The Presidency has fired back at the Auditor General, Mr Daniel Domelevo after he wrote a letter to the President indicating that he erred in asking him to proceed on leave for 123 days.
The President directed the Auditor General to proceed on leave in a letter dated June 29 2020. The letter cited a similar directive issued in 2009 by the then President Professor John Evans Atta Mills which asked Mr. Edward Dua Agyemang to proceed on leave.
The Auditor General responded to the President in a letter which said his work as the Auditor General was embarrassing the government and he was being send off wrongly as a result.
The Presidency responded to Mr Domelevo’s allegations in a letter signed by the secretary to the President, Nana Asante-Bediatuo.
The letter said the President is constitutionally mandated to enforce compliance without excluding the office of the Auditor General. The Presidency further explained that Mr Domelevo’s allegations “created a wrong impression” about the directive issued by the President.
The letter argued that the President’s move was backed by law.
“The President has at all times acted on sound legal principles, the rule of law and good governance practices, and the people of Ghana cannot be misled by your lack of understanding of the law, for which you may be forgiven since you are not a lawyer,” parts of the President’s letter read.
“According to the Labour Act, you could not forgo your leave and any agreement to relinquish your entitlement to your annual leave shall be void,” it continued.
“You may therefore not agree with the President (your appointing authority) to relinquish your entitlement to the accumulated leave or forgo same. You may also not agree to be paid in cash in exchange for the accumulated leave. Any such an agreement would be void under section 31 of the Labour Act.”