Jamaican citizens are upset after hearing that the late Minister, Edward Seaga’s casket will be closed when the body lies in State for them to pay their final respect in Montego Bay, St James, Ocho Rios, St Ann and Kingston.
Culture Minister, Olivia Grange said the decision is in accordance with the late minister’s family members.
But according to the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica labour Party officials are upset about the decision and said the Minister would not have been pleased if he was alive.
JLP supporters said they are disappointed and believe Minister Olivia Grange should have made more effort to change the family members’ mind. Some party supporters believe keeping the casket closed will cause people to stay away from the event.
Edward Seaga’s supporters compared the fifth Prime Minister’s death to those of sir Alexander Bustamante and Donald Sangster whose caskets were opened. They said of the three Prime Ministers, they were closest with Edward Seaga.
According to the Gleaner, several supporters also voiced their opinions on social media and police had to pacify residence in Matthews lane of West Kingston as they voiced their anger yesterday.
Concerns were also raised as it relates to whether or not the Holy Trinity Cathedral will accommodate the number of persons willing to attend the funeral on June 23 before his interment in the National Heroes Park.
But at a press conference Grange said, “It was a difficult decision to make, but the family wanted the service to be held in a church, and so we will just have to make appropriate arrangements to accommodate as many persons as we can inside the church and outside of the church.”