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UWI inducts T&T PM Rowley into honour park, Holness later this year

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 11:44 AM
Dr Keith Rowley (left) Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago walks past the UWI honour roll monument with guide Caroll Edwards, director of marketing and communications at the UWI.

 Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Reporter

The Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has indicated that it will induct Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness into its honour park by the end of this year.

The development follows The Gleaner's disclosure yesterday that Holness, a past student, was not inducted despite being prime minister on two occasions.

The university uses the honour park to celebrate past students who were or are heads of government.

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, who is on a visit to Jamaica on Holness' invitation, was inducted this morning.

UWI Mona principal Professor Archibald McDonald told the ceremony that he was looking forward to another ceremony by the end of this calendar year.

READ: UWI blunder - University honours Rowley, slights Holness

He also hailed Holness a "most distinguished UWI graduate".

IN PHOTO: Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) and Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at a media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister recently.

Rowley's induction has been marred by the disclosure that Holness, who first served as head of government from October 2011 to January 2012, was not inducted.

The university has not explained why it has taken so long and with no guarantee Holness would have returned as prime minister almost five years later.

Meanwhile, UWI Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said he did not comment on the issue when he saw Holness at an event last night except in giving him a "big hug".

Rowley and Holness have two degrees each from the UWI, Mona.

Holness was not present at the ceremony.

Seventeen heads of government now have their names on a monument in the park.