Residents in Rumphi district have been told to report any form of injustice perpetrated by public officials.
Deputy director of research, documentation and civic education in the office of the Ombudsman, Felix Masekesa, said this at Mzokoto in the district during a sensitisation campaign on the role of his office.
“If our offices are far away, you can report the issues to National Initiative for Civic Education [Nice] offices or their representatives near you,” he said.
Masekesa said the office of the Ombudsman is in partnership with Nice to serve people suffering injustice in rural areas.
He said his office is concerned that many people suffer in silence in rural areas, but cannot complain because of distance.
“Our offices are located in cities which is a problem to many people. But we have an obligation to serve everyone regardless of where they are. This is the reason we have partnered with Nice,” said Masekesa.
He appealed to people to report injustice without fear or favour.
Senior Chief Mwankhunikira, who is Nice adviser in the district, described the partnership between Nice and the office of the Ombudsman as a welcome development in stamping out injustices in rural areas. n