Denham Town Primary to be renamed in honour of Edward Seaga

Edward Seaga.

The Denham Town Primary School in West Kingston is to be renamed in honour of its founder and later former Prime Minister Edward Seaga.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development and Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, made the announcement on Wednesday (Sept 25), at the launch of the Edward Seaga Scholarship Awards at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.

He said that the move is a part of initiatives being undertaken by residents of West Kingston to pay tribute to the man who served as their Member of Parliament for 43 years.

“We will also be erecting a monument in Mr. Seaga’s honour in front of the Tivoli High School… We are going to be erecting that monument as a lasting memory to Edward Seaga,” he said.

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie (left) looks on as Christopher Seaga, son of late former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, presents a scholarship award to Wolmer’s Girls’ student Lutonya Shelton. 

The St. Aloysius Primary will be assisted in erecting two classrooms to be used for Spanish and music classes in Seaga’s honour.

The launch of the scholarship awards saw the presentation of seven scholarships to four university students and three high-school students. A number of grants were also awarded to other students.

Mr. Seaga, who was the country’s fifth Prime Minister, serving from November 1980 to February 1989, passed away on May 28 on his 89th birthday. He represented the constituency of West Kingston from 1962 until his retirement from active politics in 2005.