Red House privatized under PPP; property leased for 99 years with $1,000 paid per month

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Cheddi Jagan Research Centre

By Jomo Paul

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of State Joseph Harmon shockingly revealed to the National Assembly on Friday August 21, that the Former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration had privatized Red House and placed several members of the PPP hierarchy as the directors of the entity.

Harmon made the revelation while presenting his debate on the 2015 Budget where he stated that the deed was committed in 2012 by the PPP.

“The PPP when in government spent millions of dollars renovating Red House – until 2012 it was state property. Until such time that the PPP established a company called the Cheddi Jagan Research Inc,” said the Minister of State.

According to Harmon, under the privatized entity, Red House was renamed to Cheddi Jagan Research Centre and while it was a private company, its employees were paid by the State.

He named some of those persons who are listed as directors including, the late Janet Jagan, Hydar Ally, Indra Chandarpaul, Former President Donald Ramotar, Michael Khan, Kellawan Lall, Nadira Jagan and Geoffrey DaSilva.Red House

More shocking however was the revelation 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.

The Red House drama did not end there as Opposition Member Irfaan Ali shouted the name of a government official whom he claims played an integral role in the process.

“What you did not say is the Honorable Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo did the document,” Ali shouted across the floor.

Harmon said that this issue was like a bone stuck in his throat, while government Chief Whip, Amna Ally shouted from across the room “bare faced thief.”

“This is the level of contempt we talk about,” Harmon said adding “you take a prime piece of property in the city of Georgetown and paid $1,000 a month for it.”

20 COMMENTS

  1. Naggaman has alot to answer..dont pitty his face….he think he safe ?? He is a PPP by heart…mark my word next election he is in bed again with the PPP!!!

  2. al you racist anti govt clowns go get a life.Bharat is ur idol and he will continued to treat you guys like dirt.He should have you all to form a line and fed you all with grammoxone since you guys have no sense.Bharat needs to have some social decorium he is arrogant,pompous,bitter,racist and selfish.He is trying to divide the races and promote ethnic conflict but i do trust and hope when it begins he will come out to defend the indo Guyanese.My fellow indo Guyanese brothers and sisters please dont get carried away by Bharrat,s stupity.He had caused the PPP defeat in two conseqative elections because of his racist remarks so dont let him separate the races.He is just an evil,bitter and selfish racist who honestly thinks Guyana belongs to him and his cronies.Once again my indian brothers and sisters dont let him put us back into the dark days of the 1963 disturbances.I am pleaing with you people once .and for all PLEASE DONT.

  3. DON’T TALK ABOUT THE MAYOR OF GEORGETOWN. AFTER BURNHAM SEIZED THE SANKAR’S ESTATE AT HOPE , HAMILTON GREEN PUBLICLY THREATENED TO SEIZE THE OTHER COCONUT ESTATES IF THE OWNERS DIDN’T CLEAN THEM UP . GOOD PRETEXT, EH ? PURE RACISM AND ENVY !

  4. IN ADDITION , THEY WOULD HAVE STOLEN ALL THE IMPORTANT HISTORICAL PAPERS STORED THERE. REMEMBER THE MISSING FILES ON THE WALTER RODNEY MURDER ? AH BOY!

  5. good point Emile Mervin, do they know anything about a presidential library – nah, you are teaching them something here –

  6. Fools of guyana who elected a police man for president… Did the apnu publish the document so all can see who authored the contract? Naggaman wrote it and was quiet when this was revealed. The main question is who is the lesser of two evils. I guarantee you all that if apnu don’t burn this country down to the ground ppp will reign.

  7. Mr. Harmon , anand sanasie your buddy friend did the same thing with the cricket board assess he transfer everything in his name and three of his friends , raj singh, fizul bacchus and kaladeen. . Hope u jail them asap . But i dont it will happen because he (Sanasie) is your dear friend. I was so shock when i saw Sanasie at the President birthday held at army headquarter. This man charged for treason , he tried to overthrow Guyana Best President Mr. Hoyte so far. He escape to venuezla and return when the ppp gain power in 1992 and was pardon. This guy is AWOL

  8. Maharanee the only people who are trashy are you, your PPP apologists and your third rate thieving corrupt party… The stench if your corruption makes the people and diaspora of Guyana ( the uncorruptable and decent ones) choke, gagg and vomit!

  9. This property must revert back to the state. Mr. Burnham did bad things. Did anyone in the former the PPP govt. try to reverse those wrongs? Why not? Well, this wrong MUST be corrected.

  10. Bull crap! Utter balderdash! The issue is about the theft of state property and giving it to the PPP for partisan use. There can be no justification for this by trying to compare it to anything the PNC did decades ago. The PPP must never be allowed to rule Guyana with Jagdeo, Ramotar or Rohee as leaders. Cheddi Jagan deserves a presidential library to house his works, and the state should fund it, but not in this manner. This is bare-faced theft.

  11. Joey, ever so often, i turned to see you have something to say bout the new government that never positive. It clearly you are a racist for even though they are facts in front of you, you can’t comprehened. Mr. Harmon stated where the information came from which is the registry srill you profess to believe he lied. Please, if you dnt have anything of importance to say, dnt for you are wasting space and time that can be used for something worth while. Get a God dam life.

  12. Red House belongs to the People of Guyana, just like Castalline House, those employee are paid by the state also. WOW! you people are unbelievable. How about we share cuffee , or should we split him in two?

  13. SHOCKING! ABSOLUTIELY SHOCKING! I did visit the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre a few times. I always thought that it was a Government owned and operated entity. As a matter of fact, I once took a group of over-seas visitors there.

  14. Mr. Harmon if you are going to throw stones you must be prepared to get some thrown back at you. You are are speaking as if you and your colleagues are all alter boys – if you are going to start bringing issues such as this then you should go back into history under the Burnham rule where thousands of innocent Guyanese had their properties stolen from them with little or no compensation. Now tell us that is not true. Mr. Harmon at least if you are going to lie mix it up with some truth. Don’t be a liar and thief at the same – very bad combination. This is not the change that people of Guysna wanted – very sad.

  15. Check this out… if this wasn’t done the Ruling Cabal would have closed down the Cheddi Jagan research Center ipso facto come May 12th, 2015 !!!! … Harmon was researching to find a way to do this and came up with a brick wall…. his ego is deflated and he cries wolf once again…. he has to find another angle to denigrate the PPP Government… the military cabal is installed, Granger has told the Emancipation Day Celebration that May 11th, has restored the Emancipation of the blacks and no one should take it away from them ever….

  16. Amna likes to shout. She is very trashy. Birds of a feather. Somebody remind me what her portfolio entails.

  17. Kindly refer to SARU for recovery! That is not the only wealth transfer that took place in Georgetown, no wonder they had to emasculate the mayor and town council.
    My ancestors worked for free on that property, it is part of the national patrimony and must be retrieved or be adequately compensated for !

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