Presentation of Ombudsman’s annual report

On 24th October, under the presidency of Teresa Efua Asangono, the plenary session of the Senate received the Ombudsman, Marcelino Nguema Onguene, which appeared before the Upper Chamber to present the annual report covering actions taken by the institution in 2017.

The report includes a general summary of activities carried out by the institution, and details on the execution and spending of the 2017 budget.

In the presence of the First and Second Vice-Presidents of the Senate, A�ngel Serafin Seriche Dougan Malabo and Agustin Nze Nfumu, among other members of the table, Marcelino Nguema Onguene provided details of the files dealt with during the 2017 period, highlighting claims for the payment of compensation for contract termination, the lack of procedural urgency in the handling of files in the administration of justice, the lack of judicial sentences, legal insecurity over the ownership of real estate, land disputes, abuse of authority, separation of marriages and conflicts related to the recognition of paternity regarding children, reports against the behaviour of officials in their posts, and cases of impunity, a feeling of defencelessness or impotence.

This annual summary also includes cases against female adults, adolescents and girls, murders, armed robbery, traffic offences, fires in houses, abuse through alcohol and drugs, cases which, in addition to being treated with special attention by the Ombudsman, have moved the institution to raise awareness and educate the population and authorities in order to adapt behaviour to the demands of a changing society, in accordance with the progressive evolution experienced by our country.

Furthermore, he recognised the huge effort, mastery and leadership shown by the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and the successes achieved in keeping the peace, harmony, calm and governability throughout national territory, which has allowed an improvement in living conditions and social welfare for Equatoguineans.

Following the reading of the report, the senators, in addition to describing it as excellent and complete, praised the socio-cultural diagnosis presented as a true reflection of the problems present in our country, and the parliamentarians declared their collaboration and willingness to consider the two institutions working closely together, in addition to establishing fluid communication which will allow solutions to be obtained to the concerns raised in the country, such as the lack of consideration and social discrimination against women, and the stereotypes that allow a patriarchal society.

The President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, spoke in the same terms, when she called for the proposed Regulatory Law on Violence against Women, and the draft of the family code, as possible tools to stop the abuses trapping women.

The plenary session also served as an opportunity to debate various administrative aspects in order to improve the services provided by the institution.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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