Rastas Disappointed that PM Did Not Greet Haile Selassie’s Grandson on Arrival


Members of the Rastafarian movement on Thursday slammed Prime Minister Andrew Holness for not being present at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) for the arrival of Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, Haile Selassie’s grandson.

A Rastafarian elder, who addressed the crowd as they awaited the arrival of the prince, also expressed disappointed that more members of the government did not attend the event, which he believed was as important as the visit of President Obama last year.

“I am disappointed that more government officials, like the Prime Minister, were not here,” said the speaker as he prepared the crowd for a speech that would be delivered by Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie.

Prince Ermais Sahle Selassie’s visit, commemorates 50th anniversary of the His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I — late Emperor of Ethiopia — visit to Jamaica on April 21, 1966.

Among the Rastafari movement, Haile Selassie is revered as a messiah.

Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie arrived on American Airlines Flight AA1589 at 10:59 am was greeted by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry.

The Ethiopian prince is expected to make a courtesy call on Holness at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday.