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Title:Is the Institution of the Ombudsman Applicable to Africa? Legislation and First Results
Author:Jacomy-Millette, Anne M.
Year:1974
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Volume:8
Issue:1
Pages:145-153
Language:English
Geographic terms:Sudan
Tanzania
Ghana
Mauritius
Africa
Subjects:ombudsman
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/483879
Abstract:In Africa, four countries - Tanzania, Ghana, Mauritius, the Sudan - have made attempts to adopt the institution of the Ombudsman either by amendments to their constitution or by specific Acts or delegated legislation. The Central Bureau for Public Control Act, 1970 of the Sudan, was repealed in August 1971. At the present time, according to the dates available mainly with regard to Tanzania, it does appear that in Africa no clear answer is given to the applicability of the system of the Scandinavian ombudsman's institution. In the four relevant African countries, the office is an adjunct to the executive power, presidency or military junta. It is definitively not an adjunct to the legislature. Undoubtedly, the Western model is not transplanted with its main characteristics. But a new institution is emerging which could finally serve the same purpose, individual protection against discretionary powers and all sorts of injustices, and follow a different pattern, a truly African one, tentatively on the Tanzanian model. Ref., French summary.
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