General News of Sunday, 15 December 2019
Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has accused the embattled Auditor General, Mr Daniel Yao Domelevo of heinous moves to scandalise appointees in the current administration under the guise of fighting corruption.
“In many instances when the report has come to Parliament we find out that many times the Auditor-General has gotten it wrong and yet he has gone out there to scandalise and vilify personalities”, he alleged at media engagement between the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and members of the Parliamentary press corps.
Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu who is also the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmaker for Suame Constituency in the Ashanti Region, cautioned the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo against the phenomenon where he goes public with findings of his audit report without recourse to parliament.
“Increasingly, we are finding situations where the Auditor-General after they finish with the work before they transmit it to Parliament, will organise press conferences and take some people to the cleaners”, the lawmaker bemoaned.
“In an established democracy, the Auditor-General is a tool for Parliament in the performance of our oversight responsibilities. It is for that reason that the constitution provides that whenever the Auditor-General has finished his work, the destination is Parliament. You submit your report to Parliament and Parliament must act on that,” the Majority Leader pointed out.
“When Parliament has taken a decision on that, Parliament then rounds up civil society organisations and indeed media practitioners to enforce whatever they will uphold in the Auditor-General’s report”, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu added
His comments follow the war of words between the Auditor-General and some activists of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), over the indictment of Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, in an alleged wrongful payment to Kroll and Associate for no work done.