Revamp of sports and arts in Grand Bay among plans of by-election candidate Clarington Andrew


A revamp in sports and arts is among the development plans to be pursued by the second independent candidate in the Grand Bay by-election if he is elected on November 25, 2021.

Clarington Bacchus Andrew popularly known as “Twa Woche” spoke to Dominica News Online (DNO) about his ideas which he says will make for a better Grand Bay.

The roof specialist and artist who hails from the community of Eggleston but now resides in Trafalgar, says, like his symbol, the tree, his major objective is to take the Grand Bay constituency from “roots to flowers.”

Andrew says he views Grand Bay as the cultural city of Dominica with many talented youth, but claims that little to no investment is made to benefit them.

In announcing two of his major plans – the others he was tightlipped about – Andrew says, “my development plan is to get Dominica a  professional league for football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, rounders and athletics and all other sports.”

The artist-turned- election-candidate continued, “for me it is embarrassing to send an amateur team to play against professionals and for as long as I know that is what we have been doing. So I want to change that completely and I believe Grand Bay is the best place to start.”

He said if he is elected, a sports club will be created in every community within the constituency as well as a professional league for the constituency.

“We will have championships and  the clubs that win will get at least $75,000.00. When it comes to sports, I will 100% do my best to put money into the area,” Andrew asserted.

With reference to music and arts, he said with the revival of sports in Grand Bay, artists will get the opportunity to showcase their talent at the various games thereby leading to their exposure.

When questioned about his reason for not pursuing his plans and ideas in his own constituency, Andrew revealed that he is in the process of forming his own political party, People Unity Party (PUP), and insists that the Grand Bay by-election is the perfect place to launch his political career.

Though he says he has little ties in the constituency and few family members, he is confident that he will gain the trust of voters in Grand Bay.

“It is about building confidence in people and making people know that you are true. You see me, I have confidence and I’m going to bring that to the Grand Bay people and they will know that I am an honest man, I don’t lie and I’m coming with truth,” the Egleston-born Trafalgar resident declared.

To emphasize his point, Andrew recounted that on nomination day, after unveiling his plans to a complete stranger in Grand Bay, the Grandbarian agreed to serve as one of the electors on his nomination team as he was short one nominee.

He also revealed to DNO that he was a supporter of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for the past 20 years and claims to have provided solid advice to the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) which led to their victory at the polls.

Andrew further claims that his plan to contest the last general election as an independent candidate was halted by members within the DLP who saw him as a threat to their success.

“Me and the Prime Minister are very, very, very close and I want to tell Mr. Skerrit that I am not here to compete with him but I am just here to build Grand Bay people and do the work,” he stated.

“So I contribute a lot to the DLP government; already and they took my suggestion, but 20 years later it’s time I present my own plans on my own behalf,” he maintains.

Andrew says that while his party is building in membership, he is confident that come the next general election, PUP will have a full slate of well-rounded men and women to contest and emerge victorious.

“With my party, we plan on creating a better economy. The government has done a lot and very good things but too much money is in the government’s hand and the people are suffering,” he argued.

The first-time candidate appealed to Grandbarians, especially the youth and the elderly, to trust his vision.

“Give me the opportunity that I am looking for to represent them and I promise that after five years every Grandbarian will grow by 300%,” Andrew vowed.

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  1. Annon
    November 18, 2021

    My boy cut thru the chase. Jjust work towards convincing them of legalizing cannabis which has potential to boost this economy big time, by 20% in the first instance. It’s fine to get out of the – I will build this, will do that – they may not even give you the funds for those things. Considering the majority of people do not want to be displaced from the countryside to work in Roseau in stores, making beds in hotels, who prefer staying at their homes, in the villages where they grew up, and growing cannabis crops to earn a decent living. That’s how you pull votes from them – line item issues can make you win. You can’t compete with the politicians on promises, that’s what they do best. 8-O

  2. Toto
    November 15, 2021

    We don’t need a fake African we have enough charlatans close to the PM already.

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    • Positive Energy
      November 16, 2021

      Twawoche is one of the realest and truest Rastas I know. He gives his all in whatever he does…construction, music and more. I am positive he will give his all to the people of Grandbay!!!. Raspect!!!

  3. Lin clown
    November 15, 2021

    Hide & seek,when GOD said he repented he made man,he was referring to people like you,%,IBO,Views and Bwa Banday.

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  4. Lin clown
    November 15, 2021

    Roosevelt Skerrit does not need the support of Mr.Andrew to win the Grandbay seat.Granbarians are too smart to vote an uneducated JACKA.Imagine sending HANGBAG go give a speech at the UN.When UWP won the 1995 general election,there was an article in a British newspaper,Dominicans are LIONS ruled by a DON KEY The people of Grandbay will NEVER be represented by a DON KEY.

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    • Viewsexpressed
      November 16, 2021

      This Despicable thoughts and ignoramous Stupidity BLIND Incompetent, Devious Fake PM.
      Sad Affairs indeed. This man, person has absolutely no updated information about how our (FAILED) Government and Immature Visionless Failed PRIME MINISTER. This is a Dad State of affairs.
      It’s about time, with urgency that we get rid of this Failed Incompetent Irrelevant Visionless Labour Government led by this Failed Incompetent so called LABOUR PRIME (ODD) MINISTER, that we all “Scare-it” and we need this Fake Failed incompetent Questionable Inmature Skerrit as this FAILED Blind Incompetent Irrelevant Visionless Prime (RS) Minister. It’s time now for this comical Ridiculous RED CLINIC Labour Party Government and its Incompetent Prime Odd MINISTER to “Go to Hell, Go to Hell..” It’s none of our DAMN BUSINESS, Not under this Failed, Childish politically Immature Labour Failed PRIME MINISTER and his Failed Incompetent Irrelevant Visionless LABOUR GOVERNMENT under this Failed Immature SKERRITT…

  5. November 15, 2021

    Satan sent this a spoiler..

