Supreme Court declares Domelovo’s forced leave unconstitutional

Story: Yaw Takyi

The Supreme Court has ruled that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to force former Auditor General Daniel Domelovo to go on leave is unconstitutional.

In 2020, Domelovo was compelled by the presidency to take 169 working days of accumulated leave.

The Centre for Democratic Development and eight other Civil Society Organizations who described the move as an affront to the independence of the office applied to the Supreme Court for a declaration that the action by the President was unconstitutional and null and void.

The suit filed in October 2020 was necessitated by the failure of the president to rescind the directive after several appeals.

After a two-year hearing, the apex court delivered its judgment, upholding the plea of the applicants.

It would be recalled thatPresident, Nana Akufo-Addo, in June 2020, directed the Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, to proceed on his accumulated annual leave of 169 working days.

A statement from the Communications Directorate of the Jubilee House further directed Mr. Domelevo to hand over all matters relating to his office to his Deputy, Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu.

“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has directed Mr. Yaw Domelevo, the Auditor-General, to take his accumulated leave of 123 working days, according to records available to the Presidency, with effect from 1st July 2020.”

After a two-year hearing, the apex court delivered its judgment, upholding the plea of the applicants.

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