Justice in Limbo: Ombudsman Offices Sealed

Justice in Limbo: Ombudsman Offices Sealed

  • Spent Whole of 2019 Without Paying
  • Settled Half Arrears in January

For hundreds of Malawians awaiting adjudication on cases presented before the Office of the Ombudsman, justice will slightly delay as the offices where their case are kept have been sealed off due to failure to settle rentals by government.

Ombudsman Martha Chizuma confirmed yesterday evening that, as at 6th January when they resumed business for the year, government owed the landlord rentals for the whole of last year.

“We went to (ministry of) Lands to settle and they only managed to settle for 6 months. The landlord gave the ministry a few more days to pay the balance which I am told they did not. That’s when today (Tuesday) around 5.30 they came to seal the office,” she told iHubOnline.

She could not confirm the amount owed, referring us to the Ministry of Lands.

Ombudsman Chizuma: Offices Sealed

Ministry of Lands officials are yet to comment.

However, Chizuma has lamented that closure of the headquarters will likely affect many people in search of justice.

“That office is more like a hospital. You have people walking in to lodge complaints and to get updates on their case. People are calling all the time about their cases. It means for now all that’s all suspended,” she added.

Meanwhile, Chizuma says services in Blantyre, Balaka and Mzuzu remain accessible except for those requiring input from headquarters.

Justice Suspended

The Office of the Ombudsman is established by Section 123 of the Constitution to provide alternative remedies for victims of various forms of injustices.

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