The Parliamentary Affairs Minister has cautioned the Auditor-General against the going to town with findings of his audit report without recourse to Parliament.
Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu said the “naming and shaming” by Daniel Yao Domelevo doesn’t go down well in some cases where contrary evidence is later provided on allegations already made.
“In an established democracy, the Auditor-General is a tool for Parliament in the performance of our oversight responsibilities. It is for that reason that the constitution provides that whenever the Auditor-General has finished his work, the destination is Parliament. You submit your report to Parliament and Parliament must act on that,” he said.
The Suame legislator’s comments follow the war of words between Mr Domelevo and some activists of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Auditor-General slapped the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, for a wrongful payment to Kroll and Associate without following due process.
But Yaw Osafo-Maafo in a letter addressed to the Auditor General dated October 8, 2019, sought to set the record straight on the matter.
The Senior Minister has moved to challenge a $1million surcharge against him.
A statement from Yaw Osafo Maafo Wednesday said he has instructed his lawyers “to commence legal process to challenge a disallowance and surcharge imposed…by the Auditor General…”
At a media engagement between the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and members of the Parliamentary press corps, Mr Mensah-Bonsu who doubles as the Majority Leader expressed concerns over the modus operandi adopted by Mr Domelevo.
“When Parliament has taken a decision on that, Parliament then rounds up civil society organisations and indeed media practitioners to enforce whatever they will uphold in the Auditor-General’s report.
“But increasingly, we are finding situations where the Auditor-General after they finish with the work before they transmit it to Parliament, will organise press conferences and take some people to the cleaners,” he explained further.
“In many instances when the report has come to Parliament we find out that many times the Auditor-General has gotten it wrong and yet he has gone out there to scandalise and vilify personalities, what happens? This causes a bit of tension,” he stated.
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