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Auditor-General ‘rejects’ proceed on leave directive, set to return to work on July 20

The Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo has written a letter in response to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s directive to him to proceed on his accumulated leave.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ordered the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo to proceed on his leave which has accrued to 123 days.

According to the statement signed by Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, per the records available, the leave will take effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Since his appointment on December 30, 2016, Mr Daniel Domeleve has taken only 9 days of his annual 132 leave days.

The president’s decision was based on sections 20(1) and 31 of the Labour Act, 2003(Act 651).

But in a letter replying the President, Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo-Addo argued that based on recent labour law and practice,“no worker is deemed to have accumulated any leave on account of their having failed, omitted, neglected or even refused to enjoy their right to annual leave, which the law guarantees for their benefit, not the employer”.

The Auditor-General said he suspects witch-hunting in the recent directive because of utterances by some of the President’s Ministers indicates that his work embarrasses the government and that’s the only reason why he has been asked to proceed on leave.

He reminded the President that the move to bundle him out of office is unconstitutional and needs to be dropped.

“Be that as it may, the directive that I proceed on leave amd hand “over all matters relating to the office to Mr. Johnson Akuamoah” with all due respect has serious implications for the constitutional independence of the office of the Auditor General.”

He therefore called on government to rethink its decision saying “I consider it an honour to be of service to the State and urge that you reconsider the directive in order to protect the sanctity of the labour law, the constitution and the independence of the Auditor-General which is of utmost importance in so far as ensuring that the constitutional principles of probity, transparency and accountability are concerned”.

 

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