General News of Monday, 26 January 2015
Suspended Commissioner of CHRAJ, Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, is scheduled to appear before a five-member committee investigating complaints of serious misconduct and breaches of the law while in office.
The committee set up by the Chief Justice Georgina Woode is made up of two justices of the Supreme Court, an Appeal Court judge and two other members whose appointment was based on the advice of the Council of State.
It is chaired by Justice Anin Yeboah, a Justice of the Supreme Court.
President John Dramani Mahama on the advice of the Judicial Council and pursuant to Article 146 (10) (b) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, suspended from office, Ms. Lamptey following the establishment of a prima facie case against her.
In August last year, Ms Lamptey moved into a hotel after her US$5,500 monthly rent for the apartment, including utility bills, at the AU Village expired.
Her official residence, which was previously occupied by her predecessor Justice Francis Emile Short, was at the time being redesigned with several variations at her instance, all at a cost of GH¢182,000.
Lamptey, as of late last year was paying 456 dollars a day for her hotel accommodation. In total, about GH¢161,302.5 was spent on Lamptey’s stay in the hotel between August and November 2014.
She has since told the media she was only following precedence at the anti-graft institution.