The Ombudsman of Belize, Lionel Arzu has been operating in that capacity for the last three years but come January 1, 2016, his contract would have expired. It is a position that he seeks to retain as he has applied for renewal of his contract.
“My contract is up January 1st, 2016. I have reapplied for re-engagement but that is still pending. We just had an election recently so the House will have an inaugural sitting tomorrow and then my hope is that tomorrow they will deal with my case. The job, it has been one of those things that you try very hard to change the face of the office. People, I know when I came in 2013 we had a lot of complaints and there were complaints prior to me coming on board that we still had to deal with. Now after almost three years in office our staff hasn’t increased much but the police have done their part. I have said this on a number of times that if the police would do what they need to do as a department, because half of the complaints is against them, if they did what they were supposed to do then it would mean that we have half our work done but if they don’t do what they need to do then it means that half our work is still there for us to do.”
Arzu, who took over from Cynthia Pitts, was officially sworn in as the Ombudsman on December 28, 2011 by the Governor General of Belize, His Excellency Sir Colville Young. Prior to being the Ombudsman, Arzu was a teacher at the Julian Cho Technical High School in the Toledo District.