New Ombudsman assured of Government’s full support

Newly sworn-in Ombudsman, Winston Moore was assured of the Government of Guyana’s full support in the discharge of his duties. This assurance came from no less a person than President Donald Ramotar himself.

Moore, took the Oath of Office today in the presence of the Head of State, Leader of the Opposition, David Granger, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, representatives from the legal fraternity and his family members.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, President Donald Ramotar, newly sworn-in Ombudsman, Winston Moore and Opposition Leader, David Granger

The President, in congratulating the new Ombudsman, said that this post had been vacant for a long time and as such, some its functions were being executed by the constitutional court. He urged the public to make full use of the services that this new office.

Meanwhile, he also informed that his Government is working aggressively to full the other constitutional posts that are still vacant. This process, he said, should be completed in the near future.

The new Ombudsman, a former Judge sought to clear up a few issues surrounding his Office with regards to staffing and resources. He has been working closely with the Ministry of Public of Service and has since submitted a list of requirements for the Office to function effectively.

Former Judge, Winston Moore taking the Oath of Office of Ombudsman in the presence of President Donald Ramotar.

He also informed that staffers who had worked at the Office in the past were given an option to return and many of them have agreed. Moore said, “I have no qualms or misgivings about personnel or resources that will be provided.”

Guyana has been without an Ombudsman for eight years. The last person who held this post was Justice Sheik Mohammed in 2005, a former Supreme Court Judge.


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