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‘People’s Man’ stood up for my mom who ‘was not from here’- Hon Maduro-Caines

Acting Minister for Education and Culture and Sixth District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines, right, said her family shared a close relationship with the late Mr Omar W. Hodge, the man who she would topple from office after 32 years in office at the 2011 general elections of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines, the Acting Minister for Education and Culture and Sixth District Representative, was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ on January 2, 2018. Photo: Faceboook
Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines, the Acting Minister for Education and Culture and Sixth District Representative, was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ on January 2, 2018. Photo: Faceboook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- She shockingly toppled the political giant at the 2011 General Elections of the Virgin Islands as a National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for the Sixth District, but there was still plenty of love between Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) and the late Omar W. Hodge, a former Minister for Natural Resources and Labour.

Hon Maduro-Caines was also one of the first to take to social media to extend her condolences to the family and friends of the late Mr Hodge, who passed away on December 20, 2017 at age 75.

Mr Hodge, who was affectionately known as the 'People's Man', was the third longest serving member of the Parliament, 1979-2011. He lost his Sixth District seat in the 2011 elections to Honourable Maduro-Caines after 32 years of continuous service there.

"I know him from a little girl growing up because he and my mom were best friends. She cooked for him in his younger days and did his clothes, so we always had a close relationship with him," Hon Maduro-Caines, who is currently acting as Minister for Education and Culture, told the host of the online radio show Fresh Radio Vybz, Paul A. Peart aka 'Gadiethz', on January 2, 2018.

The late Mr Hodge, a member of the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP), was at the side of both former Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt and first Premier Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE during the early development of the Territory. Having been first elected in November 1979 he was a champion of the rights of Caribbean people, including those from the Dominican Republic, and for children born in the Virgin Islands whose status was unclear after the United Kingdom's British Nationality Act.

He stood up for my mom

According to Hon Maduro-Caines, the late Mr Hodge would come to her mother's side whenever she (mother) was being discriminated against because she was not from the Virgin Islands.

"He stood up for my mom, being somebody not from here. She took a lot of bashing in her younger days when she came here [and] got married to my father, and it was always a tug-o-war of she is an island woman and he would always be there to stand up for her rights and for us while we were growing up."

Hon Maduro-Caines said she really appreciated the late legislator for what he did for her mother.

"And on the political side, for the stance he took for laws and for different people is something you cannot really forget," Hon Maduro-Caines stated.

18 Responses to “‘People’s Man’ stood up for my mom who ‘was not from here’- Hon Maduro-Caines”

  • More than that! (04/01/2018, 17:12) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Omar's mother was Alvera's grandfather sister.

    Work it out...
  • Zo6e 6 (04/01/2018, 17:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    God bless you alvera
  • Disinterested (04/01/2018, 17:35) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    What does the acting MEC do? Is the MEC away on an extended stay?
  • Interested (04/01/2018, 17:44) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good for her. Never fail to give credit where it is due.
  • Yeh (04/01/2018, 18:14) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's nice when cousins and nephews etc protect and defend one another.
  • Really? (04/01/2018, 18:33) Like (11) Dislike (15) Reply
    So he looked out for your mother and you thanked him by toppling him....go figure...
    • @ Really? (05/01/2018, 23:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You really posted that comment? Hodge was Conrad Maduro best friend and campaign manager back in the days and he ran against Conrad and toppled him. Know your political history my friend.
  • voter (04/01/2018, 19:11) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    What I like about her she is always humble...she has my vote next time too
  • Yes (04/01/2018, 20:17) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ungratefulness at its best
  • wize up (04/01/2018, 20:23) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Sad to say but most modern day politicans no longer care for our people most of the folks you and I vote into office motive is to fill their pockets by any means necessary: contrasts this place from the 60s until now: (regression)......what a place these days only God will save us but there is hope
  • qc (04/01/2018, 22:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good words by the district rep
  • Go Omar! (05/01/2018, 13:42) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    We could do with some more support for long term residents whose parents are not frrm here right now..!
  • Expat (06/01/2018, 06:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Hodge cared about any and everyone. You met and greeted him and he responded as though he knew you personally. He rarely if he ever did at all "where you from" or "who you belong to". If you had a problem just tell him if he could help he would. He was truly the "people's man". No only have the BVIs lost a great man but all nationalities residing here have lost a friend. Safe voyage !!!!
  • de silent one (06/01/2018, 19:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I support you with the defense of the late Hon. Hodge. He was one of the few that stood up for expatriates in this country and to help afford them to be where they are today with their status and properties. He has served well, and deserve all the accolades.

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