Anti-graft campaigner, Edem Senanu says the punitive measures meted to former PPA Boss, Adjenim Boateng Adjei is not enough.
He said Mr Boateng Adjei should have been banned for 10 years to serve as a deterrent to other people in public office who would use it for their personal interest.
According to him, the five-year ban is not punitive enough, looking at some of the cases that go to court and when ordinary citizens get jailed for a bunch of plantain or goat and so forth.
“I think that when we put people in such positions, we expect much much more from them and so the deterrent should be much higher than that. Otherwise, I mean five years, really?” he told Mamavi Owusu Aboagye on the AM Show, Monday.
Mr Boateng-Adjei was on Friday dismissed by President Akufo-Addo after CHRAJ ruled that he was unfit to hold Public Office.
He’s also been banned from holding public office for the five years, this was after the former CEO was busted in a documentary by freelance investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni for alleged sale of government contracts.
But Mr Senanu said the punishment should be more punitive.
“I’m glad that we are already amending laws to make this a misdemeanour rather than what it is now. But I think that something of ten years up would have been more of a deterrent than five years,” Mr Senanu said.
He also called for swift investigations into such matters.
“Well I mean first of all taking a whole year to get to the bottom of this, for me I think it took too long. And there are so many other cases that are hanging in all these investigative bodies that have not yet come to closure.
“But we kind of make it easy for people to think they can get away with the impunity of fraud. We ought to be having probably fast-track procedures on all these matters so that gradually that sense of fear of not being…of being high-risk will be sent to everybody who would want to engage in such acts.
“So I don’t think that we’re doing enough to make sure that the message is well-shared such that people begin to take this more seriously,” anti-graft campaigner Edem Senanu said.