The Irfaan Ali-led regime’s plan to repaint State House is not sitting well with the Leader of the Opposition, Joseph Harmon. In fact, the former Minister is warning that any attempt to repaint the buildings on the grounds of personal preference will be an insult to Guyanese, and an abuse of the nation’s purse.
According to a Newsroom article, dated September 18, 2020, it was the Minister of Governance and Parliamentary Affairs Gail Teixeira, who told the National Assembly that the People’s Progressive Party Government has intention to restore State House, a heritage building, and the official residence of the President to its historic colour of white with green edges.
“State House will be restored to white walls and forest green edges… not duck egg green,” Teixeira was quoted as saying.
The building was repainted under the Coalition administration, and the colour scheme used became a source of contention. But Harmon said that the repainting then, was warranted unlike now, where the change in colour seems to be premised on personal preference.
“We learnt that a large sum of money has been set aside for the repainting of State House. State House was only recently repainted. Now, if Mr [Irfaan] Ali (President of Guyana) does not like a particular colour, well he can put his hand in his pocket and paint it over. But why do you burden the Guyanese taxpayers just to deal with a personal preference? This is wastefulness. This is Squandermania, and this is unacceptable,” Harmon said during a virtual press conference earlier today.