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Tuvalu appoints first Chief Ombudsman
09:43 am GMT+12, 12/08/2014, Tuvalu

Good governance is being put to action in Tuvalu with the appointment of the first Chief Ombudsman this month.
 
Sa’aga Talu Teafa, Permanent Secretary in the Public Utilities Ministry has been appointed first Chief Ombudsman for Tuvalu and will take up this post on the first of October 2014.
 
The appointment is for five years and carries a salary equal to that of a Cabinet minister’s basic salary minus the Cabinet minister’s statutory allowances.
 
Fenui gathered that the Chief Ombudsman was appointed by the Governor General in accordance with the advice of a selection committee including the Prime Minister as chairperson.
 
This appointment has been long awaited for especially after the Leadership Code Act came to being years ago. Information from the Attorney General’s office stated that the delay stemmed from a lack of budget to finance the office.
 
Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga expressed gratitude that the Leadership Code can finally be implemented.

He said that the Government of the Day wished for good governance to be successfully executed and part of that is appointing a Chief Ombudsman to implement the Leadership Code.

Prime Minister Sopoaga congratulated the Chief Ombudsman for the new appointment, adding that it is his hope that his work will be done in accordance with the Leadership Code.
 
Attorney General Eselealofa Apinelu stated that the leadership Code can be implemented successfully. It stands as a constant reminder to leaders of their roles.
 
“If leadership roles are executed in accordance with the Leadership Code they would eliminate or greatly discourage the possibility of corruption practices amongst leaders.”
 
She further said, “The Code can be better implemented if all appropriate bodies carry out their roles efficiently:the judiciary should be prepared to hear such cases; legal services (Attorney General’s and People’s lawyer’s offices) should be ready to advise the public.  
 
The Attorney General’s Office should also be ready to prosecute offenses against the Leadership Code Act as well as breaches of the Penal Code; while the police should efficiently carry out the investigations.
 
Attorney General said that all these bodies should have the right number of staff with the right capacity and the right office accommodation and office equipment in place to be able to efficiently use the Code to safeguard leaders’ actions.


SOURCE: FENUI NEWS/PACNEWS


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