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A former Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP), Mrs Cynthia Naa Lamptey,has been nominated by President Akufo-Addo, as the deputy Special Prosecutor.
She would partner self acclaimed corruption fight crusader, Mr Martin Alamisi Burns Keizar Amidu as a Deputy Special Prosecutor.
Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Quaye announced the nomination of Ms Lamptey when the House reconvened sitting upon call of emergency to determine urgent government business Thursday April,26,2018.
The Speaker, however referred the nomination letter of Mrs Lamptey to the Deputy Special Prosecutor to appointment Committee of Parliament for vetting.
Mrs Lamptey and Amidu had worked together at the Attorney General Department when Mr. Amidu was the Minister for Justice and Attorney General under the late President John Evans Atta Mills administration.
She is a lawyer by profession and graduated from the Ghana School of Law and has worked at the Attorney-General’s Department for over 20 years until she was relieved of her post in 2015.
The Deputy Special Prosecutor nominee and Amidu meeting together again would be best describe as reuniting for common purpose, to fight corruption in the system.
She was employed as a state attorney at the Attorney-General’s Department in 1995 and rose through the ranks till she was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions during the John Mahama administration.
After 20 years of service to the nation, she left the department in 2015.She was replaced by Yvonne Attakorah Obuobisa.
As the country’s Chief Prosecutor, she handled several high-profile prosecutions including the case of the alleged stealing of GhC86.9 million by an Executive Director of the National Service Scheme and the criminal prosecution of Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
In 2014, Mrs Lamptey prosecuted two Ghanaian women who had played a leading role in the exportation of cocaine to the United Kingdom.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor was created by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo administration in 2017 with the aim of allowing the independent prosecution of politicians and people affiliated with political parties or their members who are deemed as being corrupt.
If approved by parliament, Mrs Lamptey would be the first person to be deputy Special Prosecutor as well as the first female to occupy the position.
Sources: the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba