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Jun 25, 1999

P.M. defends Ombudsman appointee

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Before they were elected to office almost a year ago, the People’s United Party pledged to appoint an Ombudsman to investigate complaints from citizens who felt they were being abused or wronged by government ministries, town boards or police. At today’s meeting of the House of Representatives the government put forth their choice for the job: Paul Rodriguez. The Prime Minister Said Musa says his experience as a member of both political parties and as chairman of the Police Complaints Board will help him in the new role. He says an Ombudsman needs to be in touch with the needs of people from all walks of life.

Said Musa, Prime Minister

“The kind of Ombudsman we want is somebody who can relate to the little people, somebody who can be concerned about the complaints that people have on a day to day basis where they cannot get addressed from any government department, where they are deprived of services they are entitled to or where wrongdoing is being committed and nothing is being done about it.

It calls for someone who is interested in pursuing fairly and honestly a complaint that might appear to others as a small matter, but that actually means a lot to a member of the public. It calls, Madam Speaker, for a tenacious individual who will fearlessly and impartially navigate democracy in pursuit of fair play and honest provision of services.”

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