Trinidad and Tobago has lost a national treasure with the death of Makandal Daaga.
This from former Prime Minister and Political Leader of the UNC and People’s Partnership Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in a media release sent a short while ago.
According to Persad-Bissessar: “ Mr Daaga’s long contribution dates back to the pre-Independence era, and in 1962 when he formed the Pegasus party, before later forming the NJAC.
Mr Daaga who formed the National Joint Action Committee in response to discrimination against Caribbean students at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) in Montreal Canada, was appointed Ambassador Extraordinaire by the Kamla Persad-Bissessar Administration after over four decades in active politics and activism.
He was one of five party leaders who signed the Fyzabad Accord leading up to the 2010 General Election, which cemented the birth of the People’s Partnership political alliance.
Mrs Persad-Bissessar added that Mr Daaga: “as a pioneering politician, a social activist, a political elder and a Statesman, his forthright wisdom and boundless energy will be missed, and will never be forgotten.
She said his journey stands as a monument to service, determination and fortitude.”