President Mahama has suspended Ms. Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, the Commissioner CHRAJ.
President John Dramani Mahama on the advice of the Judicial Council has suspended Ms. Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights & Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). In a statement released on Tuesday January 13, 2015, the Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, said: “The suspension 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.”
Mr. Bani said the suspension is necessary in order to protect the integrity of the enquiry. Commenting on the issue Richard Nyamah, who is the convener of the Progressive Nationalist Forum, said “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.”
However the former CHRAJ boss Justice Emile Short added “I think that the announcement is timely given that the recommendation for her suspension was given by the five member judicial committee which looked into the matter”.
This “will go a long way to mitigate the lack of confidence, which had developed in the institution and it will be a relief to these international organizations that were not happy about the allegations that have been made against her.”
Also it will “protect the integrity of the institution, seems to me to be a very sound one, given the fact that so many people have made serious allegations against the commissioner and her continued stay in office was not welcomed by people here and abroad,” He said.
Ms. Lamptey has consequently been asked to hand over her duties to a Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Mr. Richard Quayson, not later than Friday January 16, 2015