Opposition leader pays tribute to former politician Dr Brinsley Samaroo

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Opposition leader pays tribute to former politician Dr Brinsley Samaroo

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has paid tribute to Dr Brinsley Samaroo, following news of his passing.

Samaroo died on Sunday, at the age of 84.
His family said he died peacefully following a brief illness.

In a social media post, she said it is with profound sadness that she received the news of the passing of Dr Samaroo, a distinguished son of the soil and Professor Emeritus at the University of the West Indies.

She said, Dr Samaroo’s legacy encompasses far more than his political career, which saw him serve as a Member of Parliament under the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR), an Opposition Senator, and Minister of Food Production and Decentralisation. However, it is his contributions as a historian that truly define his remarkable life.

Persad-Bissessar added: “Throughout his extensive research, Dr Samaroo delved into the rich and complex history of Trinidad and Tobago, documenting the atrocities endured by enslaved Africans and indentured East Indian migrants, and the impact this had on the development of our nation.

“Dr Samaroo was a tireless advocate for the preservation and recognition of historical sites, understanding their significance for future generations. During my term as Prime Minister, he played a crucial role in the establishment of a Sugar Heritage Village. Serving as the chair of the Sugar Village Project Steering Committee, Dr Samaroo dedicated his expertise to preserving the invaluable heritage of Trinidad and Tobago’s sugar industry, one of our nation’s most vital sectors.”

She said that through decades of unwavering commitment and dedication, Dr Brinsley Samaroo made an indelible mark on our nation’s history, deserving the highest acclaim.

“I call on the government to honour his immense contributions and acknowledge the pivotal role he played in documenting our nation’s past.
On behalf of the United National Congress and myself, I extend heartfelt condolences to Dr Samaroo’s family. May God provide you with the strength and courage to navigate through this difficult time.: