May 31, 2018

The Witness Protection Bill 2018 has gone through second reading on the floor of Parliament, for the committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs working on the Bill to finalize work on it.

The Purpose of the Bill is to establish a Witness Protection Agency to administer a witness protection programme to protect witnesses, experts and their relatives against potential intimidation as a result of their cooperation with law enforcement agencies.

Presenting the report on the floor of the House, Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Ben Abdallah Banda noted that the committee considers whether the provision of the Bill conforms to the relevant provisions of the 1992 constitution.

The passage of the Bill into law would enable Ghana to fulfill one of the key obligations under the UNCAC by implementing a witness protection programme in Ghana.

The committee recommended to the plenary for the approval of their report. Most MPs on the floor of the House who commented on the report stated the importance of the Bill and proposed 32 amendments to the Bill.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/