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South African president refers information bill to parliament

President Cyril Ramaphosa has requested the parliament to reconsider the Protection of State Information Bill (PSIB) based on reservations about its constitutional validity, his office said on Friday.

The president has, in writing, drawn the attention of National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise to constitutional reservations emanating from the bill which has been referred to the president for assent and signing into law, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko said.

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Digitizing mining licences will reduce corruption – GII report

To promote transparency and reduce all corruption risks associated with the awarding of mining licenses and permits, face-to-face processing must be replaced with digitisation, a new report by Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of Transparency International, has recommended.

Titled ‘Corruption Risk Assessment Report on Mineral Mining Licensing in Ghana’, the report said manual processing of applications exposes both the applicants and public officials to potential corruption, hence, it should be substituted with an electronic system of application to minimise or eliminate the risk.

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The RTI Law: A tool to combat corruption or otherwise?

Over the years, journalists, civil society and anti-corruption advocates have campaigned for passage of the Right to Information (RTI) bill, and argued that nonexistence of the law prohibits people from knowing what is happening in public institutions – hence breeding corruption.

Even though the right to information is a basic right enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, it took decades for the country to promulgate the RTI to provide a legal framework for implementation of the constitutional right to access information from public institutions.

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Intensify seizure of assets of corrupt officials – Experts say as Corruption Watch launches Webcast series

Two anti-corruption experts have said the recent order by an Accra High Court for the seizure of assets of persons convicted in the NCA case is a significant deterring anti-corruption measure.

Overall, they view Justice Eric Kyei Baffour’s judgement as the clearest indication yet of the application of laws to combat corruption.

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