The co-founder and Executive Director of Afrobarometer, Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi has slammed President Nana Akufo-Addo for the removal of the Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelovo.
According to Prof Gyimah-Boadi, the action of the President in the Domelovo debacle has completely ruined his anti-corruption credibility and questions the president’s commitment in the corruption fight.
“As for the President’s credibility in terms of anti-corruption, I am afraid to say it is in tatters. It has been in tatters for a while but this puts a nail in the coffin. I see Domelevo as a victim of well-orchestrated actions by individuals who are [government] officials and by state institutions,” Prof. Gyimah-Boadi said in an interview on Citi FM Wednesday.
He added “Mr. Domelevo was exercising proper constitutional and legal oversight and officials and institutions that Mr. Domelevo has sought to hold to account. The man was doing his best to protect the public purse to claim surcharges for improperly spent public funds. One who is trying to fight corruption is one who is being persecuted and hounded out of office.”
The immediate past Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo was asked to proceed on compulsory leave on July 1, 2020, for 167 days.
A day before he was expected to resume work on March 2, 2021, it became public that the board had written to inform the appointing authority, the President, that Mr Domelevo had reached retirement age.
The board said it had found that Mr Domelevo had changed his date of birth on the records of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) from June 1, 1960 to June 1, 1961 which was not consistent with the personal records of Mr Domelevo in the Public Services of Ghana.
The President subsequently wrote to Mr Domelovo to inform him that he had reached retirement age and thanked him for his service despite public outcry.