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President Akufo-Addo Orders Auditor-General To Go On Leave

Daniel Yaw Domelevo, the Auditor General of Ghana

Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has asked his nation’s Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo to take his accumulated annual leave of 123 working days.

A statement issued from Ghana’s Presidency on Monday, June 29, 2020, and signed by its Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, says the directive is based on records available to the Presidency, noting that the directive is to take effect from Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

The stament indicated that President Akufo-Addo’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 all workers, including public office holders such as the Auditor-General.

The Act states that 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 employee.

The statement observed that since his appointment as Auditor-General on December 30, 2016, Mr Dumelevo has taken only nine working days of his accumulated annual leave of 132 working days.

It would be recalled that on April 9, 2009, late President Mills directed the then Auditor-General, Edward Dua Agyeman to take his accumulated annual leave of approximately 264 working days.

The statement added that President Akufo-Addo paid attention to the precedent, directing the Auditor-General to take his accumulated annual leave of 123 working days.

Mr Domelevo has been directed to hand over all matters relating to his office to Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, a Deputy Auditor-General, to act as Auditor-General, until his return from his well-deserved leave, the statement added.

Mr Domelevo was appointed by former President John Mahama, a bitter rival of incumbent President Akufo-Addo. Both President Akufo-Addo and Mr Mahama are the leading candidates in the upcoming December 7, 2020 general  elections of Ghana.

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