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Abuse of power: Auditor General blows GH¢7.6m on cars

The Auditor-General Daniel Yaw Domelevo has spent a whopping GH¢7.6 million to purchase 27 vehicles for the Audit Service without going through the right tender processes, the Daily Guide newspaper is reporting.

The vehicles, which comprises five Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, one Toyota Land Cruiser V8 and 21 Toyota IMV Hilux Deluxe were purchased from the Audit Service’s 2017 budgetary allocation, as well as funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Land Cruiser V8 is valued at about GH¢529,805.

Although the procurement of the vehicles went through the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), the expenditure was well above the threshold of the Auditor-General, as well as the Entity Tender Committee of the Audit Service.

The Auditor-General, however, parried the allegations that he procured the vehicles and shifted the blame to his deputy who he did not name when contacted by the paper.

The purchases were made at a time Mr. Domelevo is said to be at loggerheads with members of the Governing Board of the Audit Service who have accused him of sidelining members in the running of the Service.

It is believed that Daniel Yaw Domelevo is running a one-man-show at the Audit Service and has promised to ignore all decisions of the board which he claims are contrary to the Constitution.

The Auditor-General, who is noted for quickly running to the media to publicize issues, claims to be independent and therefore the board has no oversight over him.

He has been accused of ignoring the inputs of the governing board of the Audit Service by taking unilateral decisions in contravention of the 1992 Constitution and the Audit Service Board.

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