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General News of Thursday, 12 July 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Auditor General, Special Prosecutor to deal with ‘ghost names’ - Daniel Domelev

The Auditor-General’s department is set to embark on a major audit of the civil service from July 17, 2018.

The Special Prosecutor’s Office is also going to be in the loop as the department makes a new attempt to rid the country’s payroll of ghost names.

The Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo, told the media that no excuses will be tolerated at the various departments and institutions.

All civil servants will be given a 10-day period to produce evidence of their employment.

The Auditor-General said he will be looking out for the expected paper trails to the Accountant General’s department and the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Database (IPPD) where necessary.

“Auditing is about evidence, so produce the evidence; but please don’t come to me and say trust us or trust me, I have taught for so many years,” Mr, Domelevo warned.

“There is no way you can say you are a teacher and have no appointment letter or say I am working in a hospital but have no appointment letter. Even if you are genuinely on the payroll, we want to know whether the position you are on the payroll is correct,” he said.

Also addressing the media, the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, said his office will be waiting in the winds to carry out prosecutions.

“During the payroll audit, when he [Auditor General] finds any suspicions of the commission of a crime, he will signal us so we move in immediately and begin an investigation.”

“So by the time the exercise is finished, if there are people who have created any corruption-related offenses, we will deal with them together with their self-seeking collaborators. So by the end of the exercise, maybe we will have prosecutable dockets ready so that we can go to court,” Mr. Amidu said.