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Akufo-Addo sacked Dumelovo to cover Govt’s corrupt deals – ASEPA

Executive Director of pressure group Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson says the Akufo-Addo administration forcibly retired former Auditor-General, Daniel Domelovo, to cover up its corrupt deals.

He said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government deliberately pursued Domelovo to oust him from office after he exposed the corruption in the Kroll and Associates deal which implicated former Senior Minister Yaw Safo Maafo.

This comes after Domelovo was retired by President Akufo-Addo almost two years after an Auditor General’s findings in 2019 accused the government of paying a private firm, Kroll and Associates US$1 million for no work done.

Domelevo had indicted the Ministry of Finance and the Senior Minister accusing them of contracting Kroll Associates in 2017 to recover assets from identified wrongdoers; investigate allegations of wrongdoing among others, paid the company an amount of US$1 million (equivalent of GH¢4,890,000), yet there was no evidence of work done.

The Senior Minister and four other officials from the Ministry of Finance sued  to clear their names in relation to what was said to be breaches of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) that resulted in their payment of US$1 million to a private UK firm, Kroll and Associates.

The High court last October cleared Osafo Maafo and five other who were accused in a surcharge issued by Domelevo.

He was later forced by the president to go for leave, raising eyebrows and subsequently infuriating corruption fighters.

Commenting on the retirement of the anti cooruption crusader, Mensah Thompson said, “Who in this country doesn’t know that the Auditor General is out of office today because of the Kroll and Associates issue which he surcharged the Minister?”

“We know that all these investigations and scrutiny started immediately after that action he took. Before he surcharged the Senior Minister he didn’t have age issues? He didn’t have issues of his nationality?” he fumed.

Thompson in an interview with Eric Ahianyo on Morning Update alleged the Akufo-Addo government had an agenda to stay in power beyond a term at all cost hence some people in government had to force Domelovo to go on leave before the elections so as to prevent any further exposè from him.

“Putting the Auditor-General through such actions could rather disable him from carrying out his constitutional mandate,” he explained.

Bi-Partisan Approach to Fight Corruption

Meanwhile anti-Corruption Campaigner, Vitus Azeem has suggested a way Ghana can win its fight against the country’s deep-rooted and institutionalized corruption.

In an interview on happy FM, he said the country can adopt the best practices which have been effective in other countries, especially the use of “bipartisan groups for appointments into anti-corruption institutions”.

According to him, such appointments will solely be merit-based, adding “Because these heads belong to no political parties, it’ll be difficult for them to suffer interference”.

nti-Corruption Campaigner, Vitus Azeem has suggested a way Ghana can win its fight against the country’s deep-rooted and institutionalized corruption.

He believes the country can adopt the best practices which have been effective in other countries, especially the use of “bipartisan groups for appointments into anti-corruption institutions”.

According to him, such appointments will solely be merit-based.
“Because these heads belong to no political parties, it’ll be difficult for them to suffer interference”.

He gave this alternative to fighting corruption because he believes President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to the fight is unsatisfactory.

“His actions are not that of an individual who pledged to fight corruption. It is sad he interfered in the work of an independent body and such an action is against the constitution. He has interfered in the fight against corruption and the work of the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelovo. The President refused to heed to advice when he set off on the wrong path and has acted with impunity against the law”.
Vitus Azeem argues this can only be made possible if some constitutional amendments are made.

“His actions are not that of an individual who pledged to fight corruption. It is sad he interfered in the work of an independent body and such an action is against the constitution. He has interfered in the fight against corruption and the work of the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelovo. The President refused to heed to advice when he set off on the wrong path and has acted with impunity against the law,” he said.

 

Source: Ghana|Myxyzonline.com

 

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