Akufo-Addo appoints an interim Special Prosecutor

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed the Deputy Special Prosecutor, Cynthia Lamptey to be temporary in charge till a substantive one is appointed.

Ms Lamptey was approved as Deputy Special Prosecutor by Parliament on May 23, 2018.

Ms Lamptey is a lawyer of 30 years standing at the Ghana Bar and former acting Director of Public Prosecutions.

Members of Parliament described Ms Lamptey as an experienced prosecutor who could bring her experience to bear on the work of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Her elevation comes after the resignation of Martin Amidu earlier this week,

He said in his letter to the president that “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. The Deputy Special Prosecutor has also not been paid any emoluments since her appointment, and there is the need to redress that situation for her now that I am out of the way.

“The events of 12th November 2020 removed the only protection I had from the threats and plans directed at me for undertaking the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption assessment report and dictates that I resign as the Special Prosecutor immediately.“I should not ordinarily be announcing my resignation to the public myself but the traumatic experience I went through from 20th October 2020 to 2nd November 2020 when I conveyed in a thirteen (13) page letter the conclusions and observations on the analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment on the Report On Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions and Other Matters Related Thereto to the President as Chairman of the National Security Council cautions against not bringing my resignation as the Special Prosecutor with immediate to the notice of the Ghanaian public and the world.

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