Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has accused functionaries and spokespersons of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of attempting to place a spin on the letter released by the Acting Auditor-General concerning the documents provided by Senior Minister, Osafo-Maafo.
According to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the activities of these persons fix the current discussions surrounding the accumulative leave of the Auditor General in a certain narrative which might not exactly be the case.
The Acting Auditor-General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu on Monday said he is satisfied with documents provided by the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo in defence of his $1m surcharge in the Kroll Associate deal.
According to him, the process was satisfactory and has proposed that the Supreme Court be informed appropriately about the development.
This comes a day after the substantive Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Demelevo had been ordered to take his 123 accumulated annual leave by the president, starting July 1.
In an exchange of letters with the presidency, the leave period was extended to 167 days to include that of 2020.
Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, the Information Minister stated that the discussion should be concentrated on the legal and factual matters arising as a result of the Auditor General’s accumulated leave and not spins.
“This spin that some very senior persons want to put on the carefully released one-sided letter of the acting Auditor-General to create an impression and I mean let’s be honest and blatant with it, you’d recall how you had senior NDC functionaries and spokespersons tweeting and sharing this letter on social media as though they had discovered a smoking gun.
“These things must be discouraged because it then fixes into a certain narrative or helps to fan a certain narrative that may not be exactly the case,” the Information Minister explained on July 7, 2020.
Emphasising the need to desist from conjecture, Mr Oppong Nkrumah further explained that, “let us stay with the legal and the factual matters that are in dispute here and for example the legal and factual matters that are in dispute here are whether or not there’s something like accumulated leave, whether or not it is unconstitutional for the executive branch of government to have this view of the law.”