Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced an official period of mourning ahead of the official funeral for the late Shahine Robinson, the Minister of Labour and Social Security.
The 66-year-old government minister died on Friday, May 29 after her illness. The PM revealed that the Cabinet approved the period of mourning from Wednesday, June 10 to Tuesday, June 16, before the official funeral that is not yet scheduled.
There will be three days of public viewing as follows, the casket will be closed, as this was requested by the family. On Thursday, June 11, 10am to 2pm, mourners can go to the St Ann Parish Church, St Ann’s Bay. On June 12th it will be in Ocho Rios and Final viewing on June 16th in Kingston between 10am and 3pm.
Many tribute activities are planned, they will go on during the official period for mourning. The opening of condolence books will be at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for ministry staff and the general public.
On Wednesday, June 10, the Members of Parliament were scheduled to attend a special sitting of the House of Representatives where they paid tribute to their colleague.
Minister Robinson represented the constituency of North East St Ann for 19 years until she passed.
She was hardworking and held several positions in Government, including Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government in 2007, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport and Works in 2011.
In 2016 she became the Minister of Labour and Social Security and this didn’t change before the time of her death. There will be information on the funeral arrangements to be released soon.