It was South African freedom hero and former president, the late great Nelson Mandela, who once said: “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” As the Public Protector of South African and the President of the African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA), Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane wishes a happy Africa Day, a day which is commemorated in honour of the creation of the African Union’s (AU) forerunner, the Organisation of African Unity, which was founded on 25 May, 57 years ago. The idea at the time was to establish guidelines for and to facilitate strong relationships between independent African States.
The day has since been repurposed into a Pan African Vision of working towards “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa” and the contribution of African Ombudsman the contribution of the African Ombudsman towards this goal through the protection of people in each country against the violation of human rights, abuse of power, unfair decisions and maladministration must also be acknowledge.
The vision for AOMA, which has now 44 member institutions, including 4 sector-specific Ombudsman, is to advance the development of the Ombudsman institution for the furtherance of good governance, the rule of law, and human rights in Africa.
To read the full statement of AOMA President Mkhwebane on the occasion of Africa Day 2020, please see the document further down below.
Source: African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA)