October 1, 2016

“She was a mother, my confidante and my friend” – Opposition Leader mourns passing of his sister

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s sister died on Sunday at their Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara home.
Fifty-seven-year-old Oma Jagdeo, also known as “Shanta”, was discovered dead by her niece and nephew who went to visit her at the home.

An old family photo of Bharrat Jagdeo and his sister Oma

An old family photo of Bharrat Jagdeo and his sister Oma

The youngest of Jagdeo’s sisters, Oma was very close to her little brother.
In fact, Jagdeo has described her as the epitome of a sister – a mother, his confidante and his friend.
“It’s with deep sadness, I announce the death of my sister Shanta. She was the epitome of a sister; she was a mother, my confidante and friend. She took care of me all my life and I will miss her dearly,” Jagdeo expressed in a Facebook post.
Oma had lived with him at State House while he was President of Guyana; and when he moved to his Goedverwagting home, she also moved there with him.
His sister’s demise caused the former President to cut short his Local Government Elections (LGE) campaigning outreaches in Essequibo.

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