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May 17, 2021
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Ombudsman Commission Cautions Leaders On Office Misconduct

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With the recent turn of events in the political arena, the Ombudsman Commission is now cautioning leaders to be mindful of their conduct.

In a statement released this afternoon, the watchdog said recent changes had caused doubt, fear and suspicion, both domestically and internationally.

 

The Commission says they are duty-bound to scrutinize actions of leaders under the Leadership Code.

 

The watchdog says it is extremely concerned with the recent turn of events, particularly the violation of a court order, the disbanding of Task Force Sweep team, the appointing of acting Police Commissioner, decommissioning of Kerenga Kua and the suspension of Police investigator Thomas Eluh and Deputy Commissioner Simon Kauba.

 

Ombudsman says many are now questioning whether all these actions are legitimate and whether due process was followed in the appointment of the Acting Commissioner.

 

Questions rise as to who initiated it, the criteria applied and whether the acting commissioner took an Oath of Office.

 

 Court actions taken by certain individuals have also been noted.

 

It said nothing will prevent the Ombudsman Commission from referring leaders for prosecution in a leadership tribunal if leaders are found to be guilty of misconduct in office.

 

The OC is now advising leaders to exercise caution, remain hesitant and restrain from such actions as these could lead to investigations by the watchdog.

 

The Ombudsman Commission is now cautioning leaders not to breach their leadership code responsibilities in order to avoid being prosecuted in a leadership tribunal.

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