A twitter message yesterday sent by Dana Seetahal’s niece Danielle Francois, stated that her family were appreciative of the national award of the Chaconia Medal (Gold), which was to be bestowed on the deceased senior counsel.
However they were “simply unable” to attend yesterday’s ceremony.
Francois was careful to explain that the family was not boycotting the national awards.
She disclosed that statements to the contrary, was a distortion of facts and the truth was that they were simply unable to attend the event.
She also revealed that a call was made yesterday to Ms Susan Francois, who expressed appreciation on behalf of the family and apologized for the family’s inability to go and sign for the award due to the time constraints, but indicated that they would be available on a later date.
Francois said that the family was only informed that Seetahal would be honored with a National award, but they were not told what it would be.
Concurrently, they were aware that the nomination submitted by the powerful ladies of Trinidad and Tobago was for the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, (and) the assumption was that this nomination had been successful.
She stated that in that context, when members of the media called and revealed that Seetahal would not be receiving the highest award, Francois of course expressed her disappointment.
However she reiterated that the family remained appreciative of any award bestowed on theirbeloved aunt and sister.