The Minority Caucus in Parliament has hinted that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo intentionally sacked the embattled Auditor General, Mr. Daniel Domelevo, to cover him and his appointees’ tracks of massive corruption.
According to the group, due to the malfeasances, thievery, and non-adherence of financial regulations engulfed the Nana Addo led administration, Acting Auditor General who was put there to help Nana Addo and his appointees, has failed to submit to Parliament Audited Accounts of Government for the 2019 Financial Year as provided for in the Constitution and the Audit Service Act.
The Minority led by its leader and Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu is therefore demanding for the submission of the Audited Accounts of Government for the 2019 Financial Year as provided for in the Constitution and the Audit Service Act.
Addressing the media at a press conference in Parliament on Monday, September 28, 2020 Minority Leader is therefore calling on President Akufo-Addo and the Acting Auditor General to ensure that the Report is submitted to the Legislative house as soon as possible.
Mr. Iddrisu indicated that the President was condoning a breach of Article 187 (5) of the 1992 Constitution and the Audit Service Act, (Act 584) by causing the delay in the submission of the 2019 Report.
A delay which the Minority believes is a deliberate and an unpardonable constitutional breach which is a consequence of the Executive intrusion and interference with an independent constitutional institution, the Auditor General and the Audit Service.
Article 187 (5) of the Constitution provides that: “The Auditor General shall, within six months after the end of the immediately preceding financial year to which of the accounts mentioned in clause (2) of this article relates, submit his report to Parliament and shall, in that report, draw attention to any irregularities in the accounts audited and to any other matter which in his opinion ought to be brought to the notice of Parliament.”
According to the Tamale South Lawmaker, it was ironic for the Reports of the Auditor General for 2019 to fall into arrears following the directive by the President to the Auditor General to proceed on leave at the expense of the fight against corruption in the country.
“It ought to be noted that the Auditor General is enjoined to draw the attention of Parliament to instances where public monies are not properly accounted for or where there is deficiency through fraud, default or mistake by any person and that resources are used with due regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness,” he said.
In the view of the Minority, the abrupt and ill-advised decision of the President in directing the Auditor General to proceed on his accumulated leave was intended to gag the Auditor General in drawing attention to the many anomalies perpetrated by officials of the current government and to avoid further embarrassment in this election year.
“The Audited Report for the 2019 Financial Year which provides an expose on irregularities, financial malfeasance, misappropriations, embezzlement, and even extortion have not been submitted to Parliament. We have every reason to believe that this Government is covering up to avoid a potential embarrassment of what would be revealed in the Audited Accounts of 2019,” the Minority Leader observed.
Mr. Iddrisu noted in his conclusion that the Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Former President John Dramani Mahama, would uphold the principle to shine the light on wrong doing and financial malfeasance and not ask an Auditor General to proceed on leave.
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