Politics

Deputy Special Prosecutor nominee gets unanimous approval

The Appointments Committee of Parliament has unanimously approved the nomination of the deputy Special Prosecutor nominee, Cynthia Jane Naa Korshie Lamptey.

Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu, told Journalists the report on the vetting of Ms. Lamptey will soon be ready and presented to the House for approval, TV3’s Godfred Tanam reported from Parliament barely an hour after the vetting of the nominee ended in Accra on Wednesday.

With almost 30 years standing as a lawyer, Ms. Lamptey was on April 26 nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the Deputy Special Prosecutor.

Her nomination was presented to Parliament and was subsequently referred to the Appointments Committee that has the mandate to vet the candidate to establish her suitability for the anti-graft job.

When approved, Ms Lamptey will assist Martin Alamisi Benz Kaizer Amidu at the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

The two coincidentally worked together at the Attorney General’s Department in the late Atta Mills’s government.

She was part of the prosecution of businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome as well as the former National Service Scheme Executive Director, Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, who was charged for allegedly stealing GHS86.9 million.

There were reports that former President John Dramani Mahama sacked her in 2015 for non-performance.

Ms Lamptey will be the first Deputy Special Prosecutor if approved.

By the statutes establishing the Office, the Deputy Special Prosecutor shall hold her office on the same terms and conditions of service as a Justice of the High Court except that the tenure of office shall be for a non-renewable tenure of seven years.

 

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