Parliament approves Jane Lamptey as Deputy Special Prosecutor

Ms Jane Cynthia Lamptey,Deputy Special Prosecutor

Ms Jane Cynthia Lamptey,Deputy Special Prosecutor

Parliament has by consensus approved the nomination of Madam Cynthia Jane Naa-Koshie Lamptey as the Deputy Special Prosecutor.


Her approval follows the adoption of recommendations contained in the sixteenth report of the Appointments Committee by the plenary of the House in Accra yesterday.


Madam Lamptey, last Wednesday appeared before the 26-member Appointments Committee for her vetting where her suitability to man the office was tested.


The 59-year old lawyer spent about three hours before the Committee to answer questions regarding her experience at the Bar, achievements at the Attorney General’s Department where she rose to the rank of Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, amongst others.


Presenting the report on her performance at the vetting, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Majority Leader, Sarah Adwoa Safo said Madam Lamptey’s competence was not in doubt.


“The Committee was satisfied that the nominee, Madam Cynthia Jane Naa-Koshie Lamptey answered questions truthfully with forthrightness and a calm disposition.


“The Committee is satisfied with her nomination as Deputy Special Prosecutor and that her nomination is in conformity with the Office of Special Prosecutor Act 2017 (Act 959).


“Accordingly, the Committee recommends to the House to approve by consensus the appointment of the nominee”, the report read by Adwoa Safo and seen by the Ghanaian Times stated.


The Minority Leader and Ranking Member on Committee, Haruna Iddrisu supported the approval of Madam Lamptey but expressed concerns about her continuous disposition that the Office will jail wrongdoers.


Haruna Iddrisu said the mandate of the Office was to prosecute and not to jail people and wants Madam Lamptey to be mindful of that role in order not to go on a witch haunting spree.


Member of Parliament for Offinso South, Ben Abdallah, commenting on the report was hopeful that having worked with the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, whiles at the Attorney General’s Department, the duo would be able to achieve its intended purpose.


Having acknowledged Mr Amidu’s temperament, Mr Abdallah urged the Deputy Special Prosecutor to know how to work with Mr Amidu for tranquility to prevail at that office.


A member of the Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, urged the public to refrain from prosecuting alleged corrupt people in the media since the compliment of the Office was set to zoom into action.


The Office of Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 was passed during the third meeting of the first session of the seventh Parliament last year with the mandate to investigate cases of corruption involving public officers and politically exposed persons in the performance of their functions.




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