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AOMA strives to strengthen Ombudsman Institutions in Africa,”
Friday, 03 April 2015 09:48


Chief Ombudsman of Ethiopia,

President of AOMA Fozia Amin

Republic of Chad Prime Minster Mr. Kazebet Pahimi Deubet  and  African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA) President   Chief Ombudsman  Ethiopian Institution of Ombudsman(EIO)  Fozia Amin     held talk       at the Prime Minister’s Office   about    the role of Ombudsman and mediators  institutions   in  Africa .

AOMA President and Chief Ombudsman of  EIO   Fozia Amin during  her  discussion with     Prime Minster of  Republic of  Chad  Mr. Kazebet Pahimi   said that Ethiopia, as a newly democratizing nation, has displayed a commendable political will  according  with a constitutional provision for the establishment of the National human right Commission and the Ombudsman Institution.

AOMA President and Chief Ombudsman of Ethiopia  also shared  the experiences  of Ethiopia  with the Prime Minster  of Chad  how  the country’s  Constitution    laid  a foundation  for  establishment   and independence  of Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman   from executive organ.

The president  of AOMA explained  about  that the establishment of a national ombudsman institution in Ethiopia is a breakthrough in terms of filling historical gaps and in providing a better and enhancing    of the promotion of good governance and protecting  rights of citizens  per the constitution

“ Institution of the Ombudsman is an independent institution that intervenes free of charge, at the request of citizens .It helps them to solve their disputes with the Regional and Federal administrative authorities and examines their complaints with impartiality,” said  Chief Ombudsman Fozia

Mrs. Fozia Amin with PM of Chad

She underscored that Ethiopian government strives in collaborating with African sisters and brothers including in participating AOMA to build a better and prosperous Africa where peace, stability, security, rule of law, human rights and good governance   shall prevail.


Chief Ombudsman Fozia Amin during her discussion with the Prime Minster she took an opportunity to explain about African Ombudsman and Mediators Association genesis and overall objectives, achievements and challenges.

Along with  the governing bodies  such as General Assembly , Executive Committee and Secretariat ,  AOMA Sub-regions, co-coordinating all activities of the Association within the six sub-regions: Northern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean  with a view   to decentralize  the activities of the Association and sub-regional  cooperation  should  be  further strengthen  and  their    respective  institutions  capacities enhanced  through experience  and knowledge sharing, said   Chief Ombudsman Fozia

Chief  Ombudsman Fozia Amin AOMA  objectives  are encourages the establishment, development and Promotion of African Ombudsman institution Further mutual support ,co-operation and Joint activity through information sharing ,training and development of Ombudsman and staff ,Promotes good governance –including the observance of human rights ,transparency and administrative justice  among others.

She recalled that AOMA-AUC Addis Ababa Declaration encourages that African governments to establish new or   enhancing the capacity of  existing public institutions that promote and support democracy and constitutional order in the continent.

AOMA president appreciated  Chadian government  to organize such big sub-regional forum with a bid to enhance the role  of  Mediator Institutions   so  as  to foster  political stability , peace , rule of law , human rights protection and  curbing maladministration in the region  and she urged  the Chad government  to provide  support  for   Chad’s mediator institution    thereby  the Institution  can be effective   as per  AU-AOMA  joint framework .

Prime Minster Mr. Kazebet Pahimi  during the meeting with AOMA president Chief Fozia Amin  said that Republic of Chad government  has  realized   the role of Mediator Institution it  serves as a vertical accountability mechanism  and bridging the gap  between the populace and the government, allowing members of the public to complain about government administration and have their concerns investigated, assessed and presented to the government as a critical feedback.

Prime Minster   Mr. Kazebet  noted that  the role of Ombudsman or Mediator  institution  has  a paramount  impact  in bridging the gap between community and government     and his government  would  strive  to build full-fledged mediator institution  that  is capable  of  entrenching   good governance  in the country  as well as  contributing peace building efforts in the sub-region.

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Friday, 03 April 2015 07:29

Prime Minster of Republic of Chad Mr.Kalzebet Phaimi Deubet in his keynote  speech on African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA) Central African countries sub-regional meeting  -which is   organized  by Mediator of  Chad   on March 30-31 /2015 in  Chad,  N’Djamena - said that  Ombudsman Institutions can play an important role as ‘communication bridge’ between government and community .

