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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday urged the country’s ombudsman, Isaque Chande, to ensure an increasingly fluid dialogue between his office and ordinary citizens.
Speaking to reporters in Maputo, after visiting the ombudsman’s office, Nyusi said he had been able to see, up close, how Chande and his team are working.
“Some difficulties were raised which I already knew about”, he said. “But I didn’t come here looking for difficulties, but to praise the work being done by a small, but extremely competent, team”.
Nyusi recognised that the Ombudsman faces a shortage of resources, but pointed out that this is true of many other institutions.
“There are things which should be clear”, he said. “When an institution is created, it has to grow gradually in a solid, firm and competent manner. The foundations are laid, but the working conditions must be improved”.
Nyusi was confident that working conditions in the Ombudsman’s office will be much better next year.
Chande told reporters that Nyusi’s visit was important in that it allowed the President to understand how the office works.
He pointed out that he and his staff have to deal with a wide variety of complaints, , notably land disputes, and protests from citizens who claim that they have been unjustly expelled from the public administration. So far this year, the Ombudsman has received over 400 complaints.
“We interact with the municipalities and with public bodies to facilitate the lives of citizens”, said Chande. “The job of the Ombudsman is to bring the public administration closer to citizens”.
Giving his annual report to the country’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on 31 October, Chande noted that many state bodies are still failing to implement most of the recommendations made by his office.
He said that, of the 32 recommendations made by his office, only ten had been accepted. 21 were not implemented and one was awaiting a reply.Source: AIM
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