Akufo-Addo's credibility in fighting corruption in tatters - Afrobarometer’s Gyimah-Boadi

Akufo-Addo's credibility in fighting corruption in tatters - Afrobarometer’s Gyimah-Boadi

-According to him, the president cannot be said to be incorruptible following his dismissal of Daniel Domelevo

-President Akufo-Addo asked Domelevo to proceed on retirement after the Audit Service Board challenged his date of birth

-The Board says the former Auditor-General should have been on retirement last year

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has no credibility in fighting corruption, Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi has stated.

“I am afraid to say it is in tatters,” the co-founder and Executive Director of Afrobarometer told Accra-based Citi FM.

Akufo-Addo credibility in fighting corruption in tatters - Afrobarometer’s Gyima-Boadi
Akufo-Addo credibility in fighting corruption in tatters - Afrobarometer’s Gyima-Boadi...Photo: Afrobarometer
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According to him, the president’s anti-corruption credibility had been in tatters for a while but the removal of Daniel Domelevo as the Auditor-General “puts a nail in the coffin.”

Gyimah-Boadi said the former Auditor-General was a victim of “well-orchestrated” actions by officials of the Akufo-Addo administration and state institutions to suppress the country's corruption fight.

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President Akufo-Addo forced the former Auditor-General into early retirement following a challenge to his nationality and retirement age by the Audit Service Board.

According to the Board, the revered anti-corruption crusader cannot resume work because he is not a Ghanaian and that he had also falsified his date of birth.

Domelevo, the Board said was born in 1960, and as a result, he was due for retirement on June 1, 2020.

Those details were, however, changed by Domelevo on October 25, 1992, when he completed and signed a SSNIT Change of Beneficiary Nomination form.

In the letter dated March 3, 2021, Akufo-Addo said he believed that Domelevo is retired hence cannot remain in office.

Meanwhile, Domelevo despite the bad blood that existed between himself and the seating government praised Akufo-Addo.

According to him, in 2016 when he was hesitant to take up the Auditor-General role President Akufo-Addo called him on phone to encourage him to accept the appointment.

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He made this known while speaking at a thanksgiving service held at the Christ the King Catholic Church at Cantonments on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

On December 23, 2016, Mahama appointed him to replace Richard Quartei Quartey, who had retired from public service and was quite hesitant because he knew his employer had lost the election.

There was a controversy surrounding his appointment by the NDC's Mahama because he was not going to serve under the NDC and rather the new NPP government.

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