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 PART VI - OFFENCES

31.Failure to attend or produce documents

 A person who, having been summoned to attend the Ombudsman Commission, other authority or tribunal, fails without reasonable excuse, the burden of proof of which lies on him, to attend the Commission, other authority or tribunal, or to produce any documents, books or writings in his custody or control that he is required by the summons to produce, is guilty of an offence.
 Penalty: K500.00 or imprisonment for three months.

 
32.Refusing to be sworn or give evidence

 A person appearing as a witness before the Ombudsman Commission, other authority or tribunal, who refuses to be sworn or to make affirmation or to answer any questions relevant to the inquiry put to him by a member of the Commission, other authority or tribunal, or having attended leaves the Commission, other authority or tribunal, without the permission of a member of the Commission, other authority or tribunal, is guilty of an offence.
 Penalty: K500.00 or imprisonment for three months.

  
33.Contempt of the Commission, etc

 A person who wilfully insults a member of the Ombudsman Commission, other authority or tribunal, or wilfully interrupts the proceedings of the Commission, other authority or tribunal, or is in any manner guilty of wilful contempt of the Commission or other authority or tribunal, is guilty of an offence.
 Penalty: K500.00 or imprisonment for three months.

 34.Giving false evidence

 A person appearing as a witness before the Ombudsman Commission, other authority or tribunal, who wilfully gives false evidence, is guilty of perjury and is liable to prosecution and punishment accordingly.
 Penalty: K500.00 or imprisonment for three months.

 35.Offences in relation to certain matters done after ceasing to hold office

 A person to whom this Law applies who, without the approval of the Ombudsman Commission, within three years after ceasing to be such a person accepts or holds a directorship, consultancy or any other prescribed position with a foreign enterprise, is guilty of an offence.

 Penalty: K1000.00 or imprisonment for 12 months.

 36.Prosecution for offencesProceedings for an offence under this Law—

(a)shall be brought in the National Court; and(b)may not be brought against any person except with the consent in writing of the Ombudsman Commission.

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