Former President John Dramani Mahama says just as the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo has been ordered to proceed on leave, the same fate can befall other independent bodies.
According to the NDC flagbearer, the decision to ask Mr Domelevo to go on leave threatens the independence of the Auditor General’s office as well as other independent offices including the Electoral Commission, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice as well as the Judiciary.
The Presidency in June instructed the Auditor-General to take his 123-days accumulated leave which was later extended to 167, following protestations by Mr Domelevo.
That move has been heavily criticized by both local and international observers who believe it undermines the country’s fight against corruption.
Wading into the controversy, the former President said the actions of the NPP government threatens the country’s stable democracy.
He also added that “If the president can ask the Auditor General to go on leave, it means he can ask the Chief Justice to go on leave, he can ask the Electoral Commissioner to go on leave, he can ask the CHRAJ Director to go on leave, but these are supposed to be independent institutions.”
“Look, the Auditor General, when you go on leave who changes your door locks? It means that there is no intention that you’re coming back and apart from that what is the…the Auditor General’s office is supposed to be an independent office,” he said.