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Ombudsman welcomes complaints

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Ombudsman Joe Porowai is appealing to the public to report cases of malpractices to his office.

Speaking to the Sunday Star in an exclusive interview, Porowai explained his office was mandated to investigate malpractice in public offices.

 “I want to let the public know that my office is ready to receive reports of malpractices in public offices.”

He said his office only deals with cases of public officers.

Porowai said it’s important cases of malpractices are reported so that they could be tracked down and those found guilty dealt with.

“It’s important to ensure public officers uphold good governance, transparency and accountability.”

The Ombudsman said they received logging related complaints but have to refer them to the appropriate body.

 “We don’t refer cases to courts but only advice people how they should take on legal actions,” he said.

Porowai explained his office is opened to the public.

“Any complaints relating to conduct of public officials will always be investigated,” he said.

By Elliot Dawea