The president of policy think tank, IMANI
Ghana has said that President John Mahama
deserves commendation for the way he has
handled the rent scandal involving the
Commissioner of the Commission for Human
Rights and Administration Justice (CHRAJ),
Ms Lauretta Lamptey.
Ms Lamptey has been accused of misusing
public funds after it was revealed she had
spent $180, 000 on rent and GH¢182, 000 on
the renovation of her official bungalow.
President Mahama ordered the Chief Justice
to begin an investigation into the activities of
the CHRAJ Boss after he received separate
petitions against her when news of the widely-
perceived excessive expenditure broke in
September last year.
The President, on January 13, suspended Ms
Lamptey “on the advice of the Judicial
Council, pursuant to article 146(10) (b) of the
1992 constitution following 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.
And speaking on the Big Issue, Franklin
Cudjoe stated that despite a slight delay in
the start of the procedures to investigate Ms.
Lamptey, which he attributed to the processes
of the lower courts, the President’s response
to the scandal must be commended.
“Every attempt at fighting corruption or
perceived corruption is important and the
President deserves commendation for that,”
Franklin Cudjoe said. Looking at it within the
milieu of West African politics, there are
countries that just don’t care, like the Gambia.
Can you imagine the Chief Justice, there
coming after an officer of this nature and
probably it goes against the president, he will
chase you away.
The President had no option than to be seen
as respecting the separation of powers and for
allowing the process. But the bottom line is
that the President has acted and he deserves
commendation for that.”
Ms. Lamptey, on Friday responded to the
accusations of corruption against her, stating
those allegations in the petitions presented
has been dismissed.
She said on the Citi Breakfast Show: “Nothing
on those headings board on corruption
because if somebody said received $4500, I
would agree with him but he didn’t have that
heading in his petition and in any case it can
easily be refuted because it has nothing that
come close to corruption.”