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The mess that is Carnival
Last Wednesday, I along with the rest of the country received a personal touch from the Office of the Prime Minister. A personalised text message was received by hundreds of thousands of citizens saying: “Stay faithful, stick to one partner. Protect yourself and partner from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. A tip courtesy the Office of the Prime Minister.”
What in the world is this message really about? Blood flowing in the country more than water in WASA’s pipes, the state of the economy is in shambles, people in authority only enjoying the perks but underperforming and all the Prime Minister can do is message the nation about sticking with one partner.
If anything, the Prime Minister’s message confirms what I have been saying all along, Carnival has become nothing but an expression of vulgarity, lewdness, incest, a bunch of wild hyenas running around in heat!
“We jamming still” and “thief a wine on a bumsee” mentality prevails. Why else would the Prime Minister see it fit to have his good office message “sex talk” on the eve of Carnival? How much did these text messages cost?
By now, decent-minded individuals must have had enough of this incompetence and continuing squandermania! Carnival cannot be the greatest show on earth.
Rather, it is one of the greatest disasters on earth. The statistics and the signs are there for all to see this year.
It is clear that Carnival has been propped up and perpetuated by tax payers’ dollars as opposed to having earned the country revenue over the years.
Private promoters of Soca Monarch and Chutney Soca Monarch etc, have run away laughing with volumes of wealth over the years and as soon as the economy took a dip and the State was unable to subsidise their event, they folded. Chutney Soca Monarch 2018 is a case on point.
Fellow citizens, are we happy that every year we pump hundreds of millions into an event which eats away at the very moral fabric of our society.
A daily newspaper front page picture of entertainer Nisha B captured at Machel Monday says it all. What was she wearing?
Possibly an over-scrubbed shower/bathroom curtain! How do we justify her outfit to our young primary school kids?
When the teachers give out homework to collect pictures of scenes of Carnival this year and a child sticks that picture of Nisha B, what message do we think we are sending home with these impressionable young minds?
Obviously we are saying to young girls that it is okay to virtually undress in the public and to boys we say it is okay to gyrate on these ladies, “thief a wine” on their bumsee.
When the damage is done at such early ages, do we really think that the other text message from the Office of the Prime Minister to “End Gender Based Violence. SEE IT, STOP IT, REPORT IT!” will suffice?
We must not lose all societal norms and inhibitions under the guise of carnival. If we do not stop and check ourselves now, in years to come, we will reap many unsavoury rewards.
It is no longer possible to turn a blind eye to the fact that hospitals have no medication and equipment whilst hundreds of millions is being spent on “feteing.”
Thousands of public servants are still waiting for monies due to them.
Contractors have outstanding monies to collect and free textbooks, school meals and transport for our school children have virtually disappeared, but “we jamming still.”
The present crime wave is the worst we have had averaging at least two murders a day for 2018 thus far, and our Minister of National Security and the defence services seem quite incapable of stopping the slaughter.
I can go on and on about bashing Carnival and no doubt it will still be in full swing this year.
However, the continuation of this state of affairs will inevitably tumble us down the perilous slope we are traversing as a country at this time.
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