The subject of an Ombudsmen was in discussion last week.
Apparently in a meeting of all Dutch Caribbean islands’ Ombudsmen, the absence of one from Aruba was glaring and embarrassing.
Kingdom representatives were quick to ask, where is the Aruban Ombudsmen?
Where is that official appointed to investigate individuals’ complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authorities?
Then it became clear we have none, while as an enlightened country we should have one, help the little guy fight against the crazy system.
The word ombudsmen is derived from the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish languages and it essentially means representative. The Ombudsmen is part of Nordic culture since the 13th century, but the Chinese had a prototype defender since the 3rd century.
It is good to know that the service of the independent and impartial Ombudsmen is free, and that his/her decisions are final and binding.
Who will be our fair and politically-neutral Ombudsmen?
Preferably a lawyer or judge, 40+.
The position was promised and the finances approved, GOA must move to fulfil it.
Goa must also move on another promise, the law on financing political parties, we want to see limits set, and the veil on Campaign Contributions lifted. Transparency by law. You promised. GOA must move to fulfill it.
I hate to sound like a nag
Yesterday I drove under the new Hato overpass, from below, from the Aloe fields to Paradijs. The construction looks like hell. Ok, it’s safe, it’s working, but it looks like third world, slum construction.
We are a Dutch island and we’re used to certain building standards. It would have looked differently under the direction of ALBO Aruba NV or Van Kessel Havenbouw NV.
I will post some pictures and perhaps one of you, perhaps even the Project Manager Joao Paulo Soares, and Joao Campos Forte, both with MOTA – Engil Aruba, could explain to us what we are looking at, and what was delivered for 400 million florins.