Cabinet Secretary Mr. Carlos Perdomo, who is acting as Governor General in the absence of Sir Colville Young, administered the Oath of office to Judge Samuel Lungole Awich as a Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal.
Sir Colville left Belize Wednesday to attend the inauguration of President Ma Jing-Jeou of the Republic of China on Taiwan, who has been re-elected as President.
Justice Awich, a native of Uganda, has served Belize as a Justice of the Supreme Court from April 2001 until he reached the retirement age of 65 on Tuesday May 15.
He also served as acting Chief Justice when Dr. Abdulai Conteh left office in October 2010, until the new Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin arrived in September.
The Acting Governor General also swore in former Attorney General, Mr. Bernard Pitts, as the new Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission, replacing Mr. Alberto August, who has gone on to become the Chairman of Belize Water Services.
The Senate approved Mr. Pitts’ appointment last Friday, May 11.