Solomon Islands has a new Ombudsman.
He is Mr Frederick Leve Fakarii, who took his oath of office and allegiance before the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui at the Government House today.
The appointment was made by the Governor General in pursuant to Section 96 of the Constitution, by acting in accordance with the advice of the committee consisting of the Speak of Parliament, Chairman of the Public Service Commission and Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission.
The duties of the Ombudsman are specified in Sections 97 and 98 of the Solomon Islands Constitution as read with the Ombudsman [Further Provisions] Act 1980.
The main functions of the Ombudsman are to:
• Enquire into the conduct of any person to whom the constitutional section applies in the exercise of his/her office or authority or abuse thereof;
• Assist in the improvement of the practices and procedures of Public Bodies; and
• Ensure the elimination of arbitrary and unjust decisions.
The persons as specified under section 97(3) of the Constitution includes, members of the public service, the Police Force, the Prisons Service, the Government of Honiara City, provincial governments, and such other offices, commissions, corporate bodies or public agencies as may be prescribed by Parliament, provided that it shall not apply to the Governor General or his personal staff or to the Director of Public Prosecutions or any person acting in accordance with his instructions.
Mr Fakarii’s appointment is for a five year period. Mr Fakarii had been a long-serving Public Servant. He served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury before leaving the Public Service in 2015.
Mr Fakarii replaces Mr Joe Poraiwai who held the position for two terms.