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The term of the second Burundian Ombudsman is coming to an end


Oct 17, 2022

BUJUMBURA October 17th (ABP) – The Bureau of the National Assembly launched on Friday, October 14, 2022, a call for applications of candidates for the post of the third Ombudsman of the Republic of Burundi.

In that notice of call for candidates, that Bureau describes the missions incumbent on the ombudsman, the duration of the term, the incompatibilities with the function of the ombudsman and the conditions required for that position.

Regarding his missions, the ombudsman is called upon, among other things, to examine complaints and conduct investigations concerning mismanagement and human rights violations committed by civil servants, the judiciary, local authorities, public institutions and any other body vested with a public service mission.

He makes recommendations on this subject to the competent authorities, ensures the mediation between the administration and the citizens.  At the request of the President of the Republic, he carries out special missions of rapprochement and reconciliation on general issues concerning relations with the political and social forces. Still at the request of the President of the Republic, he carries out specific missions relating to issues of reconciliation and peace at the regional or international level and plays the role of observatory with regard to the functioning of the public administration.

With regard to the duration of the term, it is specified that the ombudsman is appointed for a non-renewable period of 6 years. When in

office, the ombudsman may not exercise the function of magistrate, notary or bailiff, the profession of lawyer, a public mandate conferred by election, a paid job in the public services, another public or private function or any private professional activity, in particular consultancy work or any employment in a private company.

To compete for the position, the candidate must be of Burundian nationality, be of irreproachable conduct and enjoy civil and political rights, hold at least a university level diploma, be at least 40 years old at the date of appointment and to have useful professional experience of at least 15 years, either in the legal, administrative, political or social field, or in another field useful to the exercise of the function. It is worthy to note that the current Ombudsman ends his term on November 22, 2022.