King Weston producing big stars - Commish Quallo joins Buju Banton, George Nooks as famous sons

April 12, 2017
Sylvia Prehay (principal of King Weston All-Age School) recalls her school days with Police Commissioner George Quallo, as her classmate when they both attended the King Weston All-Age School, originally operated in the building behind her.
Commissioner-designate George Quallo
Members of Quallo House, named after past student and newly appointed Commissioner of Police George Quallo, during sports day activities at the King Weston All-Age School yesterday.
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Despite being one of few persons to have owned a bicycle during his youthful days in King Weston, situated in west rural St Andrew, George Quallo refused to ride to school.

Beris Walker, Quallo's former schoolmate at King Weston All-Age, had fond memories of the Commissioner of Police-designate.

"Him did have a bicycle but because we had to walk, him just park him bicycle and walk wid wi," Walker said.

Quallo is one of the community's most famous sons. He is set to become the country's 29th Commissioner of Police next Tuesday.

Residents also say the community is the birthplace of greatness with entertainers such as Buju Banton, George Nooks, Gyptian, and Gully Bop hailing from there.

 

Humble but jovial

 

The first of seven children for his parents, Quallo got his father's Christian name, George.

"Because him and the father have the same name, we call him Roy because we never want the mix-up with him and him father," Walker said.

"Mi proud a the man. Them man deh must win man. Him mannersable," he added.

Sylvia Prehay, principal and former classmate of Quallo at King Weston All-Age, remembered Quallo as a humble but jovial person, who enjoyed games that other children at the time would play.

"Both of us attended King Weston All-Age, in the same class, then we moved on to Oberlin High school but in different class, and then he went straight into the police force after high school," she said.

"Like myself, he wasn't much of a troublemaker. He was more reserved, he would play and he was very friendly. He would play with all the children, like marbles, fly kites and gigs. He would participate in those activities like any other normal child," she said.

"And from time to time, we would slide go down there so and get a few mangoes during breaks and lunchtime," Prehay said pointing towards fruit trees down a ravine.

Robert Montague, the minister of national security, said in Parliament yesterday that Quallo possesses the relevant experience and command necessary for the effective management of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at this time.

"I am confident that Mr Quallo will continue to strengthen the work undertaken by the JCF and will manage the Force in such a way that will ultimately lead to the enhancing of the security services, improving public order, accountability and reducing corruption," Montague said.

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