Ombudsman, NICE in partnership enhancement interface

Office of the Ombudsman has engaged officers from National Initiative for Civic Education NICE Trust in a day long interface where the latter will be drilled on how best to civic educate the populace on their rights as per the former’s office.

The workshop has been prompted by the large number of the citizenry who ignorantly suffer injustices at the hands of public officers according to the Ombudsman, Martha Chizuma Mwangonde, who was speaking during the opening ceremony of the workshop.

“The Ombudsman’s office has, for the past 22 years of existence, been operating as an industrial court, dealing with labour cases for civil servants leaving out a majority of Malawians who must equally benefit from the office,” pointed out Mwangonde.

She also bemoaned the public’s use of social and mainstream media in raising grievances which otherwise could be amicably addressed by her office which is lawfully mandated.

She has since disclosed plans to also engage media practitioners across the country on the same cause.

In his remarks, NICE Trust Executive Director, Ollen Mwalubunju commended the Ombudsman’s office for the initiative and expressed hope that the interface would among others ensure full access of information by NICE officers from the office of Ombudsman.

He also challenged media to track progress and expose all cases of maladministration and good governance flaws.

The workshop, which is heard at Lilongwe Hotel, has drawn participants from all NICE Trust’s 31 offices and the knowledge gained is expected to be shared to all 80 staff members and 8000 volunteers for dissemination to the populace according to Mwalubunju.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.