Jowelle De Souza

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As she did in 2015, animal rights activist Jowelle De Souza will contest the San Fernando West constituency in the upcoming general elections.De Souza, 45, a Hummingbird Medal recipient, will have to beat the odds by defeating the United National Congress’ Sean Sobers and possibly, incumbent MP, Faris Al-Rawi. Speaking to the media following Naparima College’s Founder’s Day celebrations yesterday, De Souza said she will be contesting as an independent candidate.“I am hoping that we all work together because San Fernando is in real need of help,” De Souza said. Although she was rejected in 2015, De Souza said there is a group of politicians, including former prime minister Basdeo Panday and former justice minister Herbert Volney, who will be coming together as independent candidates to form a “third force”. She said discussions are being held with other parties, all to create a better country.“I think the country is absolutely disenchanted with both political parties. San Fernando, a second city, has died. The country is crying out for help and we have been sorted out and working with men like Mr Panday and several past people who have governed Trinidad & Tobago. They are the driving force behind independents because we must have change.”De Souza is also a hairdresser who operates the popular Hair by Jowelle studio in San Fernando.