The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has expressed disgust at the manner in which the Audit Service Board is treating Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo ahead of his return to post.
According to the Director of Advocacy, Dr. Kojo Pumpuni Asante, the board led by its chairman is bent on continuing “this very shameful behaviour.”
The Auditor-General was forced to take is mandatory accumulated leave last year in an unprecedented move which many have criticised as detrimental as far as the country’s anti-graft fight is concerned.
As his 167 leave days elapses, Mr Domelevo is expected to hit the ground running Wednesday March 3, 2021.
However, the Audit Service Board has already raised concern over his age and eligibility to remain in the workforce.
In a three-page letter addressed to Mr. Domelevo, the Audit Service Board explained that personal records available to the Public Service of Ghana indicates that his retirement date was June 1, 2020.
The development follows series of letters between the Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Prof. Edward Dua Agyeman and Mr. Domelevo.
In an earlier letter dated February 26, 2021, the Audit Service Board said it had discovered some irregularities and anomalies and requested an explanation.
But explaining the purported anomalies, Mr. Domelevo said his grandfather was a native of Ada in the Greater Accra Region but migrated to Togo and stayed at Agbetofe.
On the issue of his date of birth, Mr. Domelevo said he noticed that 1960 was a mistake “when I checked my information in the baptismal register of the Catholic Church in Adeemmra.”
But speaking on JoyNews, Dr Asante sees a distasteful attempts by the Chairman of the board to stop the Auditor-General from performing his duties.
“It seems like the only job the Audit Service is doing is to stop the Auditor General from working. They seem to have a lot of time to do this. It’s very disappointing.”
“For me its just ridiculous and adds to the fuss around this whole issue,” he added.
Also on the show, President of Imani Centre for Policy and Education Franklin Cudjoe, called on President Akufo-Addo to demonstrate his commitment to the anti-graft fight by calling the audit boss to order.
“I thought the President can put his foot on the ground and say this craziness must end,” he said of the development which he describing as comic in nature.