The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says government’s decision for Auditor General Daniel Domelovo to go on leave does not in any way deflect its fight against corruption.
His comment comes after a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations demanded the return of Daniel Domelevo after President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered him to take his accumulated leave of 167 days.
According to the Coalition, the president’s action threatens the independence of the Auditor-General and undermines Ghana’s effort to fight corruption.
“The action gravely weakens the President’s fight against corruption and his standing in the eyes of the international community as someone committed to public accountability,” the coalition said at a press briefing.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah reacting to the statement of the coalition on Joy FM’s Top Story Tuesday said the Akufo-Addo administration is still committed to eradicating corruption in the country and further indicated that the arguments by the coalition on Mr Domelevo issue are simply opinions.
“It is 500 individuals who are in this Group and I am sure there will be another 500 individuals somewhere who will disagree with their view,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo asked the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo to proceed on his accumulated leave of 123 days which was further extended to 167 days on Friday, June 3, 2020.
The coalition has promised to go to Court for revision and further interpretation of the law should the government refuse to reconsider his decision.
In response to the coalitions threats, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said::
“But either as it may, we respect their views and opinions. It may not be in consonance with that of the Executive on this matter. So if they say they want to go to Court with the opinion that they hold, I don’t think anyone will disagree with them.”