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We'II resist any attempt to get ''exceptional'' Domelevo removed-Tax Expert

Written by  Sep 13, 2018
A tax expert, Mr Kudjo Akpabey, has admonished Ghanaians to resist any attempt by individuals to get the Auditor-General, Mr Yaw Domelevo, removed from office. He told Rainbow Radio's Kwame Tutu that we shouldn’t allow people to orchestrate things to get Mr Domelevo removed. What the current Auditor-General is doing he indicated is unprecedented hence the need for Ghanaians to support him. He warned Ghana would be finished if we prevent the ‘’exceptional’’ Auditor-General from carrying out his constitutional duty. ‘’I have lived in this country for years and I can boldly say I have never seen any Auditor-General apart from Ahenkorah who was under former president Nkrumah-as bold as this one. I have written to the previous auditor generals; they will never even respond [but] this one is doing what he is supposed to do. I think the media and all of us [Ghanaians] must back and support him so that he does his work,’’ he posited. He advised the media to be circumspect and stop going after the Auditor-General or allow anyone to use the media to denigrate Mr Domelevo. ‘’Please media, go and support the Auditor-General. If this Auditor-General is not allowed to do his work; I do not want to be a prophet of doom but this country is finished if he [Domelevo] is not allowed to do is work.’’ He is also advocating for 24/7 security protection for Mr Domelevo. Mr Akpabey warned some of them maybe going to court if the undue interference is not stopped. Mr. Domelevo’s petition 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 10-point letter, levelled several allegations against Prof. Dua Agyeman including “manipulating the procurement process”, “attempting to commission an audit”, “interfering with audit process” and “unlawful circulation of audit circulations”. It cited an instance when he wrote to the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) for approval to do restricted tendering in accordance with Section 38 of the Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). He alleged, however, that the Board Chair instructed two of his subordinates- Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu; Deputy Auditor-General and Ebenezer Aglomasa, a Procurement Officer “to replace the approved firms with his choice” after approval was obtained from the PPA. “This was done without my knowledge and without going back to the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to change the list originally approved,” the letter stated and claimed that: “The Chairman admitted to the offense with the excuse that the law did not exist during his tenure of office as Auditor-General. 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 Agyekum 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. He said he sent a mail to the Board Chair to confirm the information he received from the DAG regarding this meeting. Mr Domelevo quotes Prof. Dua Agyeman as stating in his reply that “…the Chief Executive of NHIA came to him [Chairman] with audit observations that were of concern to the management of the NHIA and hence his directive to meet with the audit team."
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