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‘Handing over of keys to the DFC is symbolic’ – Mayor of Roseau

first_img Sharing is caring! 17 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews ‘Handing over of keys to the DFC is symbolic’ – Mayor of Roseau by: – February 8, 2012 Share His Worship Cecil JosephThe Mayor of Roseau, His Worship Cecil Joseph has described the handing over of the keys of the City to the Dominica Festivals Committee as symbolic and not just ‘a mere presentation’.Mr. Joseph handed over the keys of the city to the Chairman of the Dominica Festivals Committee, Dr. Alwin Bully at the official launching ceremony of Dominica’s 2012 Carnival at Carnival City at Pottersville on January 28th, 2012.He said that he has been monitoring the level of participation in carnival and the level of violence during the season, to which he promised that he would present the keys as soon as there is a change in these two areas.“Since I became the Mayor of the City of Roseau I have been monitoring the violence level in the city and I have said that I would take the keys of the city away from the authorities and would not give it back until I see an increase in participation and less violence during carnival Monday and Tuesday activities. I must say that I have observed for the past two years if not three that we have had less violence, according to the police record issued to me. And so this handing over is not just a mere presentation, it is symbolic to positive change in our culture and attitude as a people”. Mr. Joseph said that Carnival gives us an opportunity to do some introspection and unite as a people to develop and appreciate our culture.“I am not doing this to say to people that I am giving the hearts of the city to people, what I am doing is really to let everyone know that carnival is part of our culture and it will remind those of us in authority that whatever we may have been doing in the past, is an opportunity for us to revisit it. Songs are written, calypsos are written on us and it gives us an opportunity to do some introspection. It’s a period for me, where I believe that we as individuals and a people must take the opportunity to come together and socialize; it’s what we call street jump up”.He called on citizens to enjoy the festivities in peace and unity. According to him the success of the carnival is measured by the way we control ourselves in making the festivities ‘incident-free’.“I want to request from the people who will be jumping up in the Carnival Monday and Tuesday parade; let us be each other’s bodyguard, let us be each other’s keeper and let us ensure that if we are drinking alcohol that we drink it in moderation and not drink too much to disrespect each other. Let us not use carnival as an opportunity to disrespect the integrity of others. If we are to enjoy carnival, let us do it in a clean way”.The keys to the city were last handed over in 2003.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more