Whistleblowers Act: CHRAJ expresses worry about low rate of complaints

Whistleblowers Act: CHRAJ expresses worry about low rate of complaints
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Abubakar Ibrahim
Date: 10-10-2019 Time: 09:10:52:pm

The Director of Anti-Corruption at the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has said it has become necessary for them and the security agencies to coordinate and work together.

Charles Anyamdor believes this will ensure that the whistleblowers Act 2006 works effectively.

He stated that the Act complicates the matter by saying a complaint can blow the whistle to one or more of the institutions.

The Director of Anti-Corruption added that in the absence of proper coordination, institutions involved have received several reports on same corruption cases; making it difficult for any of the institutions to take up the matter.

“So where one person blows the whistle to CHRAJ, then blows it to Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and to a Member of Parliament and to Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) what do we do? Should we jump together each and everyone investigating it?” he queried.

The Whistle-blowers act protects whistle-blowers under section 12 of Act 2006.

It also provides that the whistle-blower is not to be subjected to any form of victimization by his employer or any other person by virtue of the disclosure made.

The Act, however, emphasizes that victimization does not include the right of the person complained against to seek redress in court because of such disclosures.

The director of Anti-Corruption said CHRAJ has taken it upon itself to ensure that the coordination platform takes place and we hope it will be operationally this year.

And this has led to the drafting of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on these matters.

He, however, stated that the MoU, unfortunately, is not yet operational as a result of the Attorney General’s failure to issue regulations on the Act.

“When the act was passed what we undertook ourselves was to get our colleagues from the investigative institutions to discuss this Act and come together and find the best ways in tackling it in the absence of any regulations,” Mr Anyamdor.

He further outlined the role of the Commission and shared hopes that the MoU becomes operational this year.

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