… says Comrade Shmuel Ja’Mba Abm
In continuation of its ordinate obstinate desire to bend a constitutional imperative for a regional balance in government appointments, and in persuasion of a feudal nepotic government, President Akufo Addo has made several attempts to remove Daniel Yao Domelevo, the current Auditor General.
His crime, is his uncompromising position as the Auditor General – particularly, he is held in disdain for the alacrity and consistency with which he continues to expose government complicity in corruption and engaged financial malfeasance, through his professional conduct, his professional scrutiny for details and his professional presentation format. He has been unsuccessfully accused of several allegations, all of which are identified as shenanigans to kick him out of office.
Similarly, recent and past Ghana’s Auditor Generals – Richard Quartei Quartey (2009 – 2016), Edward Dua Agyemang (2001 – 2009), Osei-Tutu Prempeh (1990 – 2001) Richard Nelson Tello (1983 – 1989) – served their tenures professionally, uninterrupted. That contrast, is what has provided a clue to this current agenda trend, started with the removal of Mrs Charlotte Osei, the immediate past Electoral Commissioner. The onslaught lurched at Daniel Yao Domelevo, is a link to a chain intended to consolidate the annexation of state power at the behest of President Akufo Addo for parochial interest.
Ghana woke up one morning to this news of an audit report of the operations of former government officials, signed by Edward Dua Agyemang, a past Auditor General, as ‘Secretary to the Cabinet Committee,’ making rounds. This sparked a row of controversies, including a press conference on October 2, 2018, and addressed by the NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah. The NDC threw questions for answers to the Secretary to the Cabinet of Ghana, Madam Debrah-Karikari. The NDC asked the Secretary to the Cabinet of the government of President Akufo Addo to provide further details on this ‘Cabinet Committee.’ Such instruments of shenanigans expose government interference and intentions, unambiguously.
The impasse between the Chairman of the Auditor General, Edward Dua Agyemang and Daniel Yao Domelevo, the current Auditor General, travels far. In some quarters, the impasse is dubbed as the duel to death, which prompted Daniel Yao Domelevo to seek legal protection to secure his tenure of office. His hurting expose reports link to unaccountable disbursements and spending above budget limits, especially at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, headed by Ken Ofori Attah, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, cousin of President Akufo Addo and owner of Databank and Enterprise Group >compromised in complicit transactions of conflict of interest and lack of transparency.]
For a third year in a row, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has been listed as the topmost with the highest and unrestrained expenditure in comparison to other Ministries. Also, civil servants employed by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, have been shelved to make way for employees from Databank and Enterprise Group, drafted at the insistence of the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ken Ofori Attah.
Daniel Yao Domelevo, whose career path and expertise in Public Finance Management includes, several senior positions held at the Controller/Accountant-General of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, including a lucrative position with the World Bank, before accepting the offer to serve his country in his best capacity as the Auditor General of Ghana. The duel to death with the Board Chairman of the Auditor General has received several publications. Public statements confirm a deep-seated seething anger brewing at the Auditor General’s Office. And Daniel Yao Domelevo has been speaking, making strong arguments to buttress this existing feud.
Meanwhile, the opaque agenda by the government of President Akufo Addo, to consolidate state power seems on cruising course so far. Having successfully removed Charlotte Osei and the two Deputies of the Electoral Commission – Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa – the government of President Akufo Addo is on cruising course to close the circuit to annex state power, after appointing a Chief Justice, the Attorney General and forming government as the Executive President of the Republic of Ghana.
By the structure of Ghana’s executive power, the President gets to also appoint the Inspector General of Police and all Heads of Security Services, including the Chief of Defence Staff and the Commanders of the Ghana Airforce, Ghana Army and Ghana Navy. But the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, in anticipation of such possibility to abuse and compromise such sensitive discretionary provisions, require regional balance and consultation with the Council of Elders for appointments to such sensitive and strategic positions of government. And the government of President Akufo Addo has rubbished such insertions into the constitution with impunity.
Latching to the wisdom of a slogan by environmental campaigners, which says, when the last tree dies, the last man dies; it is appropriate to say, when Daniel Yao Domelevo is axed, the democracy of Ghana has been axed. Ghana is a Republic. And it is time for compatriots to heed the call to end feudalism in Ghana.