Auditor-General Mr. Daniel Domelevo has asked the public to ignore news circulating on social media that he is set to resume work tomorrow (Monday, January 11, 2021, because his accumulated leave has ended.
News published by some portals had claimed that Mr. Domelevo is scheduled to return from his accumulated 167 days leave tomorrow.
But Mr. Domelevo has in a post on his official Facebook page denied the reports saying his leave will end on March 2 and he will officially resume work on March 3, 2021.
“Please ignore the news circulating that I will be resuming work tomorrow, 11 January 2021. The 167 working days leave ends on 2nd March and I will resume work on the 3rd. Thanks”, his post read.
The President on June 29, 2020, directed Mr. Domelevo to take an accumulated annual leave of 123 days effective July 1, 2020.
The directive by the President was in line with sections 20 (1) and 31 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) which apply to all workers, including public office holders such as the Auditor-General.
But Mr. Domelevo on July 3, 2020, wrote to the Presidency urging the President to have a second look at the directive ordering him to proceed on his accumulated leave.
Mr. Domelevo at the time averred that the directive by the President was unconstitutional and not in the best interest of the very he occupied.
However, the Presidency replied on July 3, 2020, indicating that the Office of the President has decided to increase the accumulated annual leave of the Auditor-General from the initial 123 to 167 working days.
The new directive per the contents of the reply had included his period of leave for the year 2020 other than the earlier directive which only calculated the accumulated leave days from 2017 to 2019.