No law broken in repainting State House – President Granger
President David Granger says he is not aware that he is breaking any law as it relates to his decision to repaint his official residence – State House – in green. State House is listed as a national monument.
Additionally, the President made it clear that he did not receive any letter from the National Trust of Guyana, which is responsible for national monuments across the country; there are laws that govern such monuments under the National Trust Act and guidelines are detailed for changes to national monuments.
“I am not aware that the repair – as you know this building was constructed in 1854 – there’s a lot of rot, some of the windows are falling off and a decision was taken to repair the rotten portions and…I am not aware that a law has been broken,” President Granger told reporters on the sidelines of an event at State House on Wednesday morning.
As a matter of fact, he urged the National Trust to worry about the current state of other buildings across the city, including City Hall.
“We have heritage buildings all across the country, some of them are collapsing.”
In a report carried by News Source last week, Chairman of the National Trust, Lennox Hernandes was quoted as saying that while there may be no regulations governing the colour of the building, there are guidelines that should have been followed with the National Trust before moves were made to change the colour.
According to the News Source report, the Chairman said that the National Trust was not been contacted about the change of colour and that they wrote the Ministry of the Presidency regarding the issue.