Criminal Act to be amended to make corruption a felony

Criminal Act to be amended to make corruption a felony

The Vice President of Ghana, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that government intends to amend sections of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 to make corruption a felony instead of a misdemeanour.

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Criminal Act to be amended to make corruption a felony

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This move is intended to deter government officials from being corrupt and to drastically reduce the level of corruption in the country in future.

Declaring the commitment of the government to fight corruption at the launch of “Good corporate governance initiative” by the Action Chapel International in Accra, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, said “we will amend relevant section of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), particularly sections 3:151 and 239 to 257 to make corruption a felony rather than a misdemeanour.”

Dr Bawumia also hinted that government was determined to strictly enforce the Public Procurement Act (Act 663) which in his opinion was not promoting transparency enough and was subject to abuse.

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“The resort to sole sourcing of contracts is now the rule rather than the exception. The way the Act was designed, sole sourcing was not supposed to be as rampant as it is today,” he said.

The Vice President added that bidding processes needed to be made public on the website so that everyone can have access to information about who was bidding and for how much.

“It will help us. It will help Ghana and it will help emphasise the issue of value for money,” he added.

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