[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Bar Association (GBA), the Guyana Women Lawyers Association (GWLA) and Justice Institute Guyana (JIG) have said that President Donald Ramotar’s reluctance to sack Health Minister Dr Bheri Ramsaran is an indication of some form of indecency.
Ramsaran is currently embroiled in a nasty scandal involving women’s rights activist, Sherlina Nageer.
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.
“Dr Ramsaran’s threat to slap and strip a young woman would be a disgusting conduct by any man. They are particularly reprehensible coming from a Member of Parliament and Minister of Government. A decent Minister would have resigned by now. A decent President would have sacked him already,” noted the joint statement from the legal fraternity.
The statement said that the Minister’s behaviour was “intolerable, abusive, insulting and obscene.”
“Dr Ramsaran’s behaviour has been reported across the globe. He has become a national, as well as an international embarrassment. If President Ramotar does not sack Dr Ramsaran for the sake of the voters of Guyana he must do it for Guyana’s international standing,” read the joint statement.
The President has been receiving calls from a wide cross section of civil society to seriously reprimand the Minister by asking for him to tender his resignation; however to date despite the numerous calls no such has been done nor has the President offered a response to the calls.