Ghana’s CSO’s challenge Presidential directive requiring Auditor General to proceed on leave
Civil Society Organizations in Ghana have invoked the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court challenging a Presidential directive requiring the Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo to proceed on leave
Ghana’s President,Nana Akuffo Addo in July 2020 ordered the auditor General through a memo to proceed on involuntary leave following which he has appointed Johnson Aseidu as Acting Auditor General. The Coalition of CSO’s which comprises nine organizations including, Ghana Integrity Initiative(GII), Citizen Ghana Movement, Ghana Centre for Democratic Development(CDD), Send Ghana, Media Foundation for West Africa(MFWA) amongst others expressed concern over the President’s actions, calling on him to rescind the decision
However after several appeals by other bodies including both the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and the English Speaking section of the African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI) the President is yet to renounce his decision. “We had hoped that the President would reconsider his decision in the light of the deleterious effect of his action on public accountability and the fight against waste and corruption in the management of public finances,” the statement said.
According to the CSO’s certain developments that have occurred since the auditor General was forced to leave his office have worsened the situation compelling them to seek the intervention of the courts. “It is our fervent hope that through the legal action we can safeguard the independence of the office of the Auditor-General and all Independent constitutional offices established under the Constitution of the 4th Republic so that they can discharge their lawful mandates effectively”. Please find below a statement