Saturday 11 July, 2020

Shahine Robinson not well, but ‘fighting’, says relative

Shahine Robinson

Shahine Robinson

A relative of Labour and Social Security Minister, Shahine Robinson, has revealed that while the veteran politician is not well, she is "fighting" and "very much alive".

Robinson has been battling illness for some time.

Gianna Fakhourie, a niece of Robinson, gave the update through her Facebook page on Thursday night after news circulated on social and traditional media that her aunt was ‘critically ill’. There were also some rumours that the minister had passed, which turned out to be false.

"The rumours are not true. But prayers are appreciated. She (Shahine Robinson) isn't well, but she is very much ALIVE. Please put POSITIVE VIBRATIONS into the universe as she is fighting and NONE OF US HAVE GIVEN UP," Fakhourie posted.

While noting that calls to the family have been non-stop, Fakhourie has appealed to persons to focus on Robinson's "healing".

"The calls are non-stop and we would appreciate if everyone could focus their energies on her healing, rather than anything else," Fakhourie posted, adding that, "She (Robinson) loves you all and we appreciate all the support and kind words and outpouring of love."

She concluded with the hashtags, "#AuntieShahineisalive #AuntieShahinelives #AuntieShahine."

Fakhourie did not provide details regarding the nature of the minister’s ailment or whether she is presently hospitalised, but it is believed that she is at home in St Ann.

Robinson, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East St Ann, fell ill in October of last year, and since that time she has been carrying out her ministerial duties sparingly.

At a post-Cabinet press briefing held in January, Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda, disclosed that Robinson would not be stepping down from the Cabinet because of her extended period of illness.

Citing that Robinson had attended functions since her illness, Samuda stated then that the minister was doing well and was looking forward to returning to an active role within the Cabinet.

Robinson briefly returned to Parliament in March, but has since been absent due to her illness.

She came to national prominence in 2001 after she snatched the North East St Ann seat for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) following the resignation of the People's National Party (PNP) then MP, Danny Melville. Since that time Robinson has not lost the seat.

Since then she has also served as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (2007), with responsibility for Local Government added in July 2011, and Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for the Ministry of Transport and Works (2011).

She was appointed as Minister of Labour and Social Security in March 2016, following the JLP winning the general elections that were held a month before.

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