Hon. Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo
Prime Minister of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo (born 30 November 1947) is a Guyanese politician and writer who has been Prime Minister of Guyana since 20 May 2015.
Early life and education
Moses was born on 30th November 1947 in the village of Whim, in the eastern County of Berbice, Guyana. He was educated at the Accabre College of Social Sciences, Venezuelan Spanish Language Institute, University of Guyana, and the Hugh Wooding Law School, University of the West Indies.
Prior to entering politics, Nagamootoo was a teacher (1964 - 1970) and later a journalist (1970 - 1992). He served as Vice-president International Organization of Journalists. From 1970-1992 he was General Secretary ot the Union of Guyanese Journalists; and he an Executive in the Caribbean Association of Media Workerswas from 1986-1992.
Nagamootoo has been a parliamentarian for eighteen years. He was elected to Parliament in 1992 as a member of the PPP/Civic slate. The then President Dr. Jagan chose him as the Minister of Information. He resigned from this post to pursue studies in Law at the University of Guyana and later at the University of the West Indies at the Hugh Wooding Law School.
He returned to the cabinet in 1995 in the post of Minister of Local Government. Moses was in the Cabinet under the presidencies of Dr.Cheddi Jagan, Samuel Hinds, Janet Jagan and Bharrat Jagdeo. He resigned as Minister in 2000 but remained an MP for the PPP until 2011 when he resigned from the People's Progressive Party. Mr. Nagamootoo had been a member of the PPP since 1964.
Moses Nagamootoo joined the Alliance For Change (AFC) in October 2011, and was re-elected to Parliament on the AFC’s slate in November 2011. He is currently Vice President of the Alliance for Change (AFC).
Following the opposition's victory in the May 2015 general election, Nagamootoo was sworn in as Prime Minister and First Vice-President on 20 May 2015.
Summary of political career
- 1961 Entered politics at age 14joining the PPP-led anti-colonialist struggle for Guyana’s independence.
- 1964 -1976: member Progressive Youth Organization (PYO)
- 1964-2011 member People’s Progressive Party (PPP)
- 1966: A founder of National Union of Students, and first Organizing Secretary.
- 1964-1992: Activist for restoration of democracy, press freedom and human rights
- 1992-2001: Senior Minister of Information
- 1995-1996: Senior Minister of Local Government & Regional Development with responsibilities for Information & Amerindian Affairs
- 1996-2001: Member of Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Reform
- 1999-2001: Chairman, Oversight Committee on Constitutional Reform
Nagamootoo is married to Sita Nagamootoo, an educationalist on 23 May 1971, and has four children.
Nagamootoo is the author of the novel Hendree's Cure (2001), which describes a world of Madrassi fishermen who inhabited the Corentyne village of Whim in the 1950s and 1960s.
Honours and awards
Nagamootoo is the recipient of several awards:
• IOJ Scroll of Honour for Journalism (Vietnam)
• PAJ Press Week (Jamaica)
• Harvard University Guest author & Allen White University fellow (USA)
• GOPIO Community Service Award (India)
• PPP Meritorious Member Award (Guyana)
• Distinguished Service Plaque (PPP/NY Support Group)