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Auditor-General is biting so they want to remove him from office-IMANI Africa boss

Written by  Sep 13, 2018
IMANI Africa President, Franklin Cudjoe has said the interferences in the work of the Auditor General by Board Chairman of the Audit Service is an attempt to get him removed from office. He told Kwame Tutu in an interview that, Mr Yaw Domelevo, has started biting at the ruling party and because they see him as threat, they want to get him removed from office. He was responding to the petition sent to the president by the Auditor-General over interferences in his work by the Board Chairman. The petition, dated July 27, 2018 requests the President to intervene in the “unlawful interferences” by the Board Chairman of the Ghana Audit Service whom the Auditor-General accusing of manipulating the procurement processes among others. Mr. Domelevo’s petition also accused the Chairman and his allies of clothing themselves with powers to direct and control him unconstitutionally. He is vowing he will “not obey any unlawful instructions from the Board, including existing and new decisions that are inconsistent with the Constitution…” The Auditor-General also accused Prof. Dua Agyeman of holding a meeting with another Deputy Auditor-General, Blessed Baffuor-Atta and others, “to discuss the audit of MMDAs liabilities without my knowledge”. “The DAG showed me a letter inviting the Chairman in his capacity as the Chairman of the Audit Service Board to that meeting." According to Mr. Domelevo, when he questioned the Chairman where his mandate to audit in the Public Service and the reasons for calling the DAG to that meeting without his knowledge emanated from, the response he had was that: “he thought the audit in question was below my level as the Auditor-General”. In another instance, the Auditor-General said the Board Chair, who served as Auditor-General between 2001 and 2009 in the administration of President John Agyekuma Kufuor, instructed another Deputy Auditor-General, Mrs Roberta Assiamah-Appiah to invite an audit team conducting special audit at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to a meeting while he was away in Kigali, Rwanda. Responding to the petition, Mr Cudjoe said, if the president is serious about the fight against corruption, he must intervene. In his view, not even the Special Prosecutor can do what Mr Domelevo is doing. ‘’The man has started biting and because he is biting, they want to kick him out.'' According to him, the corporate structure under the current leadership is weak and the major problem leading to some fights in institutions could be attributed to selfishness. He took a swipe at the Board Chair and said, ‘’he did nothing as an Auditor-General. He did not surcharge corrupt people.’’ ‘’It is offensive and I think that the president should make sure that the man [Domelevo] stays in office. If they allow this man to be removed, that would be the end of the fight against corruption. We have to encourage the Auditor-General so the Special Prosecutor would also be encouraged…the man has started biting and because of that, they want to kick him out. It would be a grave mistake for the president to do that,’’ he stated. Meanwhile, the IMANI Africa boss has launched a campaign and encouraged Ghanaians to stand with the Auditor-General on Facebook. The post read: ‘’Dear Mr President, if you look on for the Auditor-General to be harassed by the board and chair of the audit service, you would have killed the last pillar in the fight against graft and kissed your fight against procurement theft goodbye. I am hopeful you will intervene and push back those unjustly baying for the Auditor-Genera’s blood. And frankly, I di not understand why the Daily Guide newspaper is on a mission to destroy the Auditor-Genera. Fortune Alimi my friend, what is going on? IMANI folks are not pleased at all. I urge everyone to share this post and say IstandbttheAuditorGeneral.’’
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