Acting PM: Daaga's 1970 leadership brought about far-reaching changes

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 19:30

Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert says Makandal Daaga's leadership during the 1970 Black Power Movement, brought about far-reaching changes in this country.

The acting prime minister has paid tribute to Daaga who passed away earlier today.

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The following is the acting prime minister's statement.

"On behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, I join with the national community in extending heartfelt condolences to the Daaga family in this time of grief.

Whether adopting the role of revolutionary, rebel, leader, visionary or Chief Servant,

Makandal Daaga always had at the heart of his beliefs the empowerment of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, particularly those he felt to be unjustly denied avenues to prosperity and opportunity.

His leadership of the Black Power Movement in the 1970s brought about far-reaching changes which have helped to shape the social and political reality of Trinidad and Tobago.

May he be granted eternal peace."

Minister of Public Administration and Communications Maxie Cuffie also offer a tribute.

"The story of Makandal Daaga will be one of a man that had a passion for national development. His early involvement in the establishment of organisations such as PEGASUS in 1962, founded to recognise the contribution of our national heroes; and his involvement in the unprecedented raise of student activism at the University of the West Indies during the early 1970’s will always be remembered as well as his leadership of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC).

His legacy will always be appreciated as it provides an inspiration that speaks to the dedication and discipline needed in the pursuit of one’s passion.

On behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, I extend my sincerest sympathies to Mrs. Liseli Daaga and the entire family. Our country is poorer for his passing but still enriched by his story and legacy."