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Cynthia Lamptey nominated deputy SP

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Former acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Cynthia Naa Korshie Lamptey, has been nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the deputy Special Prosecutor.

Former acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Cynthia Naa Korshie Lamptey, has been nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the deputy Special Prosecutor.

 

With over 30 years of practicing law, Cynthia Lamptey is expected to assist Martin Amidu, who was sworn in as Special Prosecutor by the President in February.

Cynthia Lamptey led the prosecution of a former Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, Alhaji Imoro who is standing trial for the theft of GHc86.9 million belonging to the state.

She was also in charge of the criminal prosecution of National Democratic Congress financier, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, in the GHc 52 million judgment debt saga.

She left the department after 20 years in 2015, and was replaced by Yvonne Attakorah Obuobisa.

The nomination of Mrs Lamptey has been referred to Parliament for approval.

A letter confirming the appointment was read by the Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye.

 “The president nominates Deputy Special Prosecutor in the person of Ms Jane Cynthia Naa Korshie Lamptey. Lawyer of 30 years standing at the Ghana Bar…and thereby seeks the approval of Ms Lamptey as Deputy Special Prosecutor of Parliament,” the Speaker read.

The Speaker referred her nomination to the Appointments Committee for vetting and approval.

President Nana Akufo-Addo in fulfillment of his pledge to fight corruption when elected as President in the lead up to the 2016 elections,  appointed  Martin Amidu as Special-Prosecutor and was subsequently sworn in after a grueling vetting by the Appointments Committee of Parliament

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has been tasked to investigate and prosecute certain categories of cases and allegations of corruption and other criminal wrongdoing, including those involving alleged violations of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and cases implicating public officers and politically-exposed persons.

The office has also been mandated to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption.

The Special Prosecutor’s office is expected to be independent of the Executive, which observers believe will allow it to adequately deal with corruption-related issues which have plagued governance.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, which was passed in November 2017, defines the modalities for the appointment and operations of the Special Prosecutor Office.