KINGSTON – The Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has issued a formal apology to Prime Minister Andrew Holness over its blunder in not inducting him into its honour park, more than four years after he first became head of government.
The university uses the honour park to celebrate past students who were or are heads of government.
However, The Gleaner disclosed on Tuesday, ahead of the induction of Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, that Holness, now in his second stint as head of government, has not been honoured.
“The UWI, Mona Campus apologises to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, and to the people of Jamaica, for the delay in inducting him into The Park in honour of UWI graduates who are, or have been, Heads of Government,” read the statement issued this by Dr Carroll Edwards, director marketing, communications and recruitment at Mona.
Wednesday, during Rowley’s induction, Mona principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, indicated that Holness be will honoured by the end of this calendar year.
Holness first served as prime minister from October 2011 – January 2012.
The university has not explained why it has taken so long, especially since it did not know that Holness would have returned as prime minister almost five years later.
The university has faced strong public backlash over the blunder.
The Office of the Prime Minister has not commented on the matter.
Protocol consultant, Merrick Needham has said the university should have inducted Rowley and Holness at the same time to cure the blunder.
Rowley and Holness have two degrees each from the UWI, Mona.
Seventeen heads of government now have their names on a monument in the park.