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General News of Sunday, 25 December 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Auditor-General appointee rejects offer from 'toffee-sharing' Mahama

The President's appointee for the position of Auditor-General, Daniel Domelovo, has rejected the offer, Editor-In-Chief of the Ghanaian Observer has claimed.

Egbert Faibille Jnr said Daniel Domelovo swerved his swearing-in ceremony scheduled last Friday at the Flagstaff House. A letter signed by the out-going Chief of Staff Julius Debrah and sighted by myjoyonline.com said Mr Domelovo has been offered the post and is to confirm his acceptance of the appointment by December 28, 2016.The accountant, who is based in Harare, Zimbabwe was in Accra when the offer was made.

President John Mahama has been criticised by the incoming administration for making 'last minute' appointments after losing the 2016 general elections. Egbert Faibille Jnr, a legal practitioner, said on Joy News' Newsfile Saturday that he believes Daniel Domelovo may have gotten wind of the controversy surrounding these appointments.

He might have thought to himself, "I am better off doing my work and not to invite all this brouhaha [to myself]." ".. and so he leaves town and the swearing-in that was supposed to have taken off yesterday hasn't come on. I believe that is the end of the road," the lawyer and NPP member said.

"I am telling you on authority that the swearing in was to take place yesterday...he has rejected this appointment..without equivocation, that is what I can tell you," he asserted.Egbert Faibille castigated President Mahama's 'last-minute' appointments, describing them as 'a very, very shambolic' move.

President Mahama last Tuesday, swore-in Joseph Akanjolenur Whittal as the new head of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and Josephine Nkrumah who now heads the NationalCommissionn for Civic Education (NCCE).

The CHRAJ position officially became vacant on November 4, 2015 - more than a year while the NCCE position was left without a substantive head since July 2015.The NPP has dragged President Mahama to court over these appointments and also criticised rumoured 'last-minute' recruitments into the public and civil service.Speaking on the appointments, the editor and lawyer described President Mahama's move as akin to 'distributing toffees to children'.

Despite conceding that the President is acting within the constitution, "the fact that you have the right does not mean you must do it". Egbert was particularly critical of the appointment of a head of an anti-corruption and pro-human rights body, CHRAJ.He suggested President Mahama has not demonstrated commitment to fight corruption and questioned why he would keep the post vacant for more than a year.

"I never knew that president Mahama had so much faith in CHRAJ that at the very last moment he wants to stamp his implementeur on CHRAJ before he leaves office," he said.He suggested that it would have been graceful for Mahama to have left these appointments to the incoming President to make.

"If he wants to be remembered for anything that he has done, I don't think these appointments are anything that he must be proud of. "There is a way that seemth right unto man but the end thereof judgement" he quoted scriptures to the President.