Embattled Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Lauretta Vivian Lamptey says she is disappointed in the Chief Justice, Georgina Wood.
The Chief Justice has established a prima facie case in the petition filed by Richard Nyamah, accusing Ms. Lamptey of abusing her office.
Even before the Chief Justice constitutes a panel to begin full investigations into the complaints, the CHRAJ Commissioner in a statement said, she is “very disappointed by the fact that the Chief Justice has determined that a prima facie case has been established against me, which therefore needs further investigation”.
Ms. Lamptey does not state the grounds of her disagreement with the conclusions drawn by Mrs. Wood except to say that “…I have every respect for our constitutional processes and full confidence in both this process and the recently completed Special Purpose Audit into my accommodation arrangements.”
She is confident she will be cleared of all the charges when she presents her side of the story to the yet-to-be-constituted investigative committee.
“I, therefore, welcome the opportunity which such an investigation offers, to present my side of the story in an open and transparent manner, and to clear my name of the accusations which have been leveled at me over the past several weeks in the media and by the petitioners,” her statement noted.
Meanwhile, the man who petitioned the President over alleged abuse of office by the CHRAJ Commissioner is demanding her suspension, following the establishment of a case of abuse of office by the Chief Justice.
This, according to Mr. Richard Nyamah, will foil any attempts Commissioner Lauretta Vivian Lamptey may make in order to interfere with investigations into the allegations of misconduct and abuse of office against her.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Thursday, December 4, 2014, Samson Lardy Anyenini, counsel for Mr. Nyamah, said Ms. Lamptey’s continuous stay in office could compromise the process.
He said the President Mahama must now act upon the separate petition his client submitted to him seeking the suspension of Ms. Lamptey.
“Particularly because, he feels that if she still continues to superintend over matters in that outfit, persons within that outfit who may be required by him [Nyamah] to give testimonies in the course of the investigations or produce documents that may be useful to his case, may be compromised”.
“The onus will be on her [Lamptey]…to now throw away that particular first impression made about the petition,” lawyer Anyenini told Show host Kojo Yankson.
The panel is expected to hear testimonies in camera.