Aja made the call, says AG
Government’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM) could not, and did not, cancel last Sunday’s Reggae On The Hill event; rather it was conveying a message from the organizers, says Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite.
The Attorney General, who has responsibility for the DEM, was commenting on complaints from organizers of the Reggae On The Hill concert that the DEM had cancelled their Sunday show because of inclement weather.
Brathwaite said he had sought to get to the bottom of the matter, and after listening to a recording of the comments made on radio, and speaking to the DEM official, who is alleged to have cancelled the event, he was clear in his mind that “the allegations are baseless”.
He said the DEM official explained that one of the event organizers, Adisa Andwele, also known as Aja, called the DEM office on two occasions early last Sunday.
The minister said he was told that during the first call, Aja expressed uncertainty about the event being held that day because of the persistent heavy rains, and he (Aja) indicated at that time that he wanted to do a site visit at Farley Hill to get a first-hand look at conditions to determine if the show would go on.
According to the DEM, Aja told the office in his second call that, after he and the other organizers had visited Farley Hill, it was decided to postpone the event, due to the drenched grounds.
“Aja had also conveyed this information to the police that same morning,” said a statement sent to the WEEKEND NATION.
When reached last night, Aja, the technical coordinator for the event, however said he had not told the DEM official that the event was off.
“I was actually at the site waiting on other officials, including from the NCC, to arrive before any definitive decision could have been taken.”
But according to the statement issued by Government last night, the DEM official said he only offered advice, solicited by Aja, because the country was under a flood watch.