“According to Article 82A(3) of the Constitution, the Ombudsman is ‘appointed for a 6-year term and is eligible for re-appointment’. The Constitution and the Act are silent on the number of times the Ombudsman can be re-appointed, which leaves open the possibility of unlimited tenure. The Ombudsman reported that the previous Ombudsman was in office for 27 years.
In order to promote institutional independence, the SCA is of the view that it would be preferable for the term of office to be limited to one (1) re-appointment. The SCA encourages the Ombudsman to advocate for amendments to the Constitution and its enabling law to provide for such limits on the term of office.”