The Office of the Presidency has extended the leave period of the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo from 123 days to 167 effective July 1, 2020.
This comes in the wake of concerns raised by the A-G over the directive to take his annual leave because his work, according to him, is embarrassing the government.
A letter by Mr Domelevo dated July 3, 2020, outlined a series of reasons why he believes the directive leaves much to be desired including what he described as bad faith on the part of the Presidency.”
In a response from Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, the move was undertaken in consideration of the year 2020 which was excluded from the earlier directive which only spanned 2017 to 2019.
“We noted that the said letter dated is dated 3rd July, 2020, with an official reference number from the office of the Auditor-General, although you commenced your leave on 1st July, 2020,” he said.
“If, however you have decided to include your annual leave of for the year 2020, then it is expected that you will resume work after a well-deserved leave of 167 working days, with effect from 1st July, 2020,” the Presidency explained.
Meanwhile, the Office of the President has reiterated its directive for the Auditor-General (A-G) to proceed on his annual leave or risk being subjected to what it described as ‘disciplinary control’ to ensure adherence adding that the move was backed by the law.
“Per article 297(a) of the Constitution, that power to appoint includes the power to “exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in any such office.”
“Thus, to the extent that you fail to comply with a basic term of your appointment such as taking an annual leave, The President has the power to exercise disciplinary action over you to ensure that you comply with the terms of your appointment.”
Daniel Domelevo was sworn into office as Auditor-General on December 30, 2016.