What it seems was a deliberate snubbing demonstrated by the Member of Parliament for Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Elvin Nimrod to the current National Democratic Congress caretaker, Tevin Andrews, did not go down well with those present at Sunday’s official opening of the Regatta festival.
At a time for peace through the shaking of hands and embracing of each other, the current Member of Parliament, Hon Elvin Nimrod refused to accept the out-stretched hand of the NDC Caretaker Tevin Andrews. This immediately raised the eyebrows of many who felt that the occasion was fitting for the Parliamentary Representative to extend to and accept friendship from everyone present.
“This man is crazy. During the service of God’s word the Minister and Deputy Prime Minister behaving like that” said a woman who was sitting close to the unfortunate occurrence.
She said that as deputy Prime Minister, Nimrod needs to act in a more civilized and mature manner.
“This is shameful but I was pleased to see how the young fella (Andrews) handled it very mature” she added while demanding that behaviours of this nature by our public officers especially at the level of Deputy Prime Minister must not go unnoticed.
Following the ecumenical service, there was the official ceremony where the minister declared the festival officially opened. During his speech he called on the residents to unite and come together for the betterment of the sister isles and country in general.
“Hey Rawle, you heard this man after blatantly refusing to shake the NDC, Andrews hand” said a gentlemen who recently returned home for the festival.
He said that he was alerted to the incident by his cousin as they were in clear view of where the minister was sitting inthe dignitaries’ area in the audience.
“You mean this guy is already a threat to him” he said with a smile. “That’s a sign that the NDC guy (Andrews) has begun turning on some pressure on him.
Another young man coined it as “this man has no respect for people”
“A minister of religion called for peace and you as the Deputy Prime Minister refusing to shake the man hand because the man on the other side of the political fence. This is craziness” he said in a deep disturbed voice.
He strongly believes that the Hon. Elvin Nimrod is the only one in the government “with this badly swollen arrogance”.
“The Prime Minister who is head over heels over him will be very upset when he learns of this and he must be aware of how his cabinet colleagues are behaving in public, he suggested.
When contacted shortly after, Andrew confirmed that having extended a hand shake of peace during the service, the minister, Nimrod, refused to accept his offer. Andrews said that the minister seems to be one who believes that once you are not his supporter you should not even be in contact with him.
“Carriacou and Petite Martinique are yearning for far better” ended Andrews.