Charged Be swift on Judgement Debt & Black Stars Brazil reports - GII demands

The two reports have already been presented to President Mahama and awaiting his action.

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play The Executive Secretary of Ghana Integrity Initiative, Vitus Azeem
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Ghana Integrity Initiative has urged President Mahama to as a matter of urgency take action against public officers found to have abused their office in the Judgement Debt Commission's report as well as the report of the Black Stars Brazil 2014 Commission of Enquiry.

The two reports have already been presented to President Mahama and awaiting his action.

A statement signed by Executive Secretary of GII, Vitus Azeem has however commended President Mahama for acting swiftly in removing Ms. Lauretta Vivian Lamptey  as the Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice.

President Mahama last week removed the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Lauretta Vivian Lamptey from office.

A source close to the presidency said President Mahama removed her in accordance with Article 146(9) after accepting the recommendations of a Committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate allegations of corruption and misappropriation of public funds.

However, GII in its statement has urged the president to quickly appoint a substantive Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, after President Mahama removed the former head, Lauretta Lamptey.

The statement said the substantive appointment should be done "in consultation with the Council of State, pointing out that per Article 216 of the country's constitution, CHRAJ at all material time should have a Commissioner and two Deputy Commissioners."

"GII wishes to emphasise that the positions of heads of independent constitutional bodies should not remain vacant for unduly long periods (as has happened in the past) and acting positions should normally not exceed six months," the statement stated.

The GII has also called on President Mahama to publish the report on Ms. Lamptey in the spirit of transparency and accountability in order  "to assist Ghanaians to recognise and avoid similar actions in the future wherever and whenever they occur."

The statement has also applauded the efforts of Mr. Richard Nyamah of the Progressive Nationalist Forum and Hon. Annor Dompreh, Member of Parliament, Nsawam Adoagyiri, whose action led to the establishment of the Commission to investigate the allegation against Ms. Lamptey.

President Mahama last week removed the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Lauretta Vivian Lamptey from office.

A source close to the presidency said President Mahama removed her in accordance with Article 146(9) after accepting the recommendations of a Committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate allegations of corruption and misappropriation of public funds.

Meanwhile, the GII has urged the president to take action against other public officers found to have abused their office in the Judgement Debt Commission's report as well as the report of the Black Stars Brazil 2014 Commission of Enquiry.

The two reports have already been presented to President Mahama and awaiting his action.

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