Nine civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ghana have filed a suit against the directive by President Nana Akufo-Addo asking Auditor General Daniel Domelevo to proceed on leave.
Domelevo, Development Diaries understands, has been on mandatory leave since 01 July, 2020 following Akufo-Addo’s order.
It was gathered that an appeal by the civil society groups to have the decision rescinded was rejected by the presidency.
The CSOs challenging the president are Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII); Citizen Ghana Movement, Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP); Parliamentary Network Africa, Penplusbytes; Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), SEND Ghana; and One Ghana Movement.
‘We had hoped that the president would reconsider his decision in light of the deleterious effect of his action on public accountability and the fight against waste and corruption in the management of public finances’, the nine CSOs said in a joint statement.
‘Unfortunately, that has not happened. Instead, certain developments since the auditor-general was forced to leave his office have only gone to worsen the situation, leaving us with no option but to seek the intervention of the courts’.
They expressed concerns over the constitutional and governance implications of the president’s action, adding that both the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and the English-Speaking section of the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) also urged the president to reconsider his decision.
Source: Modern Ghana
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