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CSOs drag President to Supreme Court over Auditor-General’s leave

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Nine Civil Society Organizations has dragged the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to the Supreme Court over his decision for the Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo get on a compulsory leave of 167 days.

The CSOs include Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Media Foundation for West Africa, Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), Parliamentary Network Africa, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Citizen Movement Ghana, SEND Ghana, Penplusbyte and One Ghana Movement.

A statement from the group announcing the writ filed at the court on Monday, October 26, 2020 said “We had hoped that the President will 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.  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 court.”

“It is our fervent hope that through this legal action, we can safeguard the independence of the office of the Auditor-General and all independent constitutional offices established under the constitution of the 4th Republic so that they can discharge their lawful mandate effectively without fear or favour and thereby play their respective parts in a collective effort to build and strengthen the pillars of constitutionalism, checks and balances and accountability in Ghana,” the statement further stated.

The President directed Mr Daniel Yao Domelevo to proceed on leave on July 1, 2020 and asked him to hand over to his deputy who is acting in his position.

Source: Ghana Waves

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