Auditor General’s Leave Directive Is An Attempt To Remove Him- Vitus Azeem
A statement on Monday, 29th June from the Presidency directed the Auditor General, Mr. Yaw Domelevo to proceed on a 123-day leave which is supposed to start on July 1, 2020.
However, Vitus Azeem, an anti-corruption campaigner says there is more behind government’s decision against the Auditor General than just an ordinary leave.
He further went on to say that, the Public Service Commission should have been responsible for that directive not the governments and as such it is a blow on the face of the Independence of the Auditor General.
Below was the statement released from the presidency to Mr. Yaw Domelevo directing the Auditor General to go on leave.
“The President’s decision to direct Mr. Domelevo to take his accumulated leave is based on Sections 20 (1) and 31 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), which apply to workers, including public office holders such as the Auditor-General.”
“According to the Act, a worker is entitled to annual leave with full pay, in a calendar year of continuous service which cannot be relinquished or forgone by the worker or the employer,” the statement included
Many claimed it was just a move by government to remove Mr Domelevo including Mr. Vitus Azeem who said the leave is quite questionable especially looking at the timing of the whole incident.
Mr. Vitus further went to say that, “One would have expected that if anything at all, it should come from Parliament or the Public Services Commission and not come from the President because it means that it is a way to push the person out especially if he is nearing retirement. These 123 days will take him beyond the election period, even into the middle of next year.”