Prime Minister Mia Mottley has paid tribute to former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga who died today on Tuesday, praising his contribution to the development of Jamaica and the region
In her tribute Mottley said “Jamaica and the Caribbean have lost a true son and statesman.”
Seaga died on his 89th birthday.
Mottley extended condolences to his family and all Jamaica.
She noted that Seaga had served his country in Parliament “with distinction for a record 43 years, dating back to 1962, including from 1980 to 1989 as its fifth prime minister. More importantly, he served through some of the country’s most turbulent economic and social times, but always remained true to his principles.”
PM Mottley said Seaga’s passing “ought to remind us of the duty we all have while we are yet alive to use every talent with which we are blessed to contribute to the betterment of those immediately around us, and the world generally.”
She said “Mr Seaga, through his love for, and devotion to, Jamaica and his commitment to regional integration has certainly left us all in the Caribbean a legacy of service that by far outweighed his almost nine decades on this earth.”
Seaga according to Mottley had given much, from Harvard University in the United States, where he was born into a Jamaican/Lebanese family, to successful record producer in Jamaica, then on to the Jamaica Senate at the tender age of 29 on the nomination of legendary trade unionist Sir Alexander Bustamante and later leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and Prime Minister.
Mottley said the region will miss his “always thoughtful and precise commentary on matters of importance to its people.”
To his wife and children, Mottley said “we in Barbados wish for you strength and comfort at this time of sadness.”