Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ombudsman Seeks More Prosecutorial Powers

The Office of the Ombudsman says it will be able to fight corruption and unfair treatment better if parliament passes a bill currently before it to give the office powers and capacity to prosecute suspects.
The bill was recently passed by cabinet and is now before parliament where legislators are supposed to debate and either pass it into law or return it to cabinet for amendment.
According to Tito Rutaremara, the Ombudsman, once this law is passed, they will be able to handle cases they can not otherwise handle today.
Currently the Office of the Ombudsman is tasked with addressing and investigating cases of corruption and unfair treatment but has been criticized for being toothless where wrongdoers are at times let scot-free.

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