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CHRAJ Boss Given 24hrs To Resign Or Faces Court Action

She holds both positions, which the Center for National Affairs (CNA) argues violates Article 221 of the 1992 Constitution and CHRAJ Act 456, which prohibits a Commissioner from occupying any other public position once in office.

Subsection 2 of section 2 of the CHRAJ Act said: “The Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner shall not while holding office as Commissioners hold any other public office.”

The advocacy group has mounted pressure on the commissioner to either give up her job in accordance with the Constitution or face a court action after tomorrow, Tuesday – April 24.

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A senior policy analyst of the CNA, Rocky Obeng, told Citifmonline.com: “We have met with her and proven to her that there are documents to show that she was appointed to the GCB board by the President and not SSNIT hence she is representing public interest.”

“We are resorting to a behind the scene settlement because we respect her position a lot and going to court straight will mean involving her employer (the President) and you know her position is equivalent to an Appeals Court Judge so we want her to do the right thing."

Mr. Obeng added: “I don’t have any personal interest other than the interest of the State. We must have the courage to correct some of these problems in society. Ideally, you’ll expect us to go to court, but we want to show respect to her office which is equivalent to an Appeals Court Judge.”

According to Mr. Obeng, when the CNA met with Mrs. Lamptey and their lawyers, she however raised objections which may prove problematic.

“She has agreed to tender in her resignation letter at the next stakeholders’ meeting of GCB, in order to retain investor confidence in GCB, and we find this to be problematic,” he earlier told an Accra-based Joy FM.

According to the CNA, a state appointment such as a CHRAJ commissioner puts Mrs. Lamptey in a tight corner when an issue of corruption and conflict of interest come up against the GCB.

“What if her own colleague senses corruption on the board? That’s why we are raising the red flags,” he pointed out to Citifmonline.com.

The CHRAJ commissioner has since defended her membership on the GCB board saying that her dual positions as in no way affected her responsibilities. She was appointed in July 2011.

Source: Citifmonline.com



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