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Over 2,700 Ghanaians sign petition demanding Domelevo’s recall

About 2,700 individuals have signed a petition calling on President Akufo-Addo to reconsider his directive for the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo to take his accumulated leave.

These calls follow similar moves by other civil society organisations demanding the A-G’s return from his 167 leave days.

According to the Presidency, the A-G has only taken nine working days of his accumulated annual leave since his appointment in December 2016.

Daniel Domelevo was to hand over all matters relating to his office to the Deputy Auditor-General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu until his return from his “well-deserved leave.”

But Mr Domelevo believes the decision was made in bad faith because his work is embarrassing the government.

The subsequent correspondence between the A-G and the Presidency has raised concerns among the public about implications for the anti-corruption fight.

The petitioners argued that the leave directive is “an unconstitutional and flagrant interference with the independence and mandate of the Office of Auditor-General” adding that it derails the gains made by the office in the fight against corruption in the country.

With over 2,700 signatories, the petitioners also wondered the “perception the Government expects the public to have of a decision now to send the Auditor-General on 167 days’ leave, preventing him from plugging leakages in public finances, while at the same time claiming to uphold that Auditor-General office’s important constitutional role of protecting the public purse to identify such leakages in the first place.”

“Mr President, this directive risks eroding the public’s faith in your commitment to fight corruption and destroying the goodwill your administration has enjoyed from Ghanaians throughout your tenure in office” they argued.

The petition, which was submitted to the Presidency July 8 encouraged President Akufo-Addo to rescind the decision.

“We urge you to consider our letter, review your decision, and revoke the directive to the Auditor General forthwith. We urge you to do so without requiring this matter to be challenged in Court, which would simply lead to increased concern and uncertainty over this matter and over the status of the office of Auditor-General.”

Click here to go to the petition

Source: Kenneth Awotwe Darko (myjoyonline.com)

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