Domelevo explains leave directive: I was embarrassing govt

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The Auditor-General Daniel Yao Domelevo has pooh-poohed on the president’s directive asking him to take his “accumulated leave”, asserting that the decision was taken in “bad faith”.

The man touted as anti-corruption crusader was on Monday instructed by President Nana Akufo-Addo to go on compulsory leave after accumulating it for 123 days.

Read: Akufo-Addo directs Auditor-General to go on 6-months leave

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But Mr. Domelevo in a letter addressed to the Secretary to the President indicated that the government was uncomfortable with his works which exposed wrongdoers, even in government.

“Previous correspondence from the Chairman of the Audit Service Board (who works at the Office of the Senior Minister) together with public pronouncement by Ministers make it clear that the Auditor-General’s work is embarrassing the government,” he said in his letter

Faulting the government’s action, the Auditor-General pointed out that the directive, “with all due respect has serious implications for the constitutional independence of the office of the Auditor-General”.

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He also accused the government of being selective in applying the labour law, wondering why other appointees who have also accumulated their leave were not asked to proceed on leave.

“The office must have been aware also that several appointees of the President, have not, since the year 2017 taken their annual leave to date. The direction therefore that I proceed on leave, oblivious of the other workers similarly circumstanced, gives the impression that the decision is not taken in good faith.”

 Find Mr. Domelevo’s letter below

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