Last Monday’s shooting incident that left one man dead and nearly two dozen others injured during Grand Kadooment on Spring Garden, has the title sponsor worried about the future of this major Crop Over event.
“Apart from the suffering inflicted, I am worried about the knock-on effect that this may have on the popularity of Republic Bank Grand Kadooment – among both locals and foreign visitors – and the potential for a negative economic impact on our tourism-based economy,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Bank Ian De Souza said in a statement issued today.
De Souza is therefore calling on the authorities to deploy the necessary resources, and every civic minded citizen to assist where possible to stem the wave of gun violence gripping the country.
“Republic Bank supports any national effort to prevent this type of violence from becoming the norm,” he assured.
The bank boss also expressed regret over the “senseless” acts of violence which marred the culmination of an otherwise “extremely” successful Crop Over season.
“We at Republic Bank, like all right-minded citizens of Barbados, strongly condemn the violent and lawless actions of a small criminal element which have caused death and injury during what is meant to be our most important national festival,” De Souza said.
“The thoughts and prayers of Republic Bank’s management and staff are with the victims, their families and the wider community at this time, as we are all affected by these unjust acts,” he said.