Pack out – Afenyo-Markin tells Auditor General

General News of Monday, 24 September 2018

Source: thepublisheronline.com

2018-09-24

MP for Efutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin

The Member of Parliament for Efutu constituency has urged the Auditor General to either resign or submit to due process in his public brawl with the Board Chair of the Ghana Audit Service.

Alexander Afenyo-Markin said Daniel Domelevo is not being fair by whipping public support in his claim that his work is being interfered with by Prof. Edward Duah Agyemang.

He told Samson Lardy Anyenini on Joy FM/MultiTV news analysis programme Newsfile Saturday, that Mr Domelevo cannot force the constitution to act in his favour because he has issues with the Board Chair.

“He has petitioned and the content of the petition is to be investigated and the Prof Duah Agyemang has not responded point by point and issue by issue.

“Yet, you take advantage of a lecture to now reecho the issue to get to the gallery for their support and sympathy? That is bad faith,” he said.

In a five-page petition dated July 27, 2018, the Auditor-General requested President Akufo-Addo to intervene in the “unlawful interferences” by the Board Chairman and others whom he said, are clothing themselves with powers to direct and control him unconstitutionally.

Mr Domelevo further threatened not to obey “any unlawful instructions” from the Board, including existing and new decisions that he says are inconsistent with the Constitution.

According to him, Prof Duah Agyemang is seeking to take over procurement procedures and is directing staff at the Service without due regards to him the boss.

As a result, the President instructed his Secretary to look into the petition accusing Prof Duah Agyemang of interference.

But Ghana Audit Service Chair dismissed the claims saying he did not understand why Mr Domelevo is wasting resources to do the same work he has done during his time as Auditor General.

“I called them to find out why they were going there to audit accounts from 2007 to 2015. But it turned out they were also going to audit some three contracts in 2017, so I asked them why they were doing that because the Auditor General was not in town then,” he said.

He explained that was his reason for calling them and it had nothing to do with interfering with anything they were working on but rather “an intervention of what the CEO of NHIA came to tell me.”

Unimpressed with Mr Domelevo’s antics Mr Afenyo-Markin said he overstepped his bounds by talking about the issue to get public support.

The Effutu MP said taking advantage of the lecture he delivered to reecho the concerns he had against an adversary to the president was acting in bad faith.

“I think he is being a judge in his own court…he is acting in bad faith to the extent that he himself has found something wrong with the board and has gone a step further to petition the president which is receiving attention,” he said.

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