BLANTYRE--Barely after two weeks a survey revealed that the Office of the Ombudsman is the least known constitutional body even in cities, the Ombudsman has moved and will hold open day sessions in its all three regional offices beginning Friday, October 5, 2012.
A survey by Afrobarometer, an independent, non-partisan, African based network of researchers, showed that 30 percent of Malawians don't know the Ombudsman.
“While 43 percent of Malawians trust the Ombudsman, 30 percent (minority in rural areas) do not know the Ombudsman. Of all the constitutional bodies, the Ombudsman is the least known even in cities,” reads Afrobarometer's statement made available to MaraPost.
The Office of the Ombudsman says the open day sessions are dedicated to the general public to enable them meet the Ombudsman face to face.
“They do not have to book an appointment; just come to our offices on Friday, 5TH October, in Lilongwe on Tuesday, 16thOctober and in Mzuzu on Friday, 19th October, 2012.
“All sessions will be starting from 9 am in morning through to 5 pm in the afternoon. Have you ever been treated unfairly or unjustly by public officials? This is your rare opportunity for the Ombudsman to assist you,” reads a statement seen by MaraPost Thursday.
The Office of the Ombudsman is entrusted with the duty of consolidating democratic values, promoting good governance and respect for the rule of law in Malawi.
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