21 Mar 2017

Tonga finally has Ombudsman

From , 6:02 am on 21 March 2017

Tonga can finally say it has an Ombudsman after years of legislative preparation.

In 2014 former Justice Minister and Attorney-General, 'Aisea Taumoepeau, was appointed Commissioner for Public Relations to oversee good governance.

Last December legislative changes were made to transform Mr Taumoepeau into the country's first Ombudsman.

Under the laws his office, which was officially launched this month, can investigate government administration, either initiated by public complaint or by his own volition.

He told Koro Vaka'uta about the changes.

Tonga's Ombudsman 'Aisea Taumoepeau

Tonga's Ombudsman 'Aisea Taumoepeau Photo: Ombudsman office