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Akufo-Addo’s ‘unholy’ comparison of Domelevo to ag. A-G ’embarrassing’ – Apaak

The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak, has described as “embarrassing”, the comments made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that acting Auditor-General Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu has done what his predecessor Daniel Domelevo could not achieve.

According to Dr Apaak, “this unholy crusade” exposes Nana Akufo-Addo as a president determined to fight those who are fighting corruption, be they heads of constitutional bodies in office or out of office, ordinary citizens or investigative journalists.

While speaking at a meeting with members of the Ghana National Anti-Corruption Coalition at the Jubilee House, the president said: “The Acting Auditor-General has demonstrated sufficient quality and independence of view”.

The president pointed out, Mr Akuamoah Asiedu “is responsible for some things that are unheard of”.

“In our history, the 12 statutory reports that have to be compiled and placed before Parliament in the year of Parliament, this is the first time it has ever been done”, the president said.

“Even the most touted Auditor-General before him never managed to do it and this one has done it”, Mr Akufo-Addo contrasted.

“I think on the basis of the work that he has done, the independence with which he has gone around with his work, if today efforts are made to confirm him, I believe it should be done, and that confirmation process will gather more public support”, he added.

Reacting to the President’s comment, Dr Apaak said there can be no doubt that Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo remains “the most effective, courageous and truly independent Auditor-General we have had so far in the history of the 4th Republic.”

According to Dr Apaak the real reason Mr Akufo-Addo hounded Mr Domelevo out of was that he had the courage to give effect to his mandate, including surcharging the then Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo, for the payment of $1 million to Kroll & Associates for no work done.

He further stated that the president’s assertion that the 12 statutory reports that have to be compiled and placed before parliament in the year of parliament, is the first of its kind is false.

Dr Apaak explained thus:

1) The Auditor-General is not required to present /submit a specific number of reports to Parliament on an annual basis;

2) All previous Auditor-Generals’ have met the constitutional requirement over the years;

3) The current Auditor General rather submitted the 2019 reports to Parliament in October 2020, four months after the required date, 30th June 2020.

To this end, the Builsa South lawmaker quizzed “So on what basis is Mr Akufo-Addo heaping praises on Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, whilst falsely and indirectly vilifying Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo?”

“The reputation, record, efficiency, courage and nationalistic attitude of Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo can never be questioned nor wished away with untruths. Posterity will judge Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo positively,” he noted in a statement.

Below are details of Dr APaak’s statement:

Protecting The Public Purse – Presidential Insincerity, Auditors-General And Their Work

Mr Akufo-Addo’s relentless effort to impugn the stellar and celebrated reputation of Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo, the Auditor-General he crudely hounded out of office, at every opportunity is embarrassing.

This unholy crusade exposes him as a President determined to fight those who are fighting corruption, be they heads of constitutional bodies in office or out of office, ordinary citizens or investigative journalists.

There can be no doubt that Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo remains the most effective, courageous and truly independent Auditor General we have had so far in the history of the 4th Republic.

The real reason why Mr Akufo-Addo hounded Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo out of office is well known. His only crime was that he had the courage to give effect to his mandate, including surcharging the then Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo, for the payment of 1 million dollars to Kroll and Associates for no work done.

Shortly after Mr Daniel Domelevo was forced to go on leave, and Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu took over as the Acting Auditor General, with unprecedented speed, the charge brought against the Senior Minister, Osafo Marfo, to refund the 1 million dollars to the state by Daniel Yaw Domelevo was reversed.

Akufo-Addo speaking in loftily about the current Acting Auditor General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, is because he is comfortable with his way of doing things. However, let me state emphatically that the attempt by Akufo-Addo to eulogise the current Auditor General exposes him even further.

Akufo-Addo said, “The Acting Auditor-General has demonstrated sufficient quality and independence of view. For instance, he is responsible for some things that are unheard of. In our history, the 12 statutory reports that have to be compiled and placed before Parliament in the year of Parliament, this is the first time it has ever been done.”

These claims are totally false and cannot be allowed to go uncontested:

1) The Auditor-General is not required to present /submit a specific number of reports to Parliament on an annual basis;

2) All previous Auditors-General have met the constitutional requirement over the years;

3) The current Auditor General rather submitted the 2019 reports to Parliament in October 2020, four months after the required date, 30th June 2020.

So, on what basis is Mr Akufo-Addo heaping praises on Mr Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, whilst falsely and indirectly vilifying Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo? The reputation, record, efficiency, courage and nationalistic attitude of Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo can never be questioned nor wished away with untruths.

Posterity will judge Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo positively. He was hounded out of office because he was determined to fight corruption, truly protect the public purse, something Mr Akufo-Addo was/is

opposed to by his actions since he and his Vice-president, Dr Bawumia, took over the governance of Ghana on January 7th, 2017.

Dr Clement Apaak

M.P for Builsa South

Member of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.

Source: Classfmonline.com

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