Ranking member on parliament’s finance committee, Cassiel Ato Forson has said that the decision by President Akufo Addo to ask the auditor general, Daniel Domelevo to proceed on leave is an attempt to frustrate him.
According to him, “it has always been the motive of the Akufo Addo/Bawumia government to frustrate Mr. Domelevo, due to the wonderful work he is doing exposing the rot in Government and often clashing with those at the helm of affairs”.
Stressing that “government was never serious about the fight against corruption but this move exposes the government for what it is: a complete sham and disaster which is clutching at straws on its way out”.
A statement from the Presidency on Monday, June 29 directed the Auditor-General to proceed on a 123-day leave from Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
“The President’s decision to direct Mr. Domelevo to take his accumulated leave is based on Sections 20 (1) and 31 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), which apply to workers, including public office holders such as the Auditor-General.”
“According to the Act, a worker is entitled to annual leave with full pay, in a calendar year of continuous service which cannot be relinquished or forgone by the worker or the employer,” the statement said.
It added that Mr. Domelevo must hand over all matters relating to his office to his Deputy, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu.
The development has since generated heated conversations on social media with many accusing the government of bad faith and employing a tactic to remove the Auditor-General from office for being critical of state spending.