Parliament to vet Martin Amidu’s deputy on May 16

The Appointments Committee of Parliament will on next week Wednesday vet Cynthia Naa Koshie Lamptey who was nominated by the President to assist Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu. Ms. Lamptey, who has over 30 years standing as a lawyer, 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. Source at Parliament House revealed to Wednesday that the Committee has set May 16 to vet the candidate. Parliament resumes from recess on May 15. 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. A person who seeks to remove the Deputy Special Prosecutor from office shall submit a petition to the president.

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