Locking out Domelevo is seriously embarrassing – Integrity Initiative

Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Linda Ofori Kwafo Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Linda Ofori Kwafo

Linda Ofori Kwafo of anti-graft body Ghana Integrity Initiative has described as "seriously embarrassing", the changing of locks in the office of Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo after he proceeded on leave.

The chairperson of the governing board of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Board said, "I've not seen anything like this before".

Mr Domelevo, who is on a 167-day forced leave on the orders of President Nana Akufo-Addo, was denied entry to his office on Tuesday, 28 July 2020, as a result of the lock change, which was done on the orders of the Board of the Audit Service.

"I think we should all condemn it", Ofori Kwafo told Kofi Oppong Asamoah on Class91.3FM's mid-day news 12Live on Wednesday, 29 July 2020.

"We never knew that if you're on leave and you're not under any kind of investigation, you cannot pass by your office to pick an envelope or a document of what you've left there. Seriously? When did we realise how evil it is [for someone to pass by their office while on leave] to the extent that people change their lock. Is Domelevo under any kind of investigations", she fumed.

She asked: "When the President goes on leave, do we lock his office, do we change the locks of his office?"

"We need to be more serious than we are in this country. To me, I think we've given the Board of the Audit Service too much power", she asserted.

She demanded: "Show me any institution in this country that when people go on leave, if you don't have any ulterior motive, you'll change the locks of his office? What is this country coming to? "

"It is a serious indictment on the personality and the kind of office he has managed for these years and we, as a people should rise and speak against it", she rallied.

Meanwhile, the Chair of the Audit Service Board, Prof Edward Dua Agyeman, has said the institution is "fed up" with the penchant of Mr Domelevo to "always" run to the media with issues.

"What's this with Mr Domelevo always running to the media; is he a baby?" he asked in an interview with Francis Abban on Accra-based Starr FM on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 concerning the change of locks to his office.

"We are fed up with Domelevo always going to the media", Prof Dua Agyeman fumed, adding: "He can go wherever he wants to".

Explaining the reasoning behind the change of the locks, Prof Dua Agyeman said: "When Mr Domelevo left on the 1st of July, the Board felt there was the need to secure his office, so, the locks were changed and the keys were left where they belong".

In a related development, AFROSAI-E, which is a regional organisation of Auditors-General from 26 English-speaking supreme audit institutions (SAIs), has written to President Nana Akufo-Addo to consider the adverse impact his forced leave directive to Ghana's Auditor-General Daniel Yaw Domelevo risks having on good governance.

"I write to you on behalf of the Auditors-General of AFROSAI-E, to express our concern on hearing that the current Auditor-General of Ghana, Mr Daniel Domelevo, was compelled by the Office of the President, to go on immediate leave", the letter said.

"We are deeply concerned about the grave repercussions of the infringement on the independence of the Auditor-General of Ghana", the letter said, adding: "Effective SAIs enshrine principles of good governance and make a difference in the lives of citizens by contributing to accountability, transparency, integrity, staying relevant and leading by example".

"To deliver these value and benefits, a SAI needs an enabling and conducive institutional framework. This includes independence as a primary requirement. We believe that since its establishment, SAI Ghana has made effective strides to institutionalised these values".

Source: Class FM