Ombudsman-Portrait

John R. Walters
Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman of Namibia promotes and protect human rights, fair and effective administration, combat misappropriation or misuse of public resources and protect the environment and natural resources of Namibia through the independent and impartial investigation and resolution of complaints and through raising public awareness.

This web presence serves to provide access to information and a means of providing contact details for the various branch offices. The annual reports as well as special reports are available for download in various formats. There is also a library containing the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia. First for Namibia the constitution is now also available in audio format. The audio edition is is playable online and is professionally read.

News

Ombudsman celebrates 30 years of the Namibian Constitution


The 9th of February 2020 marked 30 years since the adoption of the Namibian Constitution. This year’s anniversary is all the more special as it coincides with the country’s 30th independence anniversary to be observed on 21 March. The Ombudsman celebrated Constitution Day across six different regions, with the main event held at the Dawid Bezuidenhout High School Windhoek. Celebrations followed in Southern Namibia, at the Suiderlug High School in Keetmanshoop. Otjiwarongo Secondary School, Gabriel Taapopi Secondary School, ST Kizito College and Coastal High School in Swakopmund all hosted grade 12 learners from different schools in their respective regions to commemorate the event. The event was celebrated with grade 12 learners in order to create awareness about the constitution amongst the young people, who will soon be navigating the world as young adults.
Members of the founding Constituent Assembly addressed the learners across the regions and reiterated the importance of taking pride in the constitution and that each and every right enshrined in the Constitution comes with a responsibility from them, as citizens. The Ombudsman reiterated the sentiments stating that citizens lack a sense of pride in the constitution. And that they are responsible for fulfilling many of the rights enshrined in the constitution.
Learners participated in a poem competition with the theme, what the Constitution means to me. Learners submitted well written thought- provoking poems and walked away with exciting prizes.

Ombudsman to conduct public hearings on Albinism

The Ombudsman will be conducting formal hearings on discrimination against persons with albinism, customary practices and myths associated with persons with albinism, violence against persons with albinism and other challenges faced by them. The Ombudsman also invites proposals on how the issues could be addressed, either in new legislation or amending existing legislation or through any other appropriate means.
The public is herewith requested to participate in this important venture by making written presentations on the matter and submit it to the Ombudsman, through any of the following means:
• email to: office@ombudsman.org.na
• post to Private Bag 13211, Windhoek
• deliver in person to Office of the Ombudsman, cnr of Feld and Lossen Streets, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek
Or to attend the public hearings at the following places and make oral submissions:
29 July – Oshakati State Hospital from 09h00-13h00
30 July 2019- Eenhana State Hospital from 09h00-13h00
31 July 2019- Okongo District Hospital from 09h00-13h00
1 August 2019- Rundu state hospital from 09h00-13h00
5 August 2019- Windhoek- Disability Resource Centre, Okuryangava, Katutura from 09h00-13h00