The Auditor General, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo, has rubbished claims by the civil society group Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), over their allegations of procurement breaches at the Audit Service in connection with the purchase of some Toyota vehicles worth GH¢6 million.

AFAG, has already expressed its readiness to petition President Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to remove the Auditor General Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo, from office over the aforementioned alleged procurement breaches at the Audit Service.

The pressure group, had earlier on asked the Attorney General to commence criminal investigations into the matter but in its latest statement, AFAG has asked the Auditor-General to resign or be sacked by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

In a yet-to-be-aired interview with Blessed Sogah, host of State of the Nation on Class91.3FM, Mr. Daniel Domelevo, said, not even President Akufo-Addo can remove him from office.

Auditor General said, according to the Audit Service regulation, “It says, The Board further directed that because the state had obtained services and in order to avert financial loss to the state through judgment debt, instant steps should be taken by the Ghana Audit Service to pay the supplier after verifying the outstanding debt.

So, they directed us, they didn’t say they asked us that: ‘Go ahead and pay’. So, at that point in time, it is a legal liability, it is a debt which is genuine…so, AFAG, they don’t know what they are talking about…

I’ll never resign because of their pressure. The day I wish I go home; I’ll just walk out of the office. There are two things when I came to office, I’ve said I don’t fear and one is resignation – leaving my office. I can decide to walk any time but you can’t push me out of my office. That will never happen, not even the president. I won’t go unless he goes through the full steps that the law allows, I’ll not go.

The second thing, which is the ultimate for you and me, is death. I said I don’t fear if you want to kill me in my office, I’m ready to die but when I die make sure you don’t die.”

The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) says it will petition President Akufo-Addo to remove the Auditor General over what it calls procurement breaches at the Attorney General’s Department.

The pressure group had early on indicated that the Auditor General allegedly violated procurement rules in the purchase of some goods for the office.

It therefore asked the Attorney General to within one week commence criminal investigations into the procurement breaches of the Auditor General and take the necessary actions against the Auditor General.

AFAG, in its latest statement however said management of the PPA seems to be shielding the Auditor General given that he had not yet been sanctioned for allegations levelled against him.

“Management of the PPA has since the delivery of the said letter, failed and or refused to respond to our simple query. This confirms vital information available to AFAG that, certain interests at the PPA seek to shield the Auditor General from legal scrutiny and accountability for his actions.

For committing serious breaches of the Public Procurement Act, AFAG will petition the President for the removal of the Auditor General from public office for the offences captured in the PPA report covering the Audit Service from January 2018 to August 2018.

AFAG would lodge a complaint with the supervising Minister of the PPA, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning and the Public Services Commission for appropriate action to be taken against the Management of the Public Procurement Authority for refusing to respond to our lawful demand.”

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