Walters not surprised by IPPR report

13 Dec 2017 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Ombudsman, John Walters is not surprised by the findings of the recently launched Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report, which assessed the actual state of Access to Information in Namibia.
In a telephonic interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Walters said the unresponsiveness of public officials and institutions is not a new phenomenon to him.
“I am not shocked. I deal with this issue every day [and] get complaints continuously,” he said.
Walters further said he wondered as to where the problem is and stressed that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to play a collective role in providing information for public knowledge.
“It is a genuine challenge that I face each day. I don’t know if public officials and institutions are reluctant in providing information,” he added.
Walters said that he will continue taking action by making sure through the right procedures that those denying access to information provide such information to the public and the media.
He further called upon the permanent secretaries, accounting officers and their staff to pass on information so as to ensure accountability.
Nampa earlier this month reported that the findings of the report show that 80 per cent of all organisations and institutions did not respond or could not provide information requested.
The report further showed that out of the 14 regions, only Erongo responded with the requested information within a reasonable time.