Vanuatu daily news digest | Ombudsman Act strengthening

PM sees Ombudsman Act needing strengthening

It was good to hear and see Prime Minister Joe Natuman making a clear and positive commitment to strengthening the Ombudsman Act – something for which there has been a continual demand and which is likely to be a major recommendation in the soon to be released National Integrity System statement of Transparency Vanuatu. VBTC carried the news but unfortunately the sound quality of the recording of the PM was not clear enough. I therefore have no hesitation in giving the full press release of the Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Joe Natuman has assured the Ombudsman Kalkot Mataskelekele that he wants the Ombudsman Act reviewed and amended accordingly to give more powers to the Ombudsman.

Prime Minister Natuman was speaking this morning during the official launching of the 20th Anniversary of the Ombudsman since the setting up of the office in 1994.

The two week anniversary celebrations run throughout this week in Port Vila.

The prime minister will unveil a plaque during the conclusion of the celebrations on Tuesday 15 July to commemorate the events.

The government is fully aware of the difficulties currently faced by the Ombudsman in effectively carrying out its obligations under the Constitution.

The prime minister, who is also the Ombudsman spokesman, wants to ensure that leaders who breach the Leadership Code Act are dealt with accordingly.

“My government is committed to the principles of transparency and accountability.

“The role of the Ombudsman in holding leaders accountable for their actions clearly needs to be strengthened, to help the government realise such an important goal, as far as good governance is concerned,” said PM Natuman.

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