Nine Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have come together to sue President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Supreme Court. He is being sued for the removal of the Auditor General Daniel Domelevo. Daniel was asked to proceed on a 167-day accumulated leave.
On Monday, a statement was released by the CSOs that said that they had hoped that the President would reconsider his decision.
However, certain developments since the Auditor-General was forced to leave his office have only worsened the situation. That is why they are seeking the intervention of the courts.
For this reason, a full statement was released by the CSOs announcing their decision. Being represented by their lawyers, they filed a writ at the Supreme Court. They challenged the June 29, 2020 directive of the President that had sent the Auditor-General, Mr. Daniel Domelevo, on involuntary leave.
Furthermore, the President who appointed Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu to act as Auditor-General during the 167 working days because the Auditor-General is supposed to be away on forced leave.
So,on7th July, 2020, a coalition of CSOs called a press conference to appeal to the President to rescind on his directive on the Auditor-General.
The coalitions of CSOs, the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), and the English-Speaking section of the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) also implored the President to reconsider his decision.
They emphasized on the fact that, the July 7 press conference stated categorically that they would consider taking a legal action to defend the Constitution and the independence of the Auditor-General should it become necessary. Unfortunately, the president refused to rescind his decision.
We want to safeguard the independence of the Office of the Auditor-General and all independent constitutional offices so that they can discharge their lawful mandates effectively without fear or favour.
The 9 CSOs are:
- Ghana Center for Democratic Development or (CDD-Ghana)
- Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII)
- Citizen Ghana Movement
- Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP)
- Parliamentary Network Africa
- Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)
- SEND Ghana
- One Ghana Movement