OSP cites Charles Adu Boahen for engaging in influence peddling

Charles Adu Boahen
Charles Adu Boahen


The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has issued an investigation report faulting Charles Adu Boahen, a former Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, for engaging in influence peddling or trading in influence.

The OSP had more than sufficient basis to so conclude, after forensic investigation and analysis of an investigative documentary titled ‘Galamsey Economy,’ produced by Tiger Eye P.I., a private investigation agency headed by the celebrated investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Influence peddling or trading in influence is a significant index of corruption worldwide, and it is deprecated under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

Though Ghana is a state party to the UNCAC, the nation has yet to specifically prohibit influence peddling or trading in influence as a criminal offence. Consequently, the OSP lacks the legal mandate to pursue prosecution in this matter.

The OSP joins calls by cvil society groups, particularly OccupyGhana, on the passage of a Corrupt Practices Act and a Conduct of Public Officers Act. These legislative measures are essential for the establishment of a stronger legal framework and more effective mechanisms to combat and penalise corruption and corruption-related offences.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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