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Professor Ransford Giampo, senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, says the Office of the Auditor General will not be effective after Daniel Yau Dumilievo’s forced retirement.
It was revealed in Joynews’ Newsfile that Mr. Dumilivo had illegally retired, so the new Auditor General position would be illegitimate and toothless.
Speaking to the host, Samson Lardy Anini, he said: “With what happened, we have made psychologically the one who replaces Dumilivo with no teeth and an illegitimate one like the aforementioned person should be a party favorite.
“Even if he is not the party’s favorite person, this person may wish to be politically correct in his dealings and in performing his role and I think this will not help.”
Professor Giampo, who in previous reports had condemned the President’s decision to refer Mr. Dumilivo to retirement, also hinted that it is necessary to discuss the government’s role in appointing officials, especially when leaving office.
“To move forward as a nation, we must look again and rethink the decisions and appointments that the government can make during a transitional period. When elections are held and when you know you are going, can you set specific dates that other regimes must come and respect and so on.
He added: “Once again, we must not allow the idea to fester if you do not appoint someone, you should not be able to work with this person.”
In a press release on March 3, 2021, President Akufo-Addo thanked Mr. Dumilivo for his service and directed him to retirement following a report from the Audit Service Board stating that the previous Auditor General had reached retirement age.
Domelevo’s crisis has escalated since then after the CSOs Alliance saw the circumstances surrounding the decision to force Mr Domelevo into retirement that seemed to indicate that the government had lost interest in fighting corruption.
In a recent development, the president’s office revealed that the former auditor-general was not targeted and fired from his position as suggested by civil society organizations.
In its 21-page letter signed by the President’s Secretary, Nana Asante Badiatou, the Presidency further clarified that the President had not given up in his fight against corruption because “Mr. Domilivo has been provided with the necessary resources necessary for the effective operation of the Audit Department.”
In response to the President’s letter, however, Professor Giampo said that it was clear that the government was seeking to present its side of the story, however, the timing of Mr. Dumilivo’s appointment and his statements on the matter could not be ignored.
He also indicated that the court could have concluded the case but it did not.
One of the serious cases that could have ended this matter was when the case was referred to court. I think the court failed to intervene on such a time-sensitive matter when matters relating to Domelevo were sent to them. But whatever the reason, they were late for the man to retire now.
Then the host, Samson Aneni, explained that the aforementioned reports made clear that the court did not delay the proceedings, but that the people who brought the case did.
Turning to this information, Professor Giampo stated that the presumed report had not been released to the public.
“The court over the years has been talking about some of the things that they do. And you know, governance is also about perception, and the idea of legitimacy is not always about the right thing.
“It’s also about people knowing and feeling that you are doing the right thing, and if people know and feel that you are doing the right thing, then you also have to be responsible for the type of communication you put in there so that there is clarity.”