BREAKING: Sister of Opposition Leader found dead at his home

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 March 2016, 19:43 by Denis Chabrol

A sister of Guyana’s Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo was found dead at their Goedverwagting (Prado Ville 2), East Coast Demerara home.

Jagdeo confirmed that the body of his 57-year old sister, Oma, was found by his niece and nephew in the house. “She was the one living with me.”

“It”s with deep sadness, I announce the death of my sister Shanta. She was the epitome of a sister, she was a mother, my confidant and friend. She took care of me all my life and I will miss her dearly,” Jagdeo later said in a Facebook post.

He said she was his sibling who had lived with him at State House and at his private residence while he was Head of State and now Opposition Leader.

When he spoke with Demerara Waves Online News at about 3 PM, he said his sister’s death caused him to cut short meetings at Wakenaam and Leguan.

Her passing comes at time when Jagdeo is spearheading his People’s Progressive Party Civic’s campaign for next Friday’s Local Government Elections.

The former President could not say immediately whether she died from natural causes or foul play. “I don’t know what it is. I doubt it (foul play),” he said.

Police also confirmed the passing of Oma Jagdeo at the former Guyanese leader’s upscale seaside property.