The position of the office of the Ombudsman is an official who
holds the power to investigate allegations of maladministration,
mismanagement, corruption, discrimination and deal with human
rights and protection of fundamental freedoms of the citizenry.
There is only one Ombudsman in the entire country; his office
is located on Atlantic Road, across from the
tourist craft market.
Authority & Scope:
The Constitution of the Second Republic of The Gambia, which came
into force on January 1997, made provision for the setting up
of an Ombudsman.
"Chapter X: The Ombudsman
163. National Assembly to establish office of the Ombudsman
(1) Subject to the provisions of this chapter, in the exercise
of his or her functions, the Ombudsman and a deputy Ombudsman
shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other
person or authority but subject only to the Constitution and the
(2) All departments, authorities and other public bodies which
are subject to investigation by the Ombudsman shall accord such
assistance as he or she may require for the protection of the
independence, dignity and effectiveness of the Ombudsman in the
performance of his or her functions."
In May 1999, the President appointed the Gambia's first Government
ombudsman as required in the Constitution. On May 3, 1999, the
formerly approved the appointment.
The first person to hold the post was Mr. Sam Sarr.
On the 27th February, 2002, Mr. Sarr handed over the office's
first Report to the President of the Republic, Dr. Alhaji Yahya
A.J.J. Jammeh. The report contained over 105 cases of which 80%
have been investigated and completed.