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Presidency must comply with the laws rather than breaking them – Domelevo

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Former Auditor-General Daniel Domelevo has said the Office of the President should be the one complying with the laws and not breaking them.

He said never again should any Auditor-General suffer his ordeal when he was removed from office either under this same government or future ones.

Welcoming the ruling by the Supreme Court that declared his removal as unconstitutional, Mr Domelevo told TV3 in an interview that “To be honest with you that is very unfortunate from my point of view because the highest office of the land,  the Office of the President should rather be seen as enforcing or complying with the laws of the land instead of being at the forefront of violating or breaking the laws.

“That is what disturbs me but I am happy to say that never again should that happen since it is the Supreme Court that has decided I am sure it will be upheld by this government and subsequent governments so no Auditor-General may face or suffer what I suffered, that is my happiness.”

The apex court gave the ruling on Wednesday, May 31.

It is recalled that President Akufo-Addp appointed an Acting Auditor-General after asking Mr Daniel Domelevo to take his accumulated annual leave of 123 working days on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

A statement released by the Presidency and signed by the Director of Communication, Eugene Arhin, on Monday, 29 June 2020, explained that the decision to direct Mr Domelevo to take his accumulated annual leave was based on Sections 20(1) and Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), which apply to all workers including public officeholders such as the Auditor-General.

Per the Act, a worker is entitled to annual leave with full pay, in a calendar year of continuous service which cannot be relinquished or forgone by the worker or the employer.

Mr Domelevo is said to have taken only nine working days of his accumulated annual leave of 132 working days since his appointment as Auditor-General on December 30, 2016.

The statement made reference to a 9th April 2009 directive by the third President of the 4th Republic, Prof John Evans Atta Mills, who asked then Auditor-General, Edward Duah Agyeman, to take his accumulated annual leave of approximately 264 working days.

“President Akufo-Addo paid attention to the precedent in directing the Auditor-General to take his accumulated annual leave of 123 working days,” the statement by the Jubilee House had said.

But the government was sued over this matter. The Attorney General’s Office was named as a defendant.

Nine Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who sued wanted the Supreme Court to rule that the President’s directive was inconsistent with or was in contravention of the letter and spirit of Article 187(7)(a) of the Constitution, 1992.

The office of the Auditor-General and Johnson Akuamoah who was the acting Auditor-General were also named as defendants.


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