Condolences continue to pour in from various political parties and citizens both at home and abroad, after news broke of the passing of Oma ‘Shanta’ Jagdeo, sister of former President and Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo on Sunday.
Jagdeo via his facebook page on Sunday afternoon announced the passing of Ms Jagdeo, whom is described as dearer than a sister.
“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 confidant and friend. She took care of me all my life and I will miss her dearly,” he posted.
President David Granger in a personal message expressed condolences to the Leader of the Opposition on the passing of his sister.
“The loss of a loved one, especially someone who has been devoted to your care and well-being for almost your entire life, is always a painful experience. I pray that God’s comforting Grace will be with you in this your moment of grief,” Granger wrote in his message to Jagdeo, his office said.
President Granger also extended condolences on behalf of the Government of Guyana to all family members during this time of bereavement.
Jagdeo’s, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in a statement expressed its “deepest condolences” to the Jagdeos.
“Specific condolences were conveyed to Dr Bharrat Jagdeo by the Party’s General Secretary on behalf of the Central Committee and the entire Membership of the PPP,” the party said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNNU/AFC) government in a statement expressed “deep condolences” to Jagdeo, his relatives and the PPP.
“The government salutes Ms. Jagdeo for her unflagging love for her brother to whom she was not only an older sibling but to whom she was also like a second mother,” the government’s statement said.
It added that the loss of a sibling, particularly a sibling to whom one is particularly close as Mr Jagdeo was to Ms Jagdeo, leaves a void which can hardly be filled.
“The nation stands in solidarity with and holds Mr. Jagdeo up in prayer, in this, his time of grief,” the statement concluded
Several colleagues of Jagdeo as well as his supporters expressed condolences to the former president.
Former Guyana Elections Commissioner and Attorney Jaya Manickchand wrote: “I am so shocked and saddened. My heart hurts. Our condolences to you, President Bharrat Jagdeo, Sheila, Chinee, Jean, Reema, her beloved nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Rest in peace dearest Shanta. Your love and wonderful personality will be missed.”
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in a post on his facebook page said it was with sadness that he leant of the Opposition Leader sister’s death.
“It is with sadness that I learned about the death of Ms Oma Jagdeo, late sister of Bharrat Jagdeo, former President and current Opposition Leader. I extend sincere sympathies to Bharrat and the entire Jagdeo family at this untimely loss,” Nagamootoo wrote.
Meanwhile, PPP/C Member of Parliament and Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall also sent condolences to the former president, “To Cde Bharat, I say that the entire PPP/C family and all of our supporters are with you at this difficult time and we shall ensure that you overcome this tragedy and become even stronger.”
Several Guyanese, both at home and abroad took to the opposition leader’s Facebook page to express condolences.
Abigale Rodriguez wrote: “My deepest condolences to you Cde. Bharat and your family. Stay strong and have faith. May your sister soul Rest in blessed peace.”
And, Tony Rahim said: “Condolences to you and your family Sir, in this a dark moment in a family’s life. We are only here on this Godly Earth which the Almighty had bestowed upon each of us, and he shall continue to shine his light for all of our journeys into the afterlife.”
Cause of Death
Meanwhile, a post mortem performed on Ms Jagdeo’s said the 57-year old woman died of natural causes.
Oma Jagdeo, also known as “Shanta”, was discovered dead by her niece and nephew who went to visit her at Jagdeo’s Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara, home where she was living with him.
On Sunday, Jagdeo was forced to cut short his ongoing Local Government Elections (LGEs) campaigning outreaches in Essequibo after receiving news of his confidant’s passing.
Oma Jagdeo had lived with him at State House while he was President and when he moved to his Sparendaam home, she also moved there with him.
She will be cremated on Wednesday at 13:00h at the Good Hope Crematorium. Wake is being held at her Sparendaam home.