Prof Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, co-founder and executive director of Afrobarometer has stated that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has lost the fight against corruption following the recent auditor general’s saga.
Speaking in an interview on Citi Tv, the executive director of Afrobarometer was unhappy with the circumstances surrounding the retirement of the immediate past auditor general Daniel Yao Domelevo.
“As for the president’s credibility in terms of anti-corruption, I am afraid to say it is in tatters. It has been in tatters for a while but this puts a nail in the coffin. I see Domelevo as a victim of well-orchestrated actions by individuals who are [government] officials and by state institutions,” he said.
“Domelevo was exercising proper constitutional and legal oversight [over] officials and institutions that he has sought to hold to account. The man was doing his best to protect the public purse to claim surcharges for improperly spent public funds. One who is trying to fight corruption is one who is being persecuted and hounded out of office,” Gyimah-Boadi added.
Prof Gyimah-Boadi questioned why an anti-corruption crusader like Yao Domelovo could be forced to retire despite the president’s stance against corruption. Civil society groups have recently condemned circumstances leading to the immediate past auditor general’s retirement describing it as unlawful.
You retired in June
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last week notified Daniel Yao Domelevo that he cannot hold himself as the auditor-general again since official records show he retired on 1 June 2020.
According to a letter addressed to Domelevo dated 3 March 2021 and signed by secretary to the president Nana Bediatuo Asante, the embattled auditor-general’s date of birth is 1 June 1960 which therefore means his retirement was due last year June.
“The attention of the President of the Republic has been drawn to records and documents made available to this Office by the Audit Service, that indicate that your date of birth is 1st June 1960, and that in accordance with article 199 (1) of the Constitution, your date of retirement as auditor general was 1 June 2020,” the letter said.
It added: “Based on this information, the President is of the view that you have formally left office.”