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Date published: 20th, Nov 2020
Ms. Jane Cynthia Naa Torshie Lamptey has been made acting Special Prosecutor until another is appointed by President Akufo-Addo.
This follows the resignation of Mr. Martin Amidu, three years after his appointment.
Reacting to her new role, Chairman of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) Dr. Steve Manteaw said “Mad. Cynthia Lamptey, Acting SP, I salute you. It’s a difficult task, we know, but we trust you to fulfill our aspirations.”
Mr Amidu resigned on Monday, November 16, citing a number of reasons for his resignation.
In his letter to the President, Nana Akufo-Addo before leaving office, the Citizen Vigilante made a plea case for his then assistant, Cynthia Lamptey who is now interim Special Prosecutor to be paid all emoluments due her since her assumption of office.
His claims were that Ms. Lamptey had not been paid any emoluments since her appointment, and there is the need to redress that situation for her.
“It is essential for me to state for the purpose of the records, and contrary to public perceptions, that my appointment letter was received on 5th February 2020 (almost two (2)-years after my appointment). The copy addressees made no efforts to honour any of the conditions of appointment in terms of emoluments and benefits of the appointment ever since my warrant of appointment was issued on 23rd February 2018 to the date of my letter of resignation.
“I accepted the offer on 10th January 2018 to be nominated to be Special Prosecutor because Mr. President and Ghanaians knew I have been an anti-corruption crusader all my life and not an anti-corruption entrepreneur. This explains why I have never put the emoluments and benefits of the Office as central to my commitment and my passion for the establishment of an independent, effective, efficient and impartial anti-corruption Office of the Special Prosecutor before the end of the first term of Mr. President. This has not been possible for several reasons.”
Cynthia Lamptey is a Ghanaian lawyer and public servant. She served as the Director of Public Prosecutions under the John Dramani Mahama administration. She had being proposed as the deputy Special Prosecutor of Ghana.
Cynthia Lamptey is a lawyer by profession and graduated from the Ghana School of Law. She was employed as a state attorney at the Attorney-General's Department in 1995 and rose through the ranks till she was appointment Director of Public Prosecutions during the John Mahama administration. As the country's chief prosecutor, she handled several high-profile prosecutions. Some of her prosecutions include the case of the alleged stealing 86.9 million cedis by an Executive Director of the National Service Scheme and the criminal prosecution of Alfred Agbesi Wayome. Alfred Woyome, a known financier of the National Democratic Congress, was charged by a Ghanaian court of fraudulently receiving a 52 million cedis judgement debt against Ghana. In 2014, prosecuted two Ghanaian women who had played a leading role in the exportation of cocaine to the United Kingdom. After 20 years of service to the nation, she left the department in 2015. She was replaced by Yvonne Attakorah Obuobisa.
Published on 20th, Nov 2020