The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations Against Corruption has accused the Presidency and the Audit Service Board of unfairly targeting retired Auditor-General Daniel Yaw Domelovo.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, after a news conference, the Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement at the Centre for Democratic Development CDD-Ghana, said the sudden retirement of Mr Domelovo is not in accordance with the Constitution as it breaches Article 23 of the Constitution.

“The questions regarding Mr Domelevo’s date of birth which formed the recent basis for the President’s letter were not handled in accordance with the Constitutional directive in Article 23. The actions of the office of the President and the Audit Service affirm our belief that Mr Domelevo has been unfairly targeted.”

President Akufo-Addo on March 3 2021, directed the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo to proceed on retirement.

This directive came barely 16 hours after he returned from his 167-day accumulated leave.

Prior to his return on March 3, the Audit Service Board announced that the Auditor-General was deemed to have retired in June 2020 due to some anomalies in his personal records.

The Board alleged that records at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) provided by the Auditor-General indicated that his date of birth was 1960 when he joined the scheme on October 1, 1978.

Again the record also showed that the hometown of Mr Domelevo is Agbetofe in Togo; making him non-Ghanaian but on October 25, 1993, some changes were made.

While the date of birth changed to June 1, 1961, the hometown of the Auditor-General was now Ada in the Greater Accra Region.

Despite these reasons given by the Board, Dr. Kojo Pumpuni Asante believes that the President’s directive to the Auditor General, Daniel Yao Domelevo to proceed on retirement is unlawful.

He further stated that the country’s CSOs are unhappy with Mr Domelovo’s decision to exit quietly and are encouraging him to take up the case with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).