CHRAJ Boss Fired

The Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, has been sacked following a report indicting her.

 A statement from the Flagstaff House stated, ‘President John Mahama has accepted the recommendations of a Committee set up by the Chief Justice and in accordance with Article 146(9) removed Madam Lauretta Vivian Lamptey from office as Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).’

The Chief Justice Committee, chaired by Justice Kwasi Anin Yeaboah, a Justice of the Supreme Court, investigated her for abuse of office and allegations of squandering of state funds. Ms Lamptey was suspended in January 2015 following accusations that she spent about $200,000 on rent at the AU Village and about GH¢180,000 on the renovation of her official residence.

A committee was subsequently set up to investigate the matter.

The Committee, which presented its findings to the president in September, concluded that Ms Lamptey was unfit to hold the position of CHRAJ commissioner.

She was investigated after civil society organisation, the Progressive Nationalist Forum (PNF), led by Richard Nyamah, had petitioned President Mahama over her conduct.

Ms Lamptey had earlier been suspended in January following ‘the establishment of a prima facie case against her by the Chief Justice and the setting up of a five-member committee to investigate complaints made against her.’

The suspension, according to a statement issued by the then Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, was to protect the integrity of the enquiry.

The embattled CHRAJ boss was instructed to hand over to her deputy commissioner, Richard Quayson.

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