Ombudsman fast asleep

Letters, Normal

The National, Friday 30th December 2011

SECTION 218 of the Constitution states the esta­blishment of the Ombudsman Commission, among others, is to ensure that all governmental bodies are responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people and to supervise the leadership code.
Given the constitutional crisis, people are asking whether the Ombudsman Commission (OC) is performing its duties.
Four months ago, Mo­robe Governor Luther Wenge called for the commission to be abolished.
During the grievance debate last week, New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan questioned the relevance of the OC as it was silent during the political and constitutional crisis.
Even some concerned officers within the OC have raised serious concerns about the commission.
Can the OC answer these questions for the public’s benefit?
Some rumours and allegations are circulating about the OC and I call on Task Force Sweep to investigate.
We need an independent and bold OC that dares to flex its constitutional muscle, inspire and demonstrate leadership, subject to its resource constraints.
It is very worrying to see increasing public doubt on the independence and integrity of the OC.

Nemo Yalo
Port Moresby