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Opposition leader objects to contract renewal for Ombudsmen

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

The government, during Friday’s House sitting, approved thr renewal of thr contract for Lionel Arzu as Ombudsman. But while Arzu got the nod from the Barrow adminstration, the opposition didn’t support the decision.

Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, said Arzu’s record does not impress his colleagues on the other side of the isle.

“This is not a motion that we can support on this side of the house. We wish to place on record that over the past few years that Mr. Arzu has served as the Ombudsman, we have received – and many of my colleagues have reported to me these complaints and concerns – about the level of inactivity and ineffectiveness of the Office of the Ombudsman over the past few years,” Fonseca told the Members of the House.

Fonseca compared Arzu’s performance to those of previous Ombudsmen.

“We are very concerned about that and some of that inactivity and ineffectiveness has been reflected in his very own reports coming out of his office. Our sense is, and its certainly not personal at all. We believe Mr. Arzu is a decent man, but certainly our sense is that the public does not enjoy as Ombudsman – the level of trust and confidence that his predecessors enjoyed.”

Before Arzu’s appointment as Ombudsman, Cynthia Pitts and Paul Rodriguez served as Ombudsman.

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