Ombudsman institutions in Africa, in their function as mediators between citizens and governments and play an important role in the promotion of open government, said prime minster KalzebetPhaimi

The prime minster further  said that Ombudsman Institutions, which can be a key vehicle to amplify citizen voice and make government open, inclusive and build governance in Africa.

The prime minster noted thatMediator/Ombudsman institutions, human right commissions and other oversight organizations   should be strengthen so that continental and sub-regions political stability, peace, security, rule of law and good governance further enhanced.

He also urged the central Africa countries should give a due attention to such institutions as they consolidate the ongoing democracy and development endeavors.

African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA) President and Chief Ombudsman of Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman Mrs Fozia Amin on her part said that AOMA is the only Africa-wide body that brings together offices, practitioners and scholars dedicated to advancing the development of ombudsman and related governance institutions in Africa.

Mrs. Fozia Amin


The aim of organizing AOMA in six sub region is to decentralize the activities of the Association and share information and knowledge with a due emphasis to their respective regions. Such structure is believed to enhance the capacity of ombudsman Institutions of Africa as they have almost common problems to tackle together, said the president.

She also noted that AOMA believes that where there are strong and vibrant Ombudsman and Human rights institutions, the public lodges their grievances through legal channels thereby constitutional democracy will be strengthen.

Mediator of Republic of Chad Mr. Bachar Ali Souleymane during his welcoming speech said that AOMA’s Central Africa sub-region meeting would help mediators of the sub-region to impart experiences from different countries particularly from Gabon and Burundi.

Mediator BacharAli also stressed on the importance of such sub regional meeting in enhancing the capacities of mediators to be strong and vibrant in protecting the rights and benefits of  citizens in the region.

Mrs. Nora Ben Yacoub United Nations Special Representative Secretary General of Peace & Security in central Africa on her part said United Nation’s main target is to see conflict free Africa and it will provide all necessary support   to bolster   the sub-region mediators/ombudsman institutions so that they should play their fair share in consolidating peace, stability and security in the region.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 10:13
Ombudsman Institutions Said Decisive for Africa’s Stability
Monday, 01 December 2014 09:37

The first bilateral conference of African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA) and the African Union (AU) took place here in Addis at Headquarters of AU from November 4th -5th of 2014.

Organized by the Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman (EIO) and AOMA in collaboration with the AU, the meeting deliberated intensively on the Role of the Ombudsman in building Democratic, Stable and Prosperous Societies in Africa.

Good Governance, public service performance and socio-political stability, peace and security mechanisms of AU, the Ombudsman’s role in strengthening democratic and transparent electoral process, joining forces for the ratification, domestication, popularization and implementation of the AU legal instruments and the OR Tambo Declaration were the centers of discussions. The deliberators forwarded their remarks on the issue of independency or autonomy of national ombudsman institutions and on means to lift them to their respective constitutional status.

Ethiopian Chief Ombudsman Fozia Amin in her deliverance on the occasion said, it is great opportunity and has a constructive message to Ethiopia in general and to Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman (EIO) in particular to host such historical conference at the Headquarters of AU here in Addis Ababa as Addis is the seat of many international organizations and embassies.

H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, in his opening speech remarked on Ethiopia’s endeavor in the realization of human rights and good governance to ensure the national interest of the entire society. For the implementation of the laws, Ethiopia created local institutions such as judiciary, ombudsman, general auditor, anti-corruption commission and human rights commission so as to engage in comprehensive public service, the president added.

President of the FDRE

H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the AU Commission Chairperson, on her part, recommended the consultation between the AOMA and the AU to rise above the immediate challenges the continent faces. According to her remarks, in order to ensure a liberated Africa and create a better future for coming generation, ombudsman institutions should undoubtedly form balance between the executive and the entire society. As the considerable number of African people comprises the young, it would not be contentious to have ombudsman institutions so as to help invest on this member of the society, she underscored. Agriculture, health and education were part of the agendas obtained due consideration by the AUC Commissioner. On the occasion, president of the international Ombudsman Institute, President of AOMA and other delegates delivered a key note speech.

The 4th General Assembly of the Association also followed on the following days. The Assembly deliberated on different internal matters of the association including the last four years performances, the successes achieved, challenges faced and prospects supposed, and also ratified different resolutions.

Finally, the Assembly also voted on the nominees for the next President, Vice presidents and the General Secretary of the Executive Committee where Chief Ombudsman of Ethiopia Mrs. Fozia Amin was elected for the presidential seat

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 11:18
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