Gov’t moves to scrap Red House land deal

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By Jomo Paul

Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General, Basil Williams. [iNews' Photo]
Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General, Basil Williams. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com]The APNU+AFC administration will be making steps towards scrapping the lease deal that governs the plot of land, which is currently occupied by the Cheddi Jagan Research Center.

This was revealed by Attorney General, Basil Williams who told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday, October 28 that the government has already engaged the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on the issue.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had shockingly revealed to the National Assembly on August 21, that the former PPP/C administration had privatized Red House and placed several members of the PPP hierarchy as the directors of the entity.

It was also revealed that the property was leased to the company for 99 years at a rate of $12,000 per year; which is $1,000 per month.

“A team from the PPP visited me and we discussed the issue…we came to the conclusion that it will be resolved; the land has to be returned to the State,” the Attorney General said.Red House

He pointed out that the Government’s contention is that the building should not only be used as a research centre for Former President Cheddi Jagan, but for all those who would have occupied the Presidency in the annals of Guyana’s history.

“The lease arrangement was a device (to hide) from the eyes of equity that is the sale of a land – A 99 year lease is a transport,” said Williams.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I support your very True and very valid point, this building is History and should remain as is, this should not be part of the bull shit game ….Dr Jagan Did a lot for Guyanese RESPECT and PRESERVE his life,,,

  2. Red House should not be dedicated to past presidents. This is absolutely insane. This historic place has a history with the Jagan’s and especially our late President (Cheddi). This is where he lived while he was Premier of our country. Cheddi dedicated his life for the betterment of all Guyanese regardless of race or political affiliation. The restoration of Democracy in 1992 could not have been achieved without our Great leader Cheddi. This historic place must remain as the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre. This Colation continues to dismantle all that is good for our country including our History. What will they do next?????

  3. Yes, I have a transport for a property leased to me for 1000 years. I am hoping to be around to renew that lease when the time expires. ……it is a piece of Prime ” real estate”.

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