Malawi’s Ombudsman, Martha Chizuma-Mwangonde is now one of the three regional directors for Africa for the global International Ombudsman Institute (IOI).
The 190 member IOI, which is headquartered in Vienna, Austria was formed in 1978 with the mandate to investigate incidences of injustices occasioned by maladministration.
Following her election she automatically became a board member IOI and joins some board members from Asia, Australia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and North America.
The other two directors, also elected at the 11th World International Ombudsman Conference held the in Thai Capital Bangkok, are Caroline Sokoni from Zambia and another one from Ivory Coast. The trio will hold office for four years subject to re- election.
“Well its a great honour for me personally, the office of ombudsman and Malawi. We will be able to influence agenda at such high level in as far as issues of governance, rule of law are concerned. Its a great forum for us also to learn and try to influence some areas where we are lacking on governance issues in the country. All in all this is great,” Mwangonde told Nyasa Times.
With over a year now on the job, Chizuma-Mwangonde, the youngest Ombudsman in the history of the office, seem to be steering the office towards issues of systemic investigations and maladministration in public institutions.
Accoridng to Mwangonde, the ultimate vision for Ombudsman from now up to 2021 is to have a Malawi free of maladministration.
“My office will among other things be policing all forms of bad administration in the country, rectifying and remedying of all forms of injustices occasioned to Malawians by various government bodies and set standards for provision of services,” Mwangonde is on record saying.