CSOs: Fast-Track Auditor General’s complaints

 Daniel Domelevo

Daniel Domelevo

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) dedicated to the fight against corruption in the country has urged the government to fast-track investigations into complaints of interference in the work of the Auditor-General.
“We have taken notice of the swift action of the President, once the matter became public, to investigate the matter, we urge the task is undertaken with alacrity to ensure the ongoing work of the Auditor General and morale of the service is not affected,” it said in a statement.

The Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo petitioned the President complaining the Board Chairman, Professor Edward Dua Agyeman is unlawfully interfering in his work making it difficult.
A letter from the Auditor General written to the President cited several instances of interference in his work by the Board Chairman, subsequently, the Presidency set-up a committee to investigate the concerns raised by Mr Domelevo.

“We consider the developments extremely troubling and a threat to the ongoing efforts by the Audit Service to protect the public purse and promote public accountability.

“Article 187 (7) of the 1992 Constitution is clear in the performance of his functions, the Auditor General ‘shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority’.”

“The coalition finds it unfortunate Professor Dua Agyeman, a former Auditor General, credited with initiating important reforms at the Audit Service has helped in building the institution to its current level is the one implicated in this worrying situation.

“The coalition wish to state unequivocally it holds Mr Domelevo and the staff of the Audit Service in high regard for the work they have embarked upon to ensure that our leaders are held accountable for how they utilise public resources.

“If we are to seriously achieve a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ we need stronger and more committed Audit Service and Auditor-General and we hope at the end of the process we will take positive steps in that direction,” the statement said.

Relatedly, Prof. Agyeman denied allegations he is interfering with the work of the Auditor General but rather alleged that the Auditor General is sidelining the board where they should be included in his work.

“We have also submitted a letter to the President concerning the same issues of non-cooperation, one of the issues is when he travels he doesn’t tell us, we don’t know when he travels and what he goes to do,” Prof. Agyeman noted. –citinewsroom.com

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