The St Lucia Government yesterday described Alimenta Bishop, the mother of Grenada’s slain prime minister Maurice Bishop, as a “strong admirable Caribbean mother,” Jamaica’s Observer reports.
Bishop, 97, died on Saturday without ever getting to know where the remains of her son were being held.
Bishop was killed on October 19, 1983, four years after he came to power in the first ever coup in the English-speaking Caribbean.
His death resulted in a United States-led invasion of the island and the body of the former prime minister has never been recovered, despite pleas from his family and successive governments.
“Despite the pain and anguish she suffered over the years, she continued to be a model citizen and constantly rallied for justice and fairness. It is regrettable that after so many years of agitation she was unable to receive disclosure about the burial site of her son, Maurice Bishop, who was brutally killed in 1983. She was a strong, admirable Caribbean mother,” Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said.
Anthony, who spoke by telephone with members of the Bishop family, said, “St Lucia mourns the passing of Mrs Bishop, whose husband was also murdered.”
Bishop’s former deputy, Bernard Coard and several others of the People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG), including Coard’s wife, Phyllis, were sentenced to lengthy jail terms for their roles in Bishop’s death, but were all released a few years ago under new sentencing procedures.