PM says Walcott’s death a great loss

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet,  today paid tribute to the late Honourable Sir Derek Alton Walcott, saying that his death was a great loss to Saint Lucia and the world.

He stated that the names Sir Derek Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis stand tall in Saint Lucia’s history.

Chastanet said the late Walcott’s name was a household one in this country.

“When everyone speaks about excellence in Saint Lucia and describe Saint Lucia with any kind of superlatives, clearly the two names that stand tall in Saint Lucia’s history are those of Sir Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott,” the Prime Minister stated.

He described Walcott of being there all the time, making himself available and participating in many national events.

“He continued to fly the flag real high,” Chastanet said.

Chastanet said he knows that this is a difficult time for Walcott’s family even though the death seemed inevitable.

He expressed his deepest sympathy to the family and all the people who have collaborated with the late Sir Derek Walcott over the years, especially in the Caribbean.

“While he and I may not have agreed on everything, he was always very consistent and very emotional about being Caribbean and being original,” Chastanet stated.

“We can now sit back and reflect on his achievements which are so incredible,” Chastanet told reporters today, adding that Walcott has made Saint Lucians and Caribbean people very proud.

He disclosed that in recognition of the statesman that Walcott was, the government  of Saint Lucia has decided to fly flags at half mast, at least until Tuesday.

“I am in discussion with his wife, his partner, Sigrid and also in discussion with the artistic community here in Saint Lucia of what other tributes we can pay to this icon of a man,” Chastanet said.

He observed that it was with a heavy heart that that  deepest sympathy is expressed to Sigrid and the Walcott family.


  1. Anonymous
    March 17, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    We all must died

    1. Anonymous
      March 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      The PM is correct, “Sir Walcott death is a great loss”, he the PM will miss his reading lessons from Sir Walcott. Feel so sad for you Mr.PM.

  2. Sharon Terrell
    March 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    You did us good Sir Derick Walcott.If we could chose when and who certainly it wouldn’t be you.Just went to sleep,but you’re already missed.Salute to you Icon.Rest in abundant peace.Love always.

    1. Anonymous
      March 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Chastanet you are happy Sir Walcott is gone so you can do what you want with Islets in the north and south. NO TEARS !!!! You are as good as a snake oil salesman.

      1. Anonymous
        March 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm


  3. Sad-But-True
    March 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Oh stay quiet, Evil Chastanet. You have no clue of Such Greatness. Because if you did, then you wouldn’t have destroyed this island and its People with your to Slave approach through DSH.
    Go back under the rock where you come from.
    No one wants you here.

  4. Sad-But-True
    March 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    But he is the Same Evil Chastanet who revoked funding for the Walcott House.
    What the nerve of such Evils.
    Have you NO Shame?

  5. compton
    March 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    walcott’s passing may be a great loss for St. Lucia, but it means “Jack-squat” to the rest of the world. So he string a few words together, big deal. His crap didn’t make sense most of the time. St. Lucia will carry on just fine.

    1. True St. Lucian
      March 18, 2017 at 7:51 am

      @Compton “walcott’s passing may be a great loss for St. Lucia, but it means “Jack-squat” to the rest of the world”. Please take time to read….if you type in his name on the internet you will be amazed…he was well known….but what about you!!!Honorable Sir Derek Walcott made his mark and contributed to St. Lucia…Bravo to a fallen patriotic….

  6. 666
    March 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    How sad it is for some people to see negativity in everything. We are here on Earth to liquidate our negative Karma…why add more unto yourselves? We are what we think, you know.

  7. TC
    March 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Agree sad but true.. he removed funding for the man’s museum but u are in tears now …?

  8. Dale Jacobs
    March 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    So agreed with you Sad-But-True. Chastanet’s words are those of a crocodile, his tears are crocodile’s. What more does he want for him to go! Alay! Vamous!

  9. Dale Jacobs
    March 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I’m so in agreement with you in everything you said! His words are that of a two faced slime bag. His tears are the crocodile’s.

  10. Watcher
    March 18, 2017 at 8:07 am

    The news of the proposed Dolphin Park on Pigeon Island and the Southern Causeway to Maria Islands may have hastened Sir Derek’s demise. He was always passionate about Saint Lucia and its natural environment which inspired his art and poetry.

  11. Anonymous
    March 18, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Sad but true u are such a sick individual it’d be a joke to give any credence to your elituracy.sir Walcott would turnin his grave if he knew u spoke of his name.Please go back under the rock from wench thou commeth from and don’t u dere use this icon to be your political football field.u ingreat

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