Vice President Ramjattan says he will not remove hide of national animal

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 11:25 by GxMedia

The jaguar skin seen extreme left on the wall of Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan’s office.

Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan is defying requests made by Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes and civil society to remove the hide of a Jaguar – Guyana’s national animal, from the walls of his office.

Over the past months several requests have been made and a social media campaign mounted to get the Vice President to remove the animals hide but to no avail.

Ramjattan told Demerara Waves that ther remains that adorn the walls of his office are of “sentimental” value to him.

“That is my personal hide that I had 20 years ago in the chambers of my private practice and there is sentimental attachment,” said Ramjattan.

Asked whether he doesn’t think that having the animal’s hide on his wall is improper, Ramjattan responded in the negative.

“What is the impropriety? What about it is improper? The farmers indicated that it killed five animals and they killed it…I will not be taking it down. Absolutely not,” he stated.