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
(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 National
Assembly 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.