26.9 C
Accra
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Parliament passes Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill to make corruption felony

Must Read

CHARJ: Stakeholders discuss Amendment Bill on preventing torture

By Justine Mensah A stakeholder engagement to amend Act 485, which establishes the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice,...

Your Business Activities could worsen Climate Change- EPA Ghana Boss

By Oforiwa Darko Business activities could possibly cause direct environmental impact when carried out within host communities and indirect environmental...

New ways of power generation take center stage at 2022 Women in Energy Conference in Accra

By Dominic Hlodzi and Mabel Annang For a successful clean energy transition, gender diversity and the broad participation of women...

Parliament has passed the Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill 2020, categorising the offence of corruption as a felony.

The move is to introduce stiffer punishment to deter public officers from engaging in corrupt practices. Following the amendment, subject to presidential assent, a person found guilty of engaging in any form of corrupt act could go to jail between for not less than 12 years and not more than 25 years.

Under the parent Act, the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, (Act 29), corruption is a misdemeanour and the associated punishment – a jail term of between two and five years according to the sponsor of the bill, the Ministry of Justice, does not deter people enough.

At the third reading of the Amendment Bill in Parliament, Accra, on Thursday, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Gloria Akuffo, told the House that corruption did not only impede economic development but stagnates infrastructural and social development.

“In recent times, Ghana has experienced a spate of corruption cases associated with persons holding public office. “These cases have dire consequences on the economic development as well as the international image of the country,” she noted.

Ghana, the Attorney-General said, was a signatory to several international statutes that criminalize corruption, hence leaving it on the country’s books as a misdemeanour was inconsistent with its international commitments.

“The passage of the bill will strengthen the anti corruption regime in the country and will lead Ghana’s international commitment in the fight against corruption,” she said.

Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Inusah Fuseini, commenting on the motion, said the new measures to fight the canker would instil fear into persons who may contemplate engaging in corruption. The lenient punishment regime under the old law, Tamale Central MP, Mr. Fuseini  said was the reason for Ghana’s unsuccessful fight against the canker.

He was of the view that the new censorious regime would deter all manner of public office holders from engaging in any form of corrupt practice.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

CHARJ: Stakeholders discuss Amendment Bill on preventing torture

By Justine Mensah A stakeholder engagement to amend Act 485, which establishes the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice,...

Your Business Activities could worsen Climate Change- EPA Ghana Boss

By Oforiwa Darko Business activities could possibly cause direct environmental impact when carried out within host communities and indirect environmental impact through supply chains. Experts also...

New ways of power generation take center stage at 2022 Women in Energy Conference in Accra

By Dominic Hlodzi and Mabel Annang For a successful clean energy transition, gender diversity and the broad participation of women in the energy sector are...

Manhyia Hospital Incidence; Alex Opoku Apologises

By Emmanuel Oti Acheampong Mr. Alex Opoku Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Director for the National Service Secretariat, has taken to his Facebook page to apologize...

The Good And Bad Of “Gold For Oil” Policy Depends On Implementation Frame Work- Energy Analyst

By: John Guamah Energy Analyst, Benjamin Nsiah has asserted that the feasibility of government's "Gold for Oil" policy statement depends on the implementation frameworks. The batar...

More Articles Like This