In Summary
  • The bill seeks to bar anyone convicted of an offence committed under the Act from holding any public office.
  • It has already undergone first reading in the National Assembly.
  • If passed, it will be a big boost to EACC, DCI and DPP in fighting rampant corruption within the public service.

Government officers found culpable of graft risk being blocked from holding public office should a proposed amendment to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act (Aceca) become law.

The amendment proposed by Moiben MP Silas Tiren, currently before the National Assembly, seeks to ensure individuals involved in misappropriation of public funds are held personally liable.

ECONOMIC CRIMES

The Aceca Bill, 2019, targets managers, chief executive officers and directors of public institutions.

It seeks to bar anyone convicted of an offence committed under the Act from holding any public office. In what will cause tectonic shifts in the governance sphere, those convicted of corruption or economic crimes shall stand disqualified from seeking political seats or appointment into public offices for 10 years immediately they are convicted.

“A person convicted of an offence of corruption or economic crime, and was involved in the management of a public company, institution or State organ that suffered pecuniary loss as a result of the corruption, shall be personally liable for such loss,” the bill states.

Currently, those who oversee the loss of public funds are cushioned from individual responsibility under the doctrine of collective responsibility in government offices.

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