Must do better when choosing national awards
IT IS THE NORM that at Independence every year national awards at different levels are given to those who are deemed to have qualified for such. This year we have had two such events, one not long before the election and one at the usual time. On what basis and by whom are these awards decided? Many people feel that these awards are solely to give recognition to the party faithful of whichever party is in office at the time.
Perhaps, a better way of dealing with this exercise would be to have a committee comprising independent people of integrity with no known party affiliation along with one member representing the party in office.
It is a downright shame that Emile Straker has never been elevated to this country’s highest honour. How much more does he have to do in the field of music and tourism promotion to get his due?
Since he is at an advanced age this situation needs to be rectified as soon as possible. It is very likely that many others who are also deserving of awards at different levels are omitted due to the present system.
– MICHAEL BIRKETT