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It happened this week in 1992

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 3:06 PM
Ninja Man (right) stalks Super Cat just before moving in for the 'Kill' at Sting 91, Thursday night, December 26, 1991.
Malcolm Marshall
Bruce Golding
Portia Simpson
Michael Manley
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Sunday, March 15

A chapter closed, an era ended, as the last of the two politically powerful Manleys makes a graceful demition from public life. Michael Norman Manley, the only politician to have served Jamaica as prime minister for three terms in separate regimes, created yet another first when he announced his intention to resign from office. No other prime minister in the history of independent Jamaica left that office through resignation. Ill-health, which has left Manley without a third of his lung capacity, was one of the decisive factors that led to his resignation, which had been a source of widespread speculation. Manley's resignation will become effective soon after the results of the election of a new leader for the 54-year-old People's National Party on March 28 is made known. "I will personally convey these to His Excellency the Governor General, along with my formal resignation as prime minister," Manley told Journalists at a press conference.

The turbulent parliamentary career of Margaret Thatcher ended with the 'Iron Lady' saying it would feel strange not to be at the centre of power after three decades. Margaret Thatcher, who won three terms as prime minister, but was overthrown by her Conservative Party, took her seat for the last time as Parliament was dissolved for Britain's election campaign. "It will be strange after 32 years not to be able to walk on to the floor of the House of Commons," the former prime minister said.

Monday, March 16

Portia Simpson and P.J. Patterson met with Prime Minister Michael Manley at Jamaica House to declare their intention to contest the top post in the People's National Party (PNP) and the leadership of the country, which becomes vacant when Manley's resignation takes effect. Following the meeting with Manley, Patterson said one of his drives would be to maintain unity in the party, should he win the election. "Both of us are very loyal to our party, we believe in the unity of our party and will work towards the unity of the PNP. What you are seeing now is democracy at work," Simpson said.

The People's National Party Executive formally welcomed and unanimously accepted former JLP and 'Gang of Five' member Karl Samuda's application for membership in the party. The PNP, in turn, noted Samuda's "declared acceptance of the principles and objectives of the PNP, his adherence to the precepts of democracy and participation enshrined in the constitution of the PNP". Samuda, member of parliament for North Central St Andrew, said he was particularly pleased to have been accepted at this time while Michael Manley was still party president and prime minister.

Tuesday, March 17

Jamaica came out in support of the stand taken by Barbadian Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford, regarding the upcoming South African cricket tour of the West Indies. Prime Minister Michael Manley said no South African team will be allowed to enter Jamaica if those supporting a 'No' vote, in that country's whites-only referendum, emerged victorious. Manley said, "We in Jamaica fully supported the stand taken by the Barbadian prime minister and express the hope that the vote will be 'Yes'.

The campaign fever burnt its way into the House of Representatives, setting a "restive mood". The atmosphere changed when Portia Simpson and P.J. Patterson, the two candidates vying for the top position in the PNP, made their entry. They entered the House smiling broadly, arms entwined. They bowed to Speaker of the House Headley Cunningham, kissed, then proceeded to their seats, leaving Minister of Agriculture Seymour Mullings, who was making his contribution to a debate, speechless. Cunningham, in much amusement, asked, "Mr Mullings, what is going on inside the House?" Before Mullings could reply, Opposition Spokesman on Finance Bruce Golding quipped, "It is the season of romance, Mr Speaker." The Speaker: "I hope it will continue." The House erupted into laughter at the comment.

Two men were sentenced to hang for the murder of 94-year-old Evelyn Ramtallie and her 59-year-old son, Keith Ramtallie. Sentenced to hang are Melbourne 'Bones' Banks, 22, gardener of Fern Hill, St Andrew, and Kervin 'Omar' Williams, 19, of Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew. Justice Panton passed the death sentence after a Home Circuit Court jury retired for one hour and returned a guilty verdict. The Ramtallies were found with their throats cut at their Norbrook residence.

Wednesday, March 18

Jamaica hails the 'yes' vote in South Africa's referendum. "Today, we have closed the book on apartheid and that chapter will remain closed," declared South Africa's President F.W. de Klerk, following his resounding victory in the whites-only referendum. Jamaica joined the world in welcoming the 'Yes' vote given to de Klerk's reform programme, following a referendum in which a majority of South Africa's whites gave de Klerk the right to proceed with reforms giving blacks a role in government. Both the Government of Jamaica and the Opposition hailed the outcome. Prime Minister Michael Manley said, "The Government of Jamaica is delighted at the report of the positive vote in South Africa's referendum."

Thursday, March 19

International cricket lost one of the fastest and most feared bowlers in the modern game as West Indies pacer Malcolm Denzil Marshall officially announced his retirement. The Barbados-born Marshall announced his decision to leave the international game soon after West Indies failed to reach the semi-finals of the 1992 World Cup in Australia. "I gave it a lot of thought and I think the time is right," Marshall said.

Friday, March 20

DJ Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, was found guilty of a gun-related charge and fined US$5,000 (J$125,000) in New York, United States, ending months of speculation about the controversial DJ's career.