By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President, Donald Ramotar is far from amused over recent statements by Attorney General Basil Williams as it relates to turning Red House into a research facility for all of Guyana’s past Presidents.
Williams at a press conference on Wednesday, October 28 had dubbed the land deal under the People’s Progressive Party regime as illegal, contending that it amounts to misconduct and malfeasance of office.
The deal referred to saw the land that facilitates the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre being leased for $1000 per month for 99 years. The Attorney General claims that this is essentially a land transport and Government would be making steps to scrap the land deal.
But Ramotar in a telephone interview with iNews on Thursday, October 29, stated that if the government wants to establish research centres for other Former Presidents, it is free to do so, but not at the cost of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre.
The former President made it explicitly clear that he was giving his own opinion stating, “If they want somewhere for Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte, let them find another building. I am personally not in agreement with that.”
Defending his stance, Ramotar contended that Dr Jagan dwelled in that building hence it is the prime place to be used as a research centre for his work and life achievements.
“It is a living memorial for Dr Jagan,” Ramotar proclaimed adding “this is a place most appropriate for housing the works of Cheddi Jagan.”
He suggested that the Government look to the Castellani House or even the University of Guyana to erect a Presidential Research Centre, but not lay a finger on Red House.
“There is no shortage of places they can find,” he stated.