Representatives of civil society groups have hit the streets of Accra as they pile pressure on Auditor-General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu to exercise his powers of surcharge and disallowance.

The CSOs accuse him of blatantly refusing to use his surcharge powers since 2019, even after appeals and petitions by sections of the society for him to do so.

Last week, the Audit Service’s latest report also disclosed that the country saw financial irregularities to the tune of ¢17 billion.

Civil society protest Auditor-General's refusal to exercise surcharging powers

This was published in the Auditor General’s Report for 2021.

Although the revelation was shocking to many, Ghanaians are questioning why the Auditor General did not implement the initiative to surcharge institutions responsible for the lost revenue.

Civil society protest Auditor-General's refusal to exercise surcharging powers

It is against this backdrop that the anti-graft campaigners have taken to the street today.

The Coalition for Democratic Accountability and Inclusive Governance otherwise known as Citizen Coalition has declared today as ‘Red Monday’.

Civil society protest Auditor-General's refusal to exercise surcharging powers

Other groups present include the Ghana Centre for Democratic Governance (CDD-Ghana), Citizens Movement Against Corruption, Africa Education Watch, OccupyGhana, IMANI Africa, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) and many more.

Civil society protest Auditor-General's refusal to exercise surcharging powers

In the morning, the ‘We Be Citizens’ protest hit a brief snag as protesters were being prevented from converging inside the Efua Sutherland Park.

Again, the rains also threatened to disrupt the intended demonstration.

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