Ghana’s Auditor General Daniel Yaw Domelevo announced here on Wednesday his office was set to retrieve public cash stolen by both public and private individuals and institutions since 1993.
Domelevo told the media here that his office had, in accordance with the Supreme Court judgment obtained by pressure group Occupy Ghana last month, already surcharged four persons/entities with public funds in their custody, while seven were also being worked on.
“It’s a gradual process. I’m sure that you are aware that there are several adduces but we can’t tackle all of them together; we have to go gradually, systematically and build it case by case. Each case, we must build the file with all the supporting documents or evidence,” Domelevo, who was appointed by former President John Dramani Mahama in January, told the media.
A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court ordered the Auditor General last month to begin, with immediate effect, surcharging persons found to have misappropriated monies belonging to the state.
The order follows a suit filed by pressure group, Occupy Ghana, in June 2016, seeking the Auditor-General to issue disallowances and surcharges to, and in respect of all persons and entities found in relevant, successive reports to have engaged in misappropriation of state funds.
“Two weeks ago, I issued the first batch of four certificates and they are gone and served on the people and, starting from yesterday, I’m reviewing seven more files and before the close of day today, I will be issuing seven more certificates,” he disclosed.
Speaking to Xinhua, tax expert Abdallah Ali Nakyea lauded the Auditor General for the process he had initiated, expressing optimism that it would send the right signal that nobody should be allowed to get away with stolen cash from Ghana.
“It will take Ghana very far because you realize that all the time people complain that they hear of the Public Accounts Committee’s hearing and people appearing before them in parliament but they don’t know how far it goes
“This shows that it can go far and, for me, I think it is high time everybody in the country realized that you cannot keep cheating mother Ghana. It is time for everybody to be responsible; everybody should show probity and accountability in deed and in act, and not by rhetoric,” Nakyea, who is also a lawyer, averred.
The Auditor General is mandated by the constitution to audit all government institutions and submit reports to parliament annually. Enditem