The Board Chairman of the Audit Service Professor Edward Duah Agyemang has clarified circumstances leading to the directive by the President that the Auditor-General Daniel Yaw Domelevo to proceed on his accumulated leave.
He pointed out that Mr Domelevo had been reminded by the Board of Directors of the Audit Service to proceed on his leave but he had always declined, insisting that the Board had no power to ask him to do so because the Board did not appoint him.
This, he noted, left them with no option than to appeal to the President to ask him to take his leave given that the President is the appointing authority – one who appoints Auditor Generals.
The President has directed the Auditor General Yaw Domelevo to proceed on his accumulated leave citing a similar case in which the late former President John Atta-Mills had asked the then Auditor General Edward Duah Agyemang -now Board Chair – to proceed on leave.
This announcement was greeted with skepticism and criticism by many notable anti-corruption campaigners.
But Prof Duah Agyemang explained that the Board was left with no option: “What happened in this situation is that we had discussed leave schedules for all staff, and when it came to the Auditor General we asked him when is he ready to go on leave…He said we cannot ask him to go on leave because we did not appoint him, so anytime we told him to go on leave he will say he will not go because we did not appoint him so now it is the appointing authority who has asked him to go,” he told Joy FM in an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com
Daniel Yaw Domelevo, hailed by many for his ‘anti-corruption’ audits that have exposed rots in high places, has been on a collision course with the Executive since he assumed office and began making comments on some of the audits in the public sector.
He is famed for surcharging the Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo to the tune of $1million over his involvement in payments made to KROLL Associates without evidence of work done.
Several academics and notable anti-corruption campaigners have kicked against the directive by the President that he proceed on leave.