“According to Section 7 of the Ombudsman Law, the Ombudsman serves a five-year term. The Law is silent on the number of times the Ombudsman can be re-appointed, which leaves open the possibility of unlimited tenure. 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 its enabling law to provide for such limits on the term of office.”