We didn’t pay Commissioner’s hotel bills – CHRAJ

The Chief Accounts Officer at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Kenneth Agbezuhlor has dismissed reports that the commission has settled the hotel bills of Lauretta Lamptey.
The CHRAJ commissioner, Lauretta Lamptey, has been widely criticized for wasting the taxpayers’ money on hotel bills after she relocated from a rented residence at the AU Village.

This was during the renovation of her official residence as CHRAJ boss, while she lodged at a $450 a night hotel in Accra.

But, Kenneth Agbezuhlor in an interview with Citi News insisted that Ms. Lauretta Lamptey has never placed a request for the payment of any hotel bill.

“I have never paid the hotel bill of the commissioner. No bill concerning the commissioner’s hotel accommodation has been forwarded to my desk. I am telling you as a fact that as I stand here I have not paid a penny on behalf of the commissioner in hotel bills,” he explained.

According to him, he only heard such reports in the media and denied knowledge of such payments by the commission.

The revelation by the Chief Accounts Officer comes weeks after Chief Justice’s office also investigated the matter and found Ms. Lamptey guilty of the charges until she provides further information to disprove the findings.
There are several groups and individuals who have mounted pressure on the CHRAJ boss to resign, while others have started a process to impeach her.

Madam Lamptey has also been accused of wasting huge sums of money on renovating her official bungalow which according to the former Commissioner of CHRAJ, Justice Emile short, was in good condition before he vacated the building.

Meanwhile, an intended strike by the staff of CHRAJ has been cancelled following a meeting with management of the commission.

The workers are calling for the removal of the Chief Accounts Officer Kenneth Agbezuhlor.

They have accused him of various corrupt acts and abuse of office.

The workers have also written to the Controller and Accountant General demanding the chief accountant’s recall or they will demonstrate to express their displeasure.

A similar demonstration was scheduled for Thursday but the decision was shelved for later.


Source: Citifmonline.com

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