The Information Minister says government’s decision for Auditor General Daniel Domelovo to go on leave does not derail its fight against corruption.
His comment comes after a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) demanded the return of Mr Domelevo after President Nana Akufo-Addo asked him to take his accumulated leave of 167 days.
The act, according to the Coalition, threatens the independence of the Auditor-General and downplays Ghana’s effort to fight corruption.
“The action gravely weakens the President’s fight against corruption and his standing in the eyes of the international community as someone committed to public accountability,” the Group said at a press briefing.
But reacting to this, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Joy FM’s Top Story Tuesday said the Akufo-Addo administration is still committed to eradicating corruption in the country.
He indicated that the arguments highlighted by the CSOs on Mr Domelevo issue are merely opinions.
“If it is their view that the action should not have been exercised because in their opinion it will undermine Ghana’s ranking on international platforms when it comes to anti-corruption fights, I am sure there will be others who will disagree with that.
“It is 500 individuals who are in this Group and I am sure there will be another 500 individuals somewhere who will disagree with their view,” he stated.
On Monday, June 29, President Akufo-Addo asked the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo to take his accumulated leave for 123 days which was extended to 167 days on Friday, June 3, 2020.
Ghanaians received the news on the President’s decision with mixed reactions.
But for the 500 member CSOs, they have pledged to go to Court for redress and further interpretation of the law should government refuse to reconsider its decision.
Commenting on this, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said government will not stand in the way of anybody who seeks to go to Court on the matter.
For him, the judiciary is the only way the current disagreement on the Presidency’s decision can be arbitrated.
“But either as it may, we respect their views and opinions. It may not be in consonance with that of the Executive on this matter. So if they say they want to go to Court with the opinion that they hold, I don’t think anyone will disagree with them.”