The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has called for the passage of a Corrupt Practices Act to comprehensively codify the prohibition of all forms of corruption.
He said this in his report on the investigation done on the former Minister of State at the Finance Ministry Chares Adu Boahen who was captured in a documentary dubbed “Galamsey Economy’ compiled by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The OSP directed the closure of the investigation on Adu Boahen after stating that though the conduct of Mr. Adu Boahen amounted to trading in influence or influence peddling, which is closely associated with corruption, there is no actual criminal prohibition of his acts in respect of which the OSP has a mandate to further act.
“On that reckoning, the Special Prosecutor directs the closure, at this time, of the investigation in respect of allegations of corruption and corruption-related offences involving Charles Adu Boahen contained in the investigative documentary titled Galamsey Economy published by Tiger Eye P.I. The investigation may be re-opened should the circumstances and further facts dictate.
“The non-prohibition of most predicate acts of corruption and corruption-related offences engenders impunity of malevolent conduct and the erosion of democratic tenets, which spawn formidable hurdles in the fight against corruption, especially in the public sector. On this score, the OSP calls for the passage of a Corrupt Practices Act to comprehensively codify the prohibition of all forms of corruption. Further, the OSP joins up with the positively persistent calls of the pressure group, OccupyGhana for the passage of a Conduct of Public Officers Act to properly regulate the conduct of public officers,” the OSP said in a statement on Monday October 30.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sacked Mr Adu Boahen for being captured in a documentary dubbed ‘Galamsey Economy’, a documentary compiled by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has terminated the appointment of the Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Charles Adu Boahen, with immediate effect.
“After being made aware of the allegations levelled against the Minister in the exposé, ‘Galamsey Economy’, the President spoke to Mr. Adu Boahen, after which he took the decision to terminate his appointment, and also to refer the matter to the Special Prosecutor for further investigations,” a statement issued by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin said on Monday, November 14, 2022.