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Gambia has a new Ombudsman

2020/05/20 10:00:01 PM

The new Ombudsman of Gambia is Mr. Bakary Sanyang, former governor of West Coast Region appointed by President Barrow on Apr 7, 2020 and approved by the National Assembly on the 19th of May 2020 to replace Mrs. Fatou Njie-Jallow who was the Ombudsman since 2014.


The role of the Office of the Ombudsman is to ensure fair and good administration and respect for human rights in government departments, and other public bodies. It serves as a safety net, as an early warning system and a catalyst of change. It ensures that no unfair practices hide in the shadows as the office monitors the progress of complaints. The Ombudsman also ensures administrative justice and observance of human rights by responding to complaints that public authorities have not acted lawfully, fairly and reasonably and by improving the standard of public administration by identifying causes of problems and making recommendations for changes to procedures, practices and policies to prevent similar problems occurring. This contributes to the quality of public confidence in government. The Ombudsman therefore sees its Mission as to promote good governance through the elimination of corruption, removal of mismanagement and abuse of power in public offices. The services of the Ombudsman are free - of – Charge

The first Ombudsman was appointed in May 1999 by the President as required in the Constitution. On May 3, 1999, the National Assembly formerly approved the appointment. The first person to hold the post was Mr. Sam Sarr.

Office of the Ombudsman Gambia / @Ombudsmangambia / Tel: +220 44 949 76 / 99 66 104 / 99 56 676 Fax: +220 44 94 606 / E-Mail:

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