The family of the late Vaughn Walter will not be accepting any financial contributions to his funeral from the Government of Antigua & Barbuda.
“The family would never consider accepting a donation” from the State, said Gregory Walter, an older brother of Vaughn
Further, he was very careful to state that the Walter family “has not, at any time, requested of the Cabinet an official or State funeral for [his] brother.”
Minister of Information Melford Nicholas announced Thursday that Cabinet had decided against affording Walter the honour of such ceremonies because he does not meet the criteria for either.
However, Nicholas said the Cabinet had agreed to “make a financial contribution towards the funeral expenses … in recognition of the significant work that he has done.”
Walter served the country for many years in a number of capacities,
making significant contributions to the development and promotion of local and regional cultures.
He was recently put in charge of coordinating plans for this country’s hosting of Carifesta 2021.
Since the announcement, scores of people have taken to social media to express disappointment at what they see as Walter’s snub by the Gaston Browne administration.