The Economic Fighters League is protesting the decision by President Akufo-Addo to instruct the Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo to proceed on leave.
The group suspects that the move by the President is a ploy to prevent the Auditor-General from fighting corruption under the government and eventually dislodging him from his position.
President Akufo-Addo, in accordance with sections 20 (1) and 31 of the Labour Act, on June 29, 2020 directed Mr Domelevo to take his accumulated annual leave of 123 working days effective July 1, 2020.
Records show that the Auditor-General, since his appointment on December 30, 2016 has taken only nine working days out of his accumulated annual leave of 132 days.
The President’s directive has since generated a lot of controversies with some backlash from a section of the public.
Reacting to the development in a Facebook post Wednesday, the Fighters indicated that the Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo has demonstrated his dedication to protect the public purse and would therefore not countenance any move to unduly kick him out.
“Mr. Domelevo has proven himself to be a protector of the Ghanaian purse which has suffered largely due to corrupt practices from the regime.
“Since his appointment, he has surcharged hundreds of unscrupulous Ghanaians and recovered millions of stolen money for the State. Due to Mr. Domelevo’s unrelenting pursuit of corrupt officials including those of the current government, there have been attempts to gag and intimidate him. We will not forget the undue interference by the Board of the Audit Service in the work of the Auditor-General, the frivolous investigation by the BNI, the public attacks by pro-government media and other groups,” the group intimated.
“Asking Mr. Domelevo to go on leave can only be interpreted as the latest act by government to prevent him from doing the job of protecting the purse of Ghanaians, since he said government has proven to be ineffective, uninterested or both the above, in the fight against corruption,” they added.
Declaring their resolute support him, the Fighters called on Ghanaians to stand up for the Auditor-General.
“We call on all well-meaning Ghanaians to speak up and defend the Auditor-General as the last bastion of dignity in public service. We will like to reiterate our support to him and encourage him to be steadfast and not be deterred by these shameful acts of intimidation calculated to derail his work or to hound him out of office altogether,” the Fighters asserted.
Find below the Economic Fighters League’s Facebook post