Seek Legal Aid’s help to report acts of corruption


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By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA

Wa, March 13, GNA – Members of the public who
need legal assistance to enable them report acts of corruption have been
encouraged to contact Legal Aid for such services free of charge.

This is necessary to ensure that people do not
refuse to report acts of corruption for fear of getting themselves involved in
any legal tussles.

Mr Sebastian Ziem, Chief Investigative Officer
at the Upper West Regional Office of the Commission on Human Rights and
Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), allayed the fears of the public in corruption
reporting during an anti-corruption sensitization campaign in Wa Municipal.

The anti-corruption sensitization campaign is
a collaborative work of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and
CHRAJ with support from the European Union (EU).

Mr Ziem told the participants that the essence
of the Whistle Blowers Act 2006, Act (720) was to help check and prevent
corruption while improving on service delivery.

The Chief Investigative Officer of CHRAJ also
directed the public to report acts of corruption to state mandated institutions
such as the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), CHRAJ and the Ghana
Police Service.

He said vote buying and favoritism were among
the elements of corruption in which both the giver and the receiver were guilty
of the offence and, therefore, liable for prosecution.

On transparency and accountability, Mr Ziem
said citizens needed to be transparent and accountable at all levels of society
while also demanding accountability from duty bearers.

Madam Jennifer Anbana, a Principal Civic
Education Officer of NCCE, said so far the Commission has interacted with 30
identifiable groups within the Municipality on the effects of corruption on the
individual, the family, society and the nation at large.


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