"Strengthen anti-corruption wing of CHRAJ to deal effectively with corruption" Emile Short
He also called on government to resource the Commission adequately to enhance its operations. This, he said, will empower the Commission to handle cases promptly and help develop the capabilities of its staff to meet the requirements of the job.
Justice Short made the observation when he delivered this year’s Kronti ne Akwamu (Democracy and Governance) Lecture organized by the Ghana Center for Development (CDD-Ghana) at the British Council Hall.
Speaking on the topic “The Quest for Governmental Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward,” he noted that although the Commission has resolved a lot of cases and returned many confiscated properties to their rightful owners, and indeed has demonstrated its ability to hold public officials accountable for their actions, a lot more remains to be done if CHRAJ must achieve its full potential.
Touching on article 78 of the 1992 Constitution which allows the President to appoint Ministers of State from Parliament, he said the practice weakens Parliament as such ministers are unable to criticize the actions of government. He also bemoaned the situation where Parliament is not well resourced to examine complex international transactions. He said the situation where Members of Parliament are unable to initiate Private Member’s Bill is unacceptable and should be rectified to empower Members of Parliament to initiate bills and adequately represent their constituencies.
In her remarks, the Chairperson of the occasion, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, (former CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines) urged Ghanaians to demand accountability from government through constitutional means instead of resorting to violence and actions that would compromise the peace of Ghana.
The Kronti ne Akwamu is one of CDD-Ghana’s flagship programs. The lecture features distinguished scholars and practitioners whose work focus on democracy-building and fostering good governance to share their knowledge on matters pertaining to African/Ghanaian democratic governance and to stimulate public debate on them.