The Audit Service Board Chairman, Prof. Dua Agyeman and other members of the board have petitioned President Akufo-Addo to investigate the Auditor-General, Mr Yaw Domelevo over alleged breaches of laid down procedures.
The petitioned signed by the Board Chairman and the other members among allegations against the Auditor-General include refusal to notify the board of his official trips abroad, his penchant for making public statements that were sometimes embarrassing to the Audit Service and inimical to the safety of staff of the Audit Service; publication and distribution of Audit Reports without recourse to the board as prescribed by law and lack of accountability and transparency.
The board members are also accusing Mr Domelevo of not recognising their role and procuring vehicles for the Audit Service without following due process.
“The Auditor-General has stated emphatically that he is not answerable to the board and will ignore decisions of the board. This attitude is unhealthy and will affect the efficiency of the administration of the service. The board, therefore, wishes to formally make this report to you and for your attention,” the letter said.
This petition is coming at a time the Auditor-General has also petitioned the president to probe the Board Chairman over interferences in his work.
Mr Domelevo in his petition accused Prof. Agyeman and the other board members of clothing themselves with non-existent powers in their bid to control him unconstitutionally.
“The Chairman and his allies are clothing themselves with powers to direct and control me unconstitutionally and this must stop. I have, therefore, served them with a notice that I will not obey any unlawful instructions from the Board, including existing and new decisions that are inconsistent with the Constitution as stated supra,” Mr Domelevo stated.
He 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).
The Auditor-General also accused Prof. Agyeman of holding a meeting with another Deputy Auditor-General, Blessed Baffuor-Atta, and others, to discuss the audit of metropolitan municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) liabilities without his knowledge.
“The DAG showed me a letter inviting the Chairman in his capacity as the Chairman of the Audit Service Board to that meeting," he stated.
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 Prof. Agyeman interfered in the work of the Audit Service by instructing a 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 (Mr Domelevo) was away in Kigali, Rwanda on official duties.
Prof. Agyeman has however denied all the allegations.
In an interview with Accra based Citi Fm, he said, “it is not that we do not want to work with him. He is insisting that he is not answerable to the Board and that whatever instructions we give he will not take.”
“I have explained the circumstances surrounding all [the concerns he has raised]. Nobody will undermine the Auditor-General for anything.”
Other signatories to the letter sent to the president by the board of the Audit service are Nana Kwasi Agyekum-Dwamena, Dennis K. Y. Vormawor, James Frempong, Joyce Opoku-Boateng and Emmanuel M. Owusu-Ansah.