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MLS demands urgency on Ombudsman appointment

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) is demanding expedition of the process of appointing an Ombudsman insisting that vulnerable people seeking justice are now helpless.

The portfolio fell vacant 2 months ago following the resignation of Martha Chizuma who since took up a new role as Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Currently, the law does not provide for an individual to hold the position in an acting capacity or deputy.

The Office of the Ombudsman is a public body established to investigate any and all cases where it is alleged that a person has suffered injustices and it does not appear that there is any remedy reasonably available by way of appeal from court or where there is no other practicable remedy.

MLS President Patrick Mpaka, insists that the process to change the law is lengthy, hence the need to hasten the appointment.

Joyce Chitsulo Chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Appointments Committee (PAC) says the position will be filled in August;

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