Politics

Deputy Special Prosecutor nominee to be vetted today

The Appointments Committee of Parliament would today vet Cynthia Lamptey, Deputy Special Prosecutor nominee.

The Committee would assess her suitability for the position at a public hearing and if approved she would assist, Martin Amidu, Special Prosecutor who was sworn in, in February 2018.

Jane Cynthia Korshie Lamptey was nominated by the President Nana Akufo-Addo on 26 April 2018 for the position of Deputy Special Prosecutor.

She was a former acting Director of Public Prosecutions and has over 30 years at the Ghana Bar and was in Charge of criminal prosecution of National Democratic Congress’s Financier, Alfred Woyome in the GHC 52 million judgment debt saga.

She also led prosecution of the former Executive Director of the national Service Scheme, Alhaji Imoro, who is standing on trial for the alleged theft of GHc86.9 million which belongs to the state. However, Cynthia Lamptey left the department in 2015 after 20 years.

The office of the SP has been mandated to recover and track proceeds of corruption by public officials and politicians. The SP has also been tasked to investigate and prosecute certain cases, allegations of corruption and criminal offences which violate the Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663).

The Special Prosecutor’s office is expected to be independent of the Executive, which would enable the office deal with all corruption related issues government is confronted with.

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