The Namibian Parliament has failed the Office of the Ombudsman as its last authority of enforcement: John Walters

Advocate John Walters declared that the Namibian Parliament has failed the Office of the Ombudsman as its last authority of enforcement.

In an interview with Nampa yesterday, the Ombudsman stated that the Parliament does not do his office justice in any way, from enquiring whether the allocated budget will suffice for his office to fully execute their duties, to following up if the recommendations of his reports were enforced.

He rhetorically asked whether when his budget was presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah), anyone of the opposition, especially [official opposition party leader McHenry Venaani] or anyone asked if that money was enough for the Ombudsman to execute his duties effectively, noting that nobody asked this in the past 15 years.

Walters added that he has sent 14 annual reports to Parliament but no Member of Parliament has held him accountable for the content or bothered to discuss it.

Last year, Walters threatened Land Reform Minister UtoniNujoma with legal action when dragged his heels on producing the master list of beneficiaries of the land resettlement programme, with Walters adding in the interview that no one in Parliament from the opposition parties ever asked the minister why he was not adhering to the Ombudsman's request for the list of beneficiaries.

Source: Namibia Press Agency