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General News of Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Auditor-General petitions Nana Addo over interference by Board Chair

The Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo, has petitioned President Akufo-Addo over what he calls unlawful interference in his work by the Service’s Board Chairman, Dr. Edward Dua-Agyeman.

In a ten-point petition to President Akufo-Addo, Mr. Domelevo cited procurement manipulations, interference of audit processes, and unlawful circulation of audit findings among other things as the basis for his request for a presidential intervention.

In his petition, he said he received a complaint from a prospective vendor that his firm was stopped from submitting proposals.

“My investigation revealed that the Audit Service Board Chairman instructed Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, a Deputy Auditor General (DAG) and Mr. Ebenezer Aglomasa, a procurement Officer to replace the approved firms with others of his choice,” the Auditor General noted.

Mr. Domelovo said this was done without his knowledge and the knowledge of the Public Procurement Authority.

According to him, “the Chairman admitted to the offence with the excuse that the law did not exist during his tenure of office as Auditor General.”

Section 92 (2) (b) of the Procurement Act notes that it is an offense for anyone to directly or indirectly influence in any manner or attempt to influence in any manner the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage in the award of a procurement contract.

Mr. Domelovo also said the Board Chairman, who served as Auditor-General between 2001 and 2009 tried to commission an audit behind his back.

“I again questioned the Chairman as to his mandate to audit the Public Service and the reasons for calling the DAG to that meeting without my knowledge. His response was that he thought the audit in question was below my level as the Auditor-General.”

In addition to this, when Mr. Domelovo was away in Kigali, Rwanda in May, he received reports from the acting Auditor General that instruction had been given by the Chairman to invite the team conducting a special audit of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).

He noted in the petition that “the Chairman wrongly accused the audit team of giving the audited institution only five days to respond to the audit observations instead of 30 days.”

“I wrote to the Chairman again questioning the mandate with which he was interfering with the audit process and informed him that I was inviting my lawyers to come in and stop him from the continuous interference with my constitutional mandate.”

Mr. Domelovo added that he had not considered legal action but “thought it wise to attempt settling it administratively.”

“This is because I have no reason whatsoever to believe that your administration is behind these infractions and if I should file a suit against the Chairman and his allies, it may be misconstrued to mean your administration is behind these infractions.”

Find below a copy of the petition to the President Akufo-Addo