Mandela Day not a holiday

 The Office of the Prime Minister has said that Mandela Day, which will be announced by Government next year to celebrate the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela, will not be a public holiday.

A statement from OPM press secretary Francis Joseph yesterday corrected what he said was inaccurate reporting in the Trinidad Guardian’s front page story which stated that Mandela Day would be a public holiday.

“Nowhere in the statement of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in her tribute in the House of Representatives (Friday), did she say that “Mandela Day” would be a public holiday.

The Prime Minister’s statement was carried live on the Parliament Channel. The Guardian also received a copy of the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament,” the statement said.

Joseph said Persad-Bissessar stated in part, “In this regard, I am pleased to announce that I have agreed that a date in early next year, will be declared “Mandela Day” in Trinidad and Tobago, and with the leading scholars, historians and relevant historians, we will organise a public symposium on the life and lessons of Nelson Mandela.”

“I noticed that Facebook and other social media have been busy all day (yesterday), speaking about another holiday being declared in Trinidad and Tobago,” Joseph said in the OPM statement.

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