Ghana

OSP official calls for corrupt practices law

The Director of Strategy, Research and Communication at the Special Prosecutor (OSP), Sammy Darko, has advocated the formulation of a corrupt practices Act in Ghana.
He said the Act would bring all corruption and corruption-related offences that were currently scattered across a number of laws into one specific law, to offer anti-corruption institutions a harmonised reference point.
Mr Darko made the call at the 14th Commonwealth Regional Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of heads of Anti-Corruption Agency in Africa, in Accra, yesterday.

The four-day event, organised by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), was under the theme: ‘Strengthening Institutions and promoting transparency: A means of fighting corruption in Commonwealth Africa.’
It is expected to be attended by 120 delegates from 21 Commonwealth African countries. Also, to participate are heads of security agencies, ministers of states, diplomatic corps and representatives of civil society organisations.
The meeting seeks to promote collaboration among commonwealth countries in combating corruption through knowledge sharing, capacity building and policy research.
“The OSP’s anti-corruption education and sensitisation have reached more than six million Ghanaians since 2022,” Mr Darko said.
He said the introduction of unexplained wealth order would aid the recovery of proceeds of corruption and other crimes, adding “wealth that is insufficiently explained as originating from a legitimate source would be confiscated.”
Mr Darko said the OSP was facing challenges, including gaps in Ghana’s anti-corruption framework although Ghanaian constitution criminalises unexplained wealth and uphold reversed burden, and that the OSP Act lacks an unexplained wealth provision.
He said “poor collaboration among law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies, sponsored attacks and propaganda and insufficient funding,” were also constraints of the OSP.
The Deputy Executive Director of the EOCO, Bashiru Dapilah, urged state agencies to collaborate in the fight against corruption in the country.
He said this would give law enforcement agencies access to up-to date information, ideas and modern rends in combating crime.
“EOCO Act 2010(Act) 804 mandates the office to corporate and collaborate with law enforcement agencies in the course of its work, dissemination of information gathered in the course of investigation to other agencies and conduct joint investigations,” Mr Dapilah stated.
He said it gives law enforcement agencies greater efficiency and less duplicated efforts, making them more effective.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI