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Government Urged to Expand Anti-Corruption Laws
Source: edition.myjoyonline.com
Source Date: Monday, October 17, 2011
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Ghana
Created: Oct 17, 2011

The second national integrity conference ended in Accra last Friday, with a call on the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to consider an amendment to the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act29) to enhance national-efforts at fighting corruption.

Participants said the widening of corruption laws in the country in conformity with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the African Union (AU) Convention would go a long way in helping the campaign against corruption.

The two conventions, they said, were ratified by Parliament on October 31,2003.

The call was contained in a 41-point communique issued at the end of the three-day conference which was opened by the Vice-President, Mr John Dramani Mahama.

Presentations were made by participants from Malaysia, Sierra Leone and Botswana at the conference, which was organised by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), with the support of DANIDA, for countries to share best practices in anti-corruption efforts and robust integrity systems in the regions.

The communique expressed concern that subsidiary legislation for some anti-corruption laws had not been made and proposed an independent public prosecutor to be appointed to prosecute corruption cases in the country.

Validating a new National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), the participants underscored the need for a national integrity programme under the NACAP.

They also said high ethical standards were needed in public life to reduce the opportunity for corruption and enhance the principles of probity, transparency anti accountability.

They recommended to Parliament to adopt the NACAP and pass all outstanding anti-corruption bills and legislative instruments, particularly the Freedom of Information. Bill, and appealed to the government to resource constitutional agencies such as CHRAJ to enable them to effectively fulfill their mandate.
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