CHRAJ also serves as an Anti-Corruption Agency. Its anti-corruption powers stem from Articles 218(a) & (e); 284-288 of the 1992 Constitution and Section 7 (1) (a), (e) & (f) of Act 456. The Commission both investigates and works to prevent corruption.
The Commission is mandated to investigate abuse of power and “all instances of alleged or suspected corruption and the misappropriation of public monies by officials” [Article 218 (e)]. The Commission investigates allegations of Conflict of Interest under Chapter 24 of the 1992 Constitution.
As an Anti-Corruption Agency, the Commission:
- Investigates allegations of corruption and conflict of interest, abuse of power/office, and misuse of public monies in the public service;
- Investigates disclosures of impropriety under the Whistleblowers Act and complaints of victimization of whistleblowers in both the public and private sectors;
- Provides free advice and services on corruption prevention in Ghana;
- Works to reduce opportunities for corruption in corruption-prone sectors by assisting to implement corruption prevention measures and putting in place robust systems for checking corruption.
- Sensitizes the general public about corruption and enlist public support to fight corruption at all levels of society.
Ethics/Code of Conduct
As an Ethics Office, the Commission contributes to the promotion of high integrity in the public service, and enforces compliance with the ethical standards contained in the Code of Conduct for Public Officers. Among others, the Commission:
- Investigates allegations of non-compliance with the Code of Conduct for Public Officials and failure to uphold work discipline, professional ethics and other ethical requirements of public office;
- Assists public officials to properly manage and resolve conflict of interest situations;
- Investigates complaints of conflict of interest against public officials; and
- Undertakes ethics education and training for public institutions and public officials in order to maintain high ethical standards in the public service.
Powers of the Commission
The Commission has power to:
- Require an institution or person to submit information, documents, records or other materials that will assist in the Commission’s investigations.
- Require any institution or person to appear before the Commission to assist in its investigations.
- Go to court to seek remedies, including compliance with its recommendations.
Matters outside the Commission’s Mandate
The Commission does not have power to investigate:
- A matter pending in a court or judiciary tribunal.
- A matter between the Government of Ghana and another Government or International Organization.
- A matter where the President exercises his or her prerogative of mercy (such as the grant of a pardon to a convict).
What can I Complain About?
- Engaged in a corrupt practice, or acted in a manner that amounts to corrupt use of public office.
- Misappropriated public money.
- Put himself or herself in a conflict of interest situation.
- Breached the Code of Conduct for Public Officials.
- Acted in a manner that offends public service ethics.
Your complaint should show that an action or activity leads to or is likely to lead to:
- Abuse of public office for private gain
- Misuse of public property
- Misuse of public monies
- Theft of public property
- Theft of public money
- Illicit enrichment/illegal acquisition of wealth
- Abuse of incumbency
- Impropriety under the Whistleblowers Act
- Victimization of whistleblower
- Misuse/abuse of official time
- Insider dealing
- Influence peddling
- Offering or receiving prohibited gifts
When May I Complain?
You should complain to the Commission as soon as possible after the occurrence of the conduct you want to complain about or after you became aware of the conduct.
Who Can Make a Complaint?
Any person or group of persons or an institution can lodge a complaint with the Commission.
How can I Make a Complaint?
You may complain to the Commission via phone, email, post, fax, or in person at any of the Commission’s offices [Head Office in Accra, Regional or District Offices].
When making a complaint, you should try to give as much detail as possible including supporting documents and contacts of persons who may assist the Commission in its investigation. You should also indicate to the Commission the remedy you are seeking.
You should provide all relevant information that will assist the Commission communicate better with you and the person or institution you are complaining about. This should include full names, contact addresses and contact phone numbers.
Why Should I Bring a Complaint to the Commission
Every person who comes before the Commission is given every opportunity to present his or her case through a process that is fair, just and transparent. In addition, you will find that the Commission’s:
- Services are free, empowering, user-friendly and accessible to all.
- Investigations and complaints resolution mechanisms are efficient and expeditious.