Private legal practitioner and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Zebilla, John Ndebugre has advised Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelovo to rather seek redress at the court against his directive to go on 123 working days accumulated leave instead of fighting President Akufo-Addo.
According to him, though Mr. Domelovo has a point against the way he was asked to proceed on leave, the President has power to direct him to go on leave if he has not done so.
“There is a point there about the President overdoing things and making those directives; maybe he [Akufo-Addo] should have gone to court to get a court order to compel him [Domelovo] to go on leave, but the President is short-circuited. And so, the solution for Mr. Domelovo is also to go to court and challenge the President rights to order him to go on accumulated leave”, Mr. Ndebugre who is a member of the NPP but has a largely independent mind said on Accra based Citi FM, monitored by MyNewsGh.com
Explaining further, he said “this is a matter of procedure. If you go to court, let’s say the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court declares that the President’s order was void, it will be void. I don’t think the way he is proceeding will help him because what he is implying to do is he is going to go on this 2020 leave, exhaust it and attempt to come back to the office; and he would be debarred… he will not be allowed to enter the office. So, his solution is to go to the court and challenge the procedure the President has adopted.”
“I agreed that because it is an independent office [Auditor General office], maybe the President ought not to by Executive Fiat order him to go on leave. He should have gone to court for a court order and tell him [Domelovo] to go on leave. And if he [Akufo-Addo] went, he would be able to secure that order because every worker is supposed to go on leave every year.”