July 10, 2014

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Offinso South, Mr Ben Abdallah Banda, has advocated for powers of prosecution for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

Making a contribution to a debate on the motion to adopt the report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the annual report of CHRAJ for 2010, the MP realised that the Attorney-General’s Department, the lone body mandated to carry out prosecution on behalf of the state, was always overwhelmed with cases.

He said not only is this a difficulty but also it was constrained in the aspect of finance and human resources.

Therefore he claimed with CHRAJ given the power to prosecute,  would reduce pressure on the Attorney-General’s Department.

Mr Banda also said with this, CHRAJ  would also be enabled to discharge its anti-corruption mandate.

The report deals with issues bordering on the mandate of the commission and the discharge of its duties in 2010.