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JAMAICA | PM Holness, Former PM Patterson pay tribute to DK Duncan

KINGSTON, Jamaica, September 17, 2020 -  Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson says he is saddened by the death of  PNP stalwart Dr DK Duncan noting that his contribution to the People's National Party and Jamaica has been “substantial and legendary.”

Dr DK Duncan, who was 80 years old, died on Thursday morning at the University of the West Indies, from COVID-19 related complications.

In a statement today, Patterson said, “I am deeply saddened by learning of the passing of Dr DK Duncan, my colleague and friend for more than 60 years.  In his roles as National Organiser and General Secretary of the People's National Party, as a Member of Parliament for East Central St Andrew and Hanover Eastern, and as Minister of Mobilization, DK's commitment, passion and energy were in service to creating a more equitable Jamaica.”

Patterson said Dr Duncan's commitment to political and social change through service is the hallmark of his “long and impactful political career”.

“His unyielding commitment was to the upliftment of the masses, to elevate and inspire Jamaica's underprivileged and marginalized people with whom he had an abiding affinity.

“DK was a man of strong and passionate convictions on what Jamaica can be and become and what the Jamaican people can achieve. His devotion to activism was to these ends. Resourceful and results-oriented, DK, alongside others, worked with passion and dedication to passing various social justice legislation,” the former prime minister said.

The former Prime Minister noted that Dr Duncan's outstanding contributions on reforming the electoral system earned him a national honour, The Commander of the Order of Distinction, and the “admiration and respect of members of his party, the Jamaica Labour Party, and ordinary Jamaicans everywhere.”

In his tribute, Prime Minister Andrew Holness noted that Dr. Duncan was a political force to be reckoned with. He says Duncan was a very passionate man who played a key role in shaping the politics of Jamaica during his time. “He served his beloved country and though we were on different sides of the political aisle, I respected his commitment to Jamaica,” the Prime Minister said. 

Dr. Duncan served as Member of Parliament for East Central St. Andrew in the 1970s and later as MP for Hanover Eastern in 2007. 

"DK was one of the central figures in the politics His passing marks the end of a long political career, and contribution to the Jamaican society. We were both agreed on a fundamental matter, Jamaica first."

The Prime Minister continued: "I offer my sincere condolences to the entire Duncan family, including Dr. Duncan's wife Beverley and his children who loved him dearly.”

I pray God grants them peace and comfort during this most challenging time.


  • Countries: Jamaica