San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein never thought he would one day follow in the footsteps of his father, former San Fernando mayor Rakeeb Hosein.
But one thing he always knew was he would be of service to others.
Hosein’s father was the last mayor to serve the borough of San Fernando, from 1983 to 1987, before city status.
Hosein was the first child to his parents and grew up in a devout Muslim
family with two other siblings. He remains an active member of the ASJA mosque
in Mucurapo Street, San Fernando.
Hosein received his early education at San Fernando TML Primary School and later at Naparima College. He began working at the San Fernando City Corporation.
Hosein’s political career began as a member of the People’s National Movement’s (PNM) youth league when his father was a member of the San Fernando East constituency.
In 2003, he contested the local government election and won the electoral district of Les Efforts East/Cipero—the same district his father represented when he contested the election in 1983.
He remained a councillor until 2010, acting as mayor of the city on at least two occasions.
Hosein gradually emerged full time into the world of business, in the real estate and construction sectors.
His affiliation with the PNM also strengthened.
In October, the former councillor was sworn in as an alderman and then mayor of San Fernando, the second member of his family to wear the mayoral chain within the last three decades.
He told the media he never thought
he would one day become mayor.
“But what Allah has in store for you, you can’t change it,” Hosein said.
“From the day you were born until the day you leave this earth, it is written what is for you,” Hosein said.
Hosein has vowed to continue his father’s work and become a people’s mayor. He plans to relocate his mayoral office to the ground floor of the
San Fernando City Hall on Harris
Promenade to become more accessible to the disabled and elderly.
“My first plan is to move the mayor’s office from upstairs where it is not user-friendly. It is not accessible to anybody in a wheelchair, anybody over 60. It is difficult to walk up. I want to bring (the office) on the ground level,” he said after being sworn into office.
And Hosein said he intends to hold consultations with all stakeholders involved in uplifting San Fernando.
“I want to listen,” he said. “God gave me two ears and one mouth, I want to listen and I want to act. That is my intention. When I hear, I will act; I will use the office I was put into to implement all that is being asked of me.”