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Ex-Auditor General Criticizes the President’s Failure to Protect Public Purse

Domelevo Accuses Ghanaian President of Reneging on Anti-Corruption Promises

by Adenike Adeodun

Former Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, has openly criticized President Akufo-Addo, accusing him of failing to fulfil his promise to protect the public purse and fight corruption. Domelevo’s comments come as a sharp rebuke to the president, who had pledged to prioritize economic growth and integrity in public service.

Speaking candidly about his disappointment since President Akufo-Addo took office, Domelevo, who was appointed by former President John Dramani Mahama, expressed his concerns over the current administration’s commitment to safeguarding state funds. In his inaugural address in 2017, President Akufo-Addo assured the nation that his government would manage public funds effectively, emphasizing their use for social and economic progress rather than as rewards for political loyalty.

Domelevo, who previously worked with the World Bank, remarked on the president’s failure to adhere to his own words regarding the public purse. “I think he went against his words. Not my only thinking; the Supreme Court also thinks that he was unconstitutional. He was violating the constitution of Ghana. So not only did he go against his words, he violