Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) in Ghana have declared their support for embattled Auditor General of Ghana Mr. Yaw Domelevo who has been ordered by the President to take his accumulated leave.
Civil Society groups in the country have launched a harsh tag campaign dubbed; #BringBackDomelevo in solidarity with the Auditor General who has been directed by the president to take his accumulated leave.
Mr. Domelevo a week ago was asked by the president’s office to take an accumulated leave of 123 days and hand over his desk to his deputy.
The Auditor General in a response to the directive said the government’s action was in bad faith. In its defense, the government explained the leave was necessary and in respect of the country’s labour laws.
The ongoing development has been largely criticized by anti-graft campaigners and institutions who say the president’s action is a smack in the face of the corruption fight.
The close to 500 CSOs representation across the country including the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and Imani Africa stated at a press conference on Tuesday that they were sad, disappointed and extremely concerned about the decision taken by the President regarding Mr. Domelevo’s accumulated leave.
Dr. Kojo Pumpuni Asante of the CDD-Ghana, who addressed the media on behalf of the anti-corruption CSOs,’ said such actions only weakened the quest for good democratic governance grounded in the principle of checks and balances, rule of law and the pursuit of public accountability.
The anticorruption CSOs hinted that they will be going to the Supreme Court over the issue since such precedent may become a yard stick for any government to interfere with the independence of state institutions whose functions are clearly spelt out and protected by the 1992 constitution of Ghana.
The Auditor General, Yaw Domelevo was appointed by then president John Mahama few days before he exited power. Since assumption he has saved the country over 3.4 Billion Ghana cedis.
His anti-corruption fight has brought him into conflicts with the audit service board, chaired by Prof. Agyeman Duah and high profile politicians like the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo in the Kroll Associates case which is currently in court.
Story By: Nelson Nyadror Adanuti