The Presidents of the Parliament of Equatorial Guinea, Teresa Efua Asangono, of the Senate, and Gaudencio Mohaba Mesu, of the Chamber of Deputies, led, in the presence of members of the tables and boards of spokesmen of both institutions, the taking of office by Marcelino Nguema Onguene as Ombudsman of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Marcelino Nguema Onguene was appointed Ombudsman by presidential decree in November 2014, and was sworn in by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo during the closing ceremony of the second regular session of Parliament last year.
The new Ombudsman thanked the Head of State, and those who until recently were his fellow parliamentarians, for the trust placed in him and the historical opportunity to lead a constitutional institution like the Ombudsman.
He also emphasized that although the task was complex and new, in the absence of precedents in our country of a similar body, if good use is made of the prerogatives provided in the Basic Law and the Organic Law governing the Ombudsman, and with the support and guidance of H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the Equatorial Guinean Parliament will work to ensure that the High Commissioner will achieve its objectives in carrying out its duties. He also pledged to spare no effort in carrying out the work he and his team are called to perform, based on the legal instruments governing the institution and its progressive development, and become worthy of the trust placed in them.
In his congratulatory motion, Gaudencio Mohaba Mesu said that today is a great day for the people of Equatorial Guinea due to the successful election of Nguema Onguene as their advocate, and stated that there is no person better prepared in our country to hold this responsibility. He also expressed the commitment of the institution he presides to take on the responsibility and obligation to support him in his work, taking the necessary steps so that this new figure can respond with guarantees to the people, and reported that the provisional headquarters of the institution he represents will be located in the building of the Chamber of Deputies, in Bata.
For her part, the President of the Senate said that although the figure of the Ombudsman is new in the African constitutionalism, in our country it appeared for the first time in 2011, after the Constitutional Referendum. In other regions, such as Spain (1978), Colombia (1991) and Argentina (1994), it was created to meet the needs of the realities of these countries, as Efua Asangono said, this new office should ensure that the constitutional principle of equality is enforced on the actions that may be incurred by public authorities on the rights and freedoms of citizens.
Moreover, the President of the Senate stressed that laws are created to ensure the development of a country, its constitutional guarantees, and for people to participate in this prosperity, without it the rights contained in the mother law are not guaranteed, so the figure of the High Commissioner of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies is essential to ensure these guarantees.
Efua Asangono ended her speech by expressing the hope that the Ombudsman periodically inform the Senate about his actions, and maintain the autonomy conferred by the laws in the exercise of its functions.
Text: Senate Press Office
Photos: Miguel Angel Andjimi (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office