KSAC councillors pay tribute to slain colleague

Claudienne Edwards

Wednesday, May 12, 2010    

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THE Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is to award a scholarship in memory of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor Robert Williams (Chi Chi), who was stabbed to death on the night May 3.

At yesterday's council meeting, several JLP and People's National Party councillors paid tribute to Williams and recalled how passionate he was about local government reform.

Deputy Mayor Lee Clarke proposed that the councillors contribute funds for a scholarship to be set up in his memory.

PNP Councillor Kevin Taylor (Duhaney Park division) said that the scholarship would affect generations to come and would perpetuate his memory in a positive way.

Mayor Desmond McKenzie also proposed that Charlton Crescent in his Norbrook division be renamed Robert Williams Crescent. He said that the keys to the city would be posthumously presented to the deceased councillor's family.

Vernon McLeod (JLP, Havendale division) said that the deceased loved his children and zealously worked on behalf of his party throughout the island.

His JLP colleague Audley Gordon (Hughenden division) said Williams was not a hyprocrite and was caring.

Meanwhile, PNP Councillor Gareth Walker (Brandon Hill division) recalled that he played scrabble with Chi Chi earlier on the same night of his death.

"We might not have liked his style or methods or approach, but I don't think anybody else took local government more seriously. I would like to extend to his division and family my deepest sympathies," Walker said.

PNP Councillor Andrew Swaby (Vineyard Town division) said that Councillor Williams was unconventional, but had the common touch.

"He was noncomformist but was a team player. He was also very protective of his family," Swaby said.





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