[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar has officially relieved Dr Behri Ramsaran as Minister of Health, according to an official release from Office of the President today.
According to the release, Dr Jennifer Westford has been appointed to act as the Minister of Health.
“His Excellency President Donald Ramotar has named Dr Jennifer Westford to act as the Minister of Health. Minister Bheri Ramsaran has since been relieved of his Ministerial duties following a meeting with the President. The President reiterates his outrage at the verbal outbursts and insults uttered by the Minister recently,” the release noted.
Since the revelation of two recordings with Dr Ramsaran verbally assaulting and degrading women’s rights activist, Sherlina Nageer went viral, calls from all sections of society were mounted for Dr Ramsaran’s dismissal.
The Guyana Bar Association (GBA), the Guyana Women Lawyers Association (GWLA) and Justice Institute Guyana (JIG) had said that President Ramotar’s reluctance to sack Dr Ramsaran is an indication of some form of indecency.
A recording had surfaced where the Minister in an invective with Nageer during which he promised to “slap” and “strip” the woman all the while telling her that she was a little piece of “sh!t.”
The legal bodies in a release to the media on Tuesday, April 28 made it clear that the utterances are not to be condoned by the sitting Minister of Government. The Private Sector Commission (PSC) had also called for his resignation.
Both the US and British Envoys have condemned the Minister’s utterances saying that had that happened in either of their government, the person would have been expected to tender his/her resignation.