Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama says the President has no power to ask the Auditor-General to proceed on leave.
According to him, the Auditor-Genral’s office is just like that of the EC Chair, CHRAJ, Chief Justice where the roles of such individuals is defined by the Constitution of the country and therefore the President has no power to interfere with their work.
He made this known in a radio interview on Accra-basd Class FM.
The NDC flag-bearer said “I think the action by the President is wrong…he tries to base it on the precedence of President Mills but the point is, if something is wrong, you cannot use it as the basis of precedence and do the wrong thing”, So, the Auditor-General’s office is defined in the Constitution and the Constitution tries to give the Auditor-General autonomy in terms of his work; like EOCO, like CHRAJ, like the Chief Justice, the Electoral Commission Chair, those constitutional bodies and, so, it’s not in the power of the President to ask the Auditor-General to go on leave.
“If you do that, the precedence set tries to indicate that the President also has the power to ask the Electoral Commission Chair to take their accumulated leave or to ask the Chief Justice to take their accumulated leave, and, so, I think that he was hounded out of office.”
The former President said when he’s voted into power, there is no way he will hound people out of office like Akufo-Addo is currently.
The President in a statement signed by the Communications Director at the Presidency,Eugene Arhin asked the Auditor-General to proceed on his accumulated leave.
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