Terrance Sandiford, Chairman of the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) Tobago, is accusing Tobago Festival Commission Chairman George Leacock of running the Commission in a “tyrannical” manner and undermining NCBA Tobago.
Tobago Carnival 2019, with a budget of $7 million, was launched on January 21 with a street parade of masqueraders through the streets of Scarborough.
Sandiford, in an interview with Newsday Tobago last Thursday, said however that the NCBA had no significant role in this year’s Carnival celebrations.
“The role that is being played is by the Tobago Festival Commission that is headed by George Leacock.
“Mr Leacock called the bandleaders independently and made all the arrangements with them, he don’t deal with the Association. He deals with the bandleaders directly, so we are miniscule, we don’t have anything to do,” he said.
Sandiford said bandleaders would be the one to suffer in the end.
“Tobago is a very deceitful society…they talk one thing here and then run behind backs and say something else down the road. It doesn’t matter to me, to be brutally honest… bandleaders continue to run at the beck and call of Mr Leacock.
“When he treats them with scant courtesy, that is how it is. There is a price to pay for everything and if bandleaders don’t have the dignity to stand up and say they are represented by an Association, and direct Mr Leacock to talk to the Association, they just go and hear what he has to go and then make noise behind his back, then they would suffer the consequences,” he said.
Attempts to contact Leacock for comment proved futile as all calls to his mobile went unanswered.