I've been trying to follow the controversies surrounding the current leadership of Pan Trinbago from afar and , though I have my personal thoughts , I do not have enough factual information on the issues affecting the steelband community , and so I have refrained from voicing strong opinions , particularly on issues pertaining to the integrity of the leadership of the organization.
I do recognize , however that among members of the steelband community there appears to be immense dissatisfaction and distrust of the current leadership ; a situation that can only be resolved by their removal.
And therein lies the rub.
It seems to me that little has been accomplished so far, except lots of drama ,noise and hot air.
In a way , there is a similarity to the situation in US politics , where there is also a lot of noise , drama and hot air , with little effect.
However , I believe that the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is quietly collection his facts , making sure all the "t"s are crossed and the "i"s are dotted , and that there are no errors , procedural or otherwise , when he finally drops the bomb on the President of the United States.
There can be no errors or oversights when going after someone of such power.
This also applies to Pan Trinbago.
Have you guys read their mandate ?
We have allowed a corporation to be created to manage the affairs and of steelbands in T&T , and given them enormous power.
Powers granted to the corporation and therefore to their executives include :
Powers given in the act include:
1. Acquire land or any estate or interest in land.
2. Accept subventions and donations and manage and invest all moneys belonging to Pan Trinbago.
3. Construct or acquire national headquarters and invest in the production of steelpan instruments.
4. Acquire any patents, copyrights, trademarks, licenses and the Explore which may directly or indirectly benefit Pan Trinbago.
5. To do anything deemed by its Convention that can be carried out in connection with or ancillary to any other power or objectives.
It would seem to me that the mandate is so broad that it gives the executive extreme power to act , and to use the funds allocated to PT as they see fit , and I assume that would include using funds to protect themselves ( the corporation ) from legal and other challenges.
Which is why it may be difficult to challenge them in a court of law , and shouting matches are obviously useless.
The most logical path to follow , I think , is the political one , which takes planning , patience and work , done in strict accordance to parliamentary laws , with strict adherence to the organization's by-laws and constitution.
The executive will have to be voted out, and a new executive installed.
And , BTW , it may also be a good idea to review and even modify that mandate.
A place to start would be to make sure that any pronouncements , meetings etc. be held in strict adherence to the rules of the organization , especially for example , insisting on a quorum in any meeting where important issues must be decided and voted on.
Prospective leaders should use old fashioned politics to promote themselves and their ideas to all steelbands , island wide.
Anyway , these are some of my thoughts on this matter ; I do not have an axe to grind , and am trying to be totally objective.
And unfortunately ,though the focus is on Pan Trinbago and the possible mismanagement and misuse of funds (and rightly so ),I happen to think that the major issue negatively affecting the art-form is the lack of a positive vision for the future of the steelband in the culture of T&T, especially in finding ways to generate income from sources such as the carnival , and tourism.
"The executive will have to be voted out, and a new executive installed."
That is not going to happen. There is a pool of current executives and ex-executives (regional and central) who are just going to be recycled in. The thought process and mentality will STAY THE SAME!!!
Pan Players and Steelbands that are members of Pantrinbago will have to be Naïve to vote out the current executives and replace them with people of the same KHAKI PANTS behavior.
Well, the more things change........
I agree e
I also agree.
Replacing the current executives with others who just want the power ,but have no vision or plan for the future is akin to re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
Very, very true Glenroy. This Pan Trinbago crisis is a snapshot of the greater Trinidad and Tobago society. Unless someone goes to jail nothing will change. The men at the helm are gangstas, despots and real bad guys.
Absolutely spot on Glenroy Joseph!!! You have encapsulated the situation totally and I desperately hope that logical, wise & intelligent pan men & women read what you've said and act accordingly. However in the climate that is in Trinidad & Tobago right now I somehow doubt that your wise words will be listened to ........smh sadly.
Well said Mr Joseph
"I happen to think that the major issue negatively affecting the art-form is the lack of a positive vision for the future of the steelband in the culture of T&T, especially in finding ways to generate income from sources such as the carnival , and tourism."
These OLD gangsters are NOT going to change. The indiscipline will continue. You can understand why the youths are unwilling to get involved in the management. My late Mother used to say "some people can only $ee up to the tip of their nose."
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