President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to force former Auditor General Daniel Domelovo to go on leave is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The ruling the court a case filed before it by the Centre for Democratic Development and eight other Civil Society Organizations.
The CSOs went to court after Mr. Dumelovo was ordered to resign.
The CSOs described the decision as an affront to the independence of the office applied to the Supreme Court for a declaration that the action by the President was unconstitutional and null and void.
The suit, filed in October 2020, was prompted by the president’s failure to rescind the directive following several appeals.
After a two-year hearing, the Supreme Court issued its decision, upholding the applicants’ plea.
The court declared that the directives were unlawful since the President does not have the power to exercise such disciplinary control over independent bodies.
The Court, however, did not issue any other orders including stopping Mr Domelevo from proceeding on leave since he has since retired.
The case was heard by Justices Nene Amegatcher, Prof Ashie Kotey, Mariama Owusu, Lovelace Johnson, Gertrude Torkonoo, Prof Henrietta Mensah Bonsu and Emmanuel Kulendi.