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Ombudsman's office registers high number of good governance offences in 2015

Dili Weekly - January 11, 2016

Venidora Oliveira – The Deputy Human Rights and Justice Ombudsman (PDHJ) Jesuina Gomes said in 2015 cases amounting to good governance offences registered higher than other types of violations.

She said that in 2015 PDHJ registered 0 cases of good governance violations, even though this was lover that the cases registered in 2014 amounting to 153 cases.

"Of the 90 cases; we were able to investigate over 40 cases which we will then forward to the relevant authorities," added Deputy PDHJ Gomes in Dili.

She explained, the types of violations amounting to good governance violations include maladministration, the abuse of power, illegal offences and incompetence.

"Mal administration occurs when procedures are not followed; resulting is poor public service delivery. Abuses of power include using one's power for personal interest; for example using the work car. Illegal offences are those where a law has been broken," she explained.

Member of the National Parliament Albina Marcal the data presented speaks about the types of violations that are taking place within the different ministries and other state institutions.

"PDHJ should warn them about their poor actions and how they can change," said MP Marcal.

She urged also PDHJ to monitor the progress across ministries and other state institutions to determine how they has been implementing PDHJ's recommendation and their progress.

Source: http://www.thediliweekly.com/en/news/capital/13413-ombudsman-s-office-registers-high-number-of-good-governance-offences-in-2015