Good Governance Platform-Ghana (GGPG) says the refusal of President Akufo-Addo to reverse hks leave order to the Auditor General Daniel Yaw Domelevo is pernicious to the country’s fight against corruption.
On Monday, June 29, 2020, President Akufo-Addo ordered the Auditor General to take his accumulated leave of one hundred and twenty-three (123) days starting from July 1, 2020.
Weeks later, the Good Governance Platform-Ghana took interest in the matter. The Group noted that it is strange that the President gave such a directive and deceptively claim to have taken a cue from a similar action taken by late President Prof John Evans Attah Mills.
“Good Governance Platform-Ghana (GGPG) has learned with utter shock an unimaginable directive by the President, Nana Akufo Addo to the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo to proceed on a supposed accumulated leave”, a press release from the Group has said.
They explain per standard labor practice, accrued leaves which are not taken are accordingly forfeited and as such the AG must not be forced to proceed on leave especially in the manner it was carried out since the constitution does not support the action.
GGPG insists that the seeming connivance to variously frustrate the current AG and his work at a time corruption has engulfed Ghana leaves a lot to be desired.
Read the full statement from Good Governance Platform-Ghana below:
For Immediate Release
July 14, 2020
FRUSTRATING THE AUDITOR GENERAL IS INIMICAL TO GHANA'S SUCCESSFUL CORRUPTION FIGHT
GOOD GOVERNANCE PLATFORM-GHANA (GGPG) has learnt with utter shock an unimaginable directive by the President, Nana Akufo Addo to the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Dormelevo to proceed on a supposed accumulated leave.
Taking cognisance of the fact of good governance practices, it is strange that the President would give such a directive; deceptively claiming to have taken a cue from a similar action taken by Prof John Evans Attah Mills (late).
Per standard labour practice, accrued leaves which are not taken are accordingly forfeited and as such the AG must not be forced to proceed on leave especially in the manner it was carried out since the constitution does not support the action.
The records as we have under the late Prof. John Atta-Mills, the then Auditor General (AG), Edward Duah Agyemang who the action was directed was due for retirement and was asked to take his accumulated leave into retirement and not a leave to later return as we are witnessing in Mr Daniel Domelevo's case.
Again, it appears very troubling, unbelievable that the same Edward Duah Agyemang who among other things as an outgoing AG accused others of unfair treatment, will today as Board Chair of the same Audit Service connive with others to frustrate a succeeding Auditor General(AG) and his staff.
The natural expectation would have been that the former Auditor General (AG) would in the larger interest of Ghana, give his successor all the needed support to work but that is not to be.
GGPG has gathered that the by-force Presidential directive to the AG partly had to do with an indication to begin the Government's COVID-19 expenditures audit which the Government is seemed not prepared for.
One other thing which has now become a public knowledge; only 2 days into AG Daniel Domelevo's by force leave, Kroll & Associates and Senior Minister, Osafo Marfo are being given a clean bill of health by an Acting Auditor General.
As to whatever the real motives however are, we of GGPG do not believe it sends a good signal about a President who wants to fight corruption.
That this seeming connivance to variously frustrate the current AG and his work at a time corruption has engulfed Ghana, leaves a lot to be desired.
It is important to remind us that per article 187 of the 1992 Constitution prawns upon interferences in the work of the AG and accordingly provides as follows: "In the performance of his functions under this Constitution or any other law (including the labour law) the Auditor-General (a) shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.
GGPG which believes in good governance practices would like to indicate that it has taken a keen interest in the handling of the office and person of AG Daniel Yaw Domelevo in the past years to present and calling on the current and future governments to uphold the dictates of the constitution to ensure good governance and an appreciable democracy.