- Commenced on 12 July 1996
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2014.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated in the Fifth Revised Edition of the Laws of Malawi (L.R.O. 1/2018), by the Solicitor General and Secretary for Justice under the authority of the Revision of the Laws Act.]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Ombudsman Act.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—“organ of Government” includes the State, and any local authority, board, commission, committee, corporation, body or institution established or instituted by or under any written law.“Public Appointments Committee” means the Public Appointments Committee established under section 56 (7) of the Constitution.
Part II – Appointment of Ombudsman and staff
3. Terms and conditions of appointment of the OmbudsmanThe appointment of the Ombudsman under section 122 of the Constitution shall be on terms and conditions to be determined by the Public Appointments Committee.
4. Staff of the OmbudsmanThe Ombudsman shall in the performance of his functions under this Act be assisted by staff appointed by him for that purpose on terms and conditions to be determined by agreement with such staff.
Part III – Duties and functions of the Ombudsman
5. Duties and functions of the Ombudsman
6. Powers of the Ombudsman
7. Laying of complaints, etc
Part IV – Miscellaneous
9. Reports of the Ombudsman
10. Preservation of secrecyThe Ombudsman and every other person employed or previously employed in carrying out the provisions of this Act shall—
11. Limitation of liabilityThe Ombudsman or any member of staff of the Ombudsman shall not be liable in respect of anything done or performed in good faith under this Act.
12. Expenditure in connexion with functions of the OmbudsmanThe expenditure in connexion with the office of the Ombudsman and the exercise of his power and the performance of his duties and functions shall be paid from moneys appropriated by Parliament for that purpose.
13. Offences and penaltiesAny person who—
14. RulesThe Ombudsman may make rules prescribing matters required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed, or necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act
History of this document
31 December 2014 this version
12 July 1996