"Domelevo Wasn’t Forced Out Of Office" – Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo has reiterated that the former Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo was not hounded out of office.
According to him, Mr Domelevo’s resignation was due to his attainment of the national retirement age of 60.
“There’s a time for retiring which is prescribed by statue not my making. If you are 60 years old you’re suppose no longer to be able to work in the public service,” he said.
On the night of March 3, the President retired the anti-graft campaigner who had just returned from a 167-day forced leave.
In a letter signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo Wednesday, the Secretary to the President said “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 June 1, 1960, and that in accordance with article 199 (1) of the Constitution, your date of retirement as Auditor-General was June 1, 2020,” the letter said. This move was heavily criticized by a section of the public.
These include civil society organisations who have highlighted the have highlighted its propensity to stifle the anti-corruption fight.
But in an interview with CNN on Monday, the President said “the Auditor-General, like me… should be some of the first [persons] to recognize the laws in our country.”