The former Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo has described as preposterous, a directive from the Audit Service Board asking him to “prepare a comprehensive handing over of the Audit Service to Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu.”
This, he says is because he has been out of office for more than eight months.
In a letter dated March 17, and addressed to Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Prof Edward Dua Agyeman, Mr Domelevo explained that he also handed over before going on his ‘forced leave’ in 2020.
“Paragraph 2 of the letter from the Office of the President dated 29th June, 2020 requested that I “hand over all matters relating to the Office of the Auditor-General to Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu” who has been in charge since 1st July 2020″, part of the letter explained.
According to the former Auditor-General, although the directive to go on leave was contrary to Section 27 of the Labour Act which states that a worker must be given 30 days prior notice, he prepared the handing over notes and subsequently handed over to the Acting Auditor-General on June 30, 2020; a day after he was told to commence his leave.
The clarification from Mr. Domelevo follows a letter signed by the Chairman of the Board asking the former to complete the handing over exercise within two weeks.
The letter which had the Vice President, the Chief of Staff and the Secretary to the President on copy said all the administrative duties were going to be handled by the Acting Auditor-General who had been asked to remain at post until a substantive appointment is made.
But Mr. Domelevo maintains that he can only hand over if the Acting Auditor-General hands over back to him.
“When I resumed work on 3rd of March, 2021, Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu did not hand over to me with the excuse that the handing-over note was not ready; and after 9 pm of the 3rd of March, 2021 (the same day I resumed work), I received a letter from the secretary to the President requesting that I proceed on retirement,” he added.
On March 3, 2021, President Akufo-Addo directed the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo to proceed on retirement.
This came less than 16 hours after he returned from a 167-day accumulated leave.
The directive, according to a statement signed by Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, stems from an indication by the Audit Service Board that Mr Domelevo has exceeded the eligible age to remain in the workforce.
“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 1st June, 2020.”
The statement explained that “based on this information, the President is of the view that you have formally left office.”
Essentially, Johnson Akuamoa-Asiedu will continue to act in Mr Domelevo’s stead until a substantive appointment is made.
“The President thanks you for your service to the nation and wishes you the very best in your future endeavours,” the March 3 statement concluded.