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  6. Bwa-Banday
    November 14, 2021

    What a fake Rasta! Partner go back in hole you come out eh. Leave Grand Bay affairs to Grand Bay people. Ask of a sudden you just like Vince and want to come Gwanbay and pretend you love the people so much? Why don’t you tell the person that send you that the liberation movement just started and is alive and well in Gwanbay? If they try any coco-makark this election Gwanbay will have no choice but to live up to its name. Aint no way Vince the “cunning political prince” can win handbag.

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    • Ibo France
      November 16, 2021


      I’m not a Rastafarian, but, your words show a depraved disrespect for people who practise this ‘religion’.

      Rastafarians are a minority among us. The way a country treats its minority population(s) says a lot about the inhabitants. Rastas are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers , they are our family. They have suffered more than any other minority group. If you are not inclined to help them, at least, don’t hurt them. Let your words heal not wound them.

  7. Hide & Seek
    November 14, 2021

    No doubt Skerrit will win and Vince will become PM. But like Samson in Judges 16:1 -21, he is planning his downfall and he doesn’t even know it.
    “When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. 19 After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.
    20 Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”
    He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.
    21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison
    When it’s over I hear what Elizabeth, Lin clown, dog bit, Tony and others will say when that day cones on him

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  8. Hide & Seek
    November 14, 2021

    Skerrit can do what he wants to try to hide but what he doesn’t know is, his time is rapidly coming to an end. He calls it bi-election so Vince Henderson could come help him hide better but something is telling me that his time is fast approaching and he doesn’t know it. You see Samson of old was very powerful and was able to escape from trap set for him. He told lies upon lies of the secret of his strength. I bet he felt invincible! But one day he set himself up without knowing as he fell asleep as usual. But here’s how simple it ended ; and then He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Judges 1-7. And the mighty Samson was blinded, taken to Gaza where he was imprisoned until his death. Mark my words people Skerrit is setting himself up and he doesn’t even know that. Let him think is hide he going to hide behind the presidency

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    • Mr NEALS
      November 14, 2021

      Fully agree. That’s one move Skerrit made and though for the sake of our democracy I am upset but at the same time I like that move because I see it going to bring him down. In fact It reminds me of a friend of mine that built his coffin just for fun, not knowing he would get covid and die a few months after he built it. So I welcome the move to bring in Vince so he can become PM by that’s what is going to bring his downfall. In fact I thighs he would make Melissa PM so she could be the Delilah to him but somehow he changed his mind. But he won’t be able to change his mind with Vince.

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    • November 15, 2021

      @Hide & Seek, you misinterpreted the end of Sampson quite a bit, or you chose to tell people when you wanted them to hear, but you are not the only one who knows the story of Sampson. I still don’t see his comparison with PM Skerrit though.

      Yes, it was part of God’s plan for Delilah to betray Samson because he knew that her people were not God’s people, in that they chose to worship a false god. But no one can have victory over the God Most High. He allowed Sampson to gain back his strength, so to do His Will through him.

      Delilah betrayed Samson for the sake of her people, the Philistines, but God had no intentions of allowing her and her people to have victory over Him. Sampson remained in prison until he died you say?

      Well here is the juicy part that you left out, it is Judges 16: 27-30. Read it below

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      • November 15, 2021

        26 Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars which support the temple so that I can lean on them. (They blinded him before they threw him in prison)

        27 The temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there—about three of them–on the roof watching while Samson performed.

        28 Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”

        29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.

        30 Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.

        God’s victory once more!

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  9. dissident
    November 14, 2021

    You and Skerrit close close but de dlp see you as a threat eh? Huh!
    So Skerrit send you to upset handbag chances of getting support from his own people?
    You not competing against dlp? Well why not run with dem? Since you don’t have an issue with dlp!

    You only came in de race a couple days before nomination day like you had just figured that Grand Bay have a by-election!!!!
    You love de community so much where were you….handbag has always been speaking up…….I smell a rat…..a spoiler!

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    • iprotest
      November 16, 2021

      Is not today Roosevelt Skerrit taking Rasta for fool

  10. My Little take
    November 13, 2021

    I don’t believe this guy is real. I just feel he was sent by Roosevelt Skerrit for two reasons
    A. To take the votes of the Rastas from Handbag.
    B. So people could say Vince Henderson is not the only stranger in the race since like Vince he too is not from Grand Bay

    I felt so the very same day he just appeared on Talk on Block to announce his candidacy. He should go on Kari to promote his plan

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    • our Sisserou laying Eggs
      November 14, 2021

      let me shake your big toe. yes sir. that’s exactly what i think. He’s a pawn in the game. just to take away a few votes from Handbag. i hope the grand bay people are seeing that.

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      • Frank N Stein
        November 17, 2021

        You are so correct! He is there to give the impression that Vince is not the only stranger. He made sure we know he is from Eggleston. Skerrit sees Grandbay people as fools just because they speak a lot of creole. Thanks to Grandbay our language is saved, all the creole BOSSES in DA came from Grandbay, even the kids are fluent and that is a plus. But those makak want to diss people for creole. I await the results with baited breath to see if Grandbay going to put Skerrit in his place.

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