New Ombudsman to be appointed soon – Gov’t to engage opposition on issue
GINA, GUYANA, Thursday, November 10, 2016
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, today, told media personnel that the appointment of a person to occupy the office of the Ombudsman is to be carefully considered, but can be soon expected.
“I can let you know that we are looking at the matter, we are looking at the appointment of an Ombudsman, but it is something which requires careful consideration,” the Minister said during a post-Cabinet media briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency.
Minister Harmon however, added that in keeping with the law, the government must engage with the opposition leader in making decisions with regards person or persons who may be eligible for the position.
Harmon added that, “I can say to you that in fact that we looking at several persons, which ones we have basically decided on, what are the names of the persons we are likely to put up, but we would have to discuss that with the leader of the opposition, and to get his ‘buy in’ on it.”
The last Ombudsman, Justice Winston Moore died in September. Moore was appointed to the position in January 2014.
The ombudsman’s office is an independent, impartial body providing free services, in investigating complaints that haven’t been solved by an organisation or public body that the complaint is against. An Ombudsman will also investigate complaints of cases that have been handled badly or unfairly, making someone suffer as a result.
By: Delicia Haynes