The Coalition of Civil Society Organization Against Corruption has expressed its disappointment in what it describes as the ‘forced retirement’ of the former Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo.
The Coalition in a press release dated Friday, March 5, 2021, stated that the ‘forced retirement’ of Mr Domelevo was constitutionally perverse and sends wrong signals about President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to fight against corruption and uphold the rule of law.
“The Coalition is extremely disappointed about this development, especially the manner in which the matter has been handled by the Presidency acting in concert with the Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Professor Edward Agyapong,” the Coalition stated.
“This action by the Office of the President practically eviscerates the independence of the Office of the Auditor General and other independent constitutional bodies,” the Coalition added.
The CSOs further expressed their disappointment at the Supreme Court for delaying 2 suits they filed challenging the ‘forced accumulated leave’ Mr. Domelevio was asked to proceed on.
A letter dated March 3, 2021 reads, “The attention of the President of the Republic has been drawn to records and documents made available to this Office by the Audit Service, that indicate that your date of birth is June 1, 1960, and that in accordance with article 199 (1) of the Constitution, your date of retirement as Auditor-General was June 1, 2020,” the letter signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo Wednesday, the Secretary to the President announced.
By extension, therefore, “the President is of the view that you have formally left office.”
It added that Johnson Akuamoa-Asiedu will continue to act as Auditor-General until the President appoints a substantive head.
But the CSOs in their statement described this as an affront to good governance and the fight against corruption.