Retired Justice Winston Patterson, was, earlier today (Wednesday), sworn in at State House as Guyana’s new Ombudsman by President David Granger.
Among those present were; Prime Minister Moses, Nagamootoo, Public Security Minister, Natural Resources Minister and State Minister Joseph Harmon.
Justice Patterson’s wife and son were also present at the event.
In a brief engagement with media operatives, Justice Patterson said he felt very privileged to be called upon once again to serve and will endeavour to do his best in that capacity. “I have no doubt that there will be challenges, God forbid, but I will try to do my best,” he said.
The Ombudsman’s Office is an independent and impartial body that provides free services to investigate complaints against public bodies as well as matters that are perceived to have have been handled unfairly.
Justice Patterson has been appointed to the post following the death of his predecessor, Retired Justice Winston Moore, in September last.
The new Ombudsman has served in the capacity of a Registrar of the Judiciary in Guyana and most recently served on the tribunal to investigate whether the Chairman and appointed member of the Public Service Commission, Carvil Duncan, ought to be removed from his post.