Chief Ombudsman of Ethiopia,
President of AOMA Fozia Amin
Republic of Chad Prime Minster Mr. Kazebet Pahimi Deubet and African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA) President Chief Ombudsman Ethiopian Institution of Ombudsman(EIO) Fozia Amin held talk at the Prime Minister’s Office about the role of Ombudsman and mediators institutions in Africa .
AOMA President and Chief Ombudsman of EIO Fozia Amin during her discussion with Prime Minster of Republic of Chad Mr. Kazebet Pahimi said that Ethiopia, as a newly democratizing nation, has displayed a commendable political will according with a constitutional provision for the establishment of the National human right Commission and the Ombudsman Institution.
AOMA President and Chief Ombudsman of Ethiopia also shared the experiences of Ethiopia with the Prime Minster of Chad how the country’s Constitution laid a foundation for establishment and independence of Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman from executive organ.
The president of AOMA explained about that the establishment of a national ombudsman institution in Ethiopia is a breakthrough in terms of filling historical gaps and in providing a better and enhancing of the promotion of good governance and protecting rights of citizens per the constitution
“ Institution of the Ombudsman is an independent institution that intervenes free of charge, at the request of citizens .It helps them to solve their disputes with the Regional and Federal administrative authorities and examines their complaints with impartiality,” said Chief Ombudsman Fozia
She underscored that Ethiopian government strives in collaborating with African sisters and brothers including in participating AOMA to build a better and prosperous Africa where peace, stability, security, rule of law, human rights and good governance shall prevail.
Chief Ombudsman Fozia Amin during her discussion with the Prime Minster she took an opportunity to explain about African Ombudsman and Mediators Association genesis and overall objectives, achievements and challenges.
Along with the governing bodies such as General Assembly , Executive Committee and Secretariat , AOMA Sub-regions, co-coordinating all activities of the Association within the six sub-regions: Northern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean with a view to decentralize the activities of the Association and sub-regional cooperation should be further strengthen and their respective institutions capacities enhanced through experience and knowledge sharing, said Chief Ombudsman Fozia
Chief Ombudsman Fozia Amin AOMA objectives are encourages the establishment, development and Promotion of African Ombudsman institution Further mutual support ,co-operation and Joint activity through information sharing ,training and development of Ombudsman and staff ,Promotes good governance –including the observance of human rights ,transparency and administrative justice among others.
She recalled that AOMA-AUC Addis Ababa Declaration encourages that African governments to establish new or enhancing the capacity of existing public institutions that promote and support democracy and constitutional order in the continent.
AOMA president appreciated Chadian government to organize such big sub-regional forum with a bid to enhance the role of Mediator Institutions so as to foster political stability , peace , rule of law , human rights protection and curbing maladministration in the region and she urged the Chad government to provide support for Chad’s mediator institution thereby the Institution can be effective as per AU-AOMA joint framework .
Prime Minster Mr. Kazebet Pahimi during the meeting with AOMA president Chief Fozia Amin said that Republic of Chad government has realized the role of Mediator Institution it serves as a vertical accountability mechanism and bridging the gap between the populace and the government, allowing members of the public to complain about government administration and have their concerns investigated, assessed and presented to the government as a critical feedback.
Prime Minster Mr. Kazebet noted that the role of Ombudsman or Mediator institution has a paramount impact in bridging the gap between community and government and his government would strive to build full-fledged mediator institution that is capable of entrenching good governance in the country as well as contributing peace building efforts in the sub-region.