Deputy Special Prosecutor nominee, Mrs Cynthia Jane Naa-Koshie Lamptey, says she hates nepotism and cronyism.
Mrs Lamptey revealed this during her vetting on Wednesday in Parliament. To her, the acts always hinder the fight against corruption which the office of the Special prosecutor seeks to tackle, adding that it also interferes with investigation of crimes and also constitute conflict of interest.
“…Officers must have the moral integrity not to employ people that they can easily handle. If you employ me and I’m somebody that you can walk over, whatever you ask me to do I will do, so, officers must be able to employ people who they do not have any hold on,” she told the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
When the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joe Osei-Owusu, wanted to know if she would employ any of her relatives should she get the opportunity, Madam Lamptey insisted that would amount to a conflict of interest situation, which she abhors.
“I will not even go near that. I will not employ you,” she remarked and stressed that issues of conflict of interest will not be entertained in her line of duty.
Cynthia Naa-Koshie Lamptey was a former Acting Director of Public Prosecution, and has been a Lawyer of about 30 years in good standing with the Ghana Bar.
She worked at the Attorney-General’s Department for over 20 years, until she was relieved of her post in 2015.
The Special Prosecutor nominee was the Director of Public Prosecutions during the erstwhile John Mahama administration.
When she is approved, she will assist Martin ABK Amidu at the Special Prosecutor’s Office created by the president in accordance with the Special Prosecutor Law, 2017 passed by parliament to help fight corruption in the country.