persons to play their part in ensuring that the safety and security during the Carnival season will continue to be maintained.

“I think more and more the stakeholders are beginning to understand that Carnival is about togetherness and it involves politics,” he said, adding that this form of politics has nothing to do with political parties. “I am talking about the politics of competition. I am thinking about the politics of calypso and that is in the DNA of Carnival because… irrespective of which Government is in power you will have calypsonians singing for and against. I can’t ever recall of a single year where there wasn’t a calypsonian signing for the government in power at the time and likewise a calypsonian or more singing against. That is just the nature of calypso.”

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