General News of Wednesday, 14 January 2015
President Mahama has demonstrated good judgment in his “bold decision” to suspend from office, Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights & Administrative Justice, (CHRAJ), Ms. Lauretta V. Lamptey, Richard Nyamah has said.
Nyamah, who is the convener of the Progressive Nationalist Forum, the group that petitioned the President in September 2014, asking for the removal of Ms. Lamptey thanked the president for the ‘timely’ suspension.
“I want to thank the president for taking this bold step. It is a bold decision because listening to the legal fraternity you would have heard divergent views as to whether she should be suspended or not and whether it’s too late in the day to do so or not…”
Lauretta Lamptey is currently being investigated following complaints of abuse of office leveled against her after she moved into a hotel that cost the state US$456 dollars a day and a total of about GH¢161,302.5 was spent on her stay there between August and November 2014.
President Mahama on the advice of the Judicial Council and in pursuant to Article 146 (10) (b) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, suspended the beleaguered CHRAJ boss until the case against her is resolved.
The suspension notice signed by the Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani on Tuesday “follows the establishment of a prima facie case against Ms. Lamptey by the Chief Justice, and the setting up of a five (5)-member committee to investigate complaints made against her.”
Nyamah who earlier accused the presidency of shielding the embattled CHRAJ boss and protecting her interest above that of the interest of the public said in an interview on Accra based Citi FM that her removal is a sign of “good things to come.”
“Now I am one hundred percent convinced that I would be having a fair hearing on this matter and also thank the chief justice for acting swiftly on this matter.
“It is restoring confidence in our judicial system and I am beginning to have hope that the fight against corruption at least is beginning to be lighted and at the end of the day it’s not a lost cause,” he remarked.