A former Deputy Transport Minister says government’s demand for the Auditor-General to proceed on an accumulated goes beyond an employer asking his employee to proceed on a leave.
Joyce Mongtari Bawah said the leave is an attack on Daniel Domelevo as an individual and not a demand for him to proceed on leave as an Auditor-General as government says.
“It actually transcends the office that he holds because if indeed all negotiations have broken down and it has been reduced to a subject of banter of letters and words from the Presidency to the Auditor-General and vice versa then it tells you that we have moved from where we talk about work ethics, responsibilities and the office to a very personal level now,” she said on JoyFM’s Super Morning Show.
President Akufo-Addo in June asked Auditor-General Daniel Domelevo to take an accumulated leave of 123 days which was later extended to 167 days, effective July 1.
The move was highly criticised by Civil Society Organisations who have further called for the reinstatement of Mr. Domelevo.
According to the CSOs President Akufo-Addo cannot ask the Auditor-General to proceed on leave when he has been assigned a special duty to investigate the payment of $1million to Kroll and Associates Limited by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo for some consultancy services.
The move has also been criticsed by some members of the NDC who say this is a strategy employed by government to shield the Senior Minster from being investigated on the matter.
Despite these accusations, President Akufo-Addo insists he cannot grant demands of persons calling for the reinstatement of the Auditor-General because the Constitution makes provision for him to take his forfeited leave.
Adding to voices against the move is Joyce Bawah who believes the move is to kick Mr Domelevo out of office.
“We’ve heard from Civil Society Organizations regarding the modus, the manner, the harshness, the acrimony, the intolerance, the manner in which this gentleman, in particular, is being treated: it must be personal. It certainly must be,” she said.