| Derek Edwin Leopold Aikman
Former Cabinet Minister, Belize
Derek Edwin Leopold Aikman was a Belizean politician and former Cabinet Minister. He served in the Belize House of Representatives as an area representative for the Freetown constituency in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Derek Edwin Leopold Aikman was born in Belize on 15 November 1959
A relative political newcomer, Aikman was first elected to the Belize House as a member of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in 1984, defeating sitting Prime Minister George Cadle Price in what was considered a major upset. He served under the Manuel Esquivel administration from 1984-1989. Aikman went unto serve as Minister of Education and won Freetown again in 1989 - but did not serve out the full term.
In opposition to the UDP-supported Maritime Areas Bill, along with Albert Area Rep. Philip Goldson; Aikman joined the newly formed National Alliance for Belizean Rights (NABR) in January 1992. Aikman also served Belize as Belize City Mayor.
Aikman was declared bankrupt and expelled from the Belize House in December 1992, becoming the first Belizean area representative to leave office mid-term since independence. Eventually re-joining the UDP, Aikman attempted a political comeback in Fort George in 1998, but was soundly defeated by the incumbent, People's United Party (PUP) leader Said Musa.
In the years that followed up to his death, he remained active in public life as an agitator for various causes - most recently the safety of individual voter's ballots.
Aikman was married to wife, Kim Aikman and was the father of three children.
Aikman died on 2 Mach 2019 at age 59. His funeral service was held at St. John’s Cathedral, Belize on 7 March 2019, followed by burial at Homeland Memorial Park.