Former Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo, has expressed sadness about the Presidency engaging in unconstitutional acts in the country.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday May 31 described the directive from the Presidency that forced former Auditor-General Daniel Domelevo to proceed on leave as unconstitutional.
In a unanimous decision, the apex court also described as unconstitutional the President’s appointment of an Acting Auditor General while there was a substantive Auditor-General.
The Presidency in July 2020 asked the then Auditor General to proceed on leave.
When Mr Domelevo pointed this out as unlawful, his leave was further extended from 123 days to 167 effective July 1, 2020, triggering Nine civil society groups to sue the Attorney General over the matter.
The CSOs including the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Ghana Integrity Initiative, (GII), Citizen Movement Ghana, and Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) termed the directives as unlawful.
They argued that the President does not have the power to exercise such disciplinary control over independent bodies.
But reacting to the Supreme Court ruling on Ideas Exchange on TV XYZ, Mr. Domelovo expressed excitement, saying he had been vindicated.
He however was disappointed that President Akufo-Addo would be lead such unlawful acts.
“I am sad that the office of the Presidency which is the highest office of the state, is the one who is at the forefront of doing unconstitutional things. I will advise that going forward that office should respect the constitution and the laws of the country,” he stated.
He hopes the Supreme Court judgment will prevent such unlawfulness from any future government.