Praise and admiration poured in for the late Kamaluddin Mohammed, one of the founding members of the People’s National Movement (PNM).
Mohammed died at home on Tuesday night following a long battle with diabetes. He was 88. Government Ministers, past and present, cleared their schedules to attend Mohammed’s funeral service at the Nur E Islam Mosque in El Socorro on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, who is still abroad following the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, issued a statement thanking Mohammed for his countribution to the development of the country and offered his condolences to his family.
Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert, in attending the service, described Mohammed as a great man and as one who probably spent more time in public service compared to others in the field. Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday told the media he thought that Mohammed was so competent, that as Prime Minister he, Panday, felt Mohammed was the only choice to be appointed CARICOM ambassador inspite of his political affiliation. The former Prime Minister said his biggest test- and probably biggest disappointment, came with the death of Dr Eric Williams.
Then-President, Sir Ellis Clarke chose to appoint George Chambers as Prime Minister and not Mohammed whom Panday felt was the next best choice.
Mohammed was awarded the Order of Trinidad and Tobago in 2010; an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of the West Indies in 2011; and the Order of CARICOM in 2012.