July 5, 2020

Vice Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Edward Kaale-Ewola Dery is of the view that there is an under pinning issue to President Nana Akufo-Addo’s directive to the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo to take is accumulated leave.

According to him, he was not shocked when he saw the directives from the President because it is normal for civil servants to go on leave including the President himself, but his worry has to do with the timing.

“Under the circumstances and what is happening in the country, he Domelevo is on the neck of government officials. It is possible they would not want him back, someone who is fighting corruption. The President should, rather encourage him if he is serious about fighting corruption and not be hiding under accumulated leave”.

Mr. Dery further argued in an interview that Ghanaians are aware of what is happening, and with the COVID-19 funds that was approved by parliament and contribution of private and public institutions little can be accounted for it.

“Can you tell how much has been mobilized and how much has been spent of COVID-19 fight in the country? We were here when they were supplying food, how many days did they supply food to the needy. How much was allocated to this exercise and Domelevo has been asked to go on leave so that someone can do whatever they want to do?”

Again, today corruption is monumental, people do not see anything wrong with what is happening.
If the Auditor-General does not speak for Ghanaians who would speak for Ghanaians?

As someone who has worked with the Audit Service he noted that the deputies can do a good job in the  absence of Domelevo, “in the eyes of Ghanaians we think there is something that government is hiding”.

“When he is tackling issues with the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo and told him he would cough out money, and when we talked about accountability in Ghana is that the path to go and people cannot have free mind to do their work?”

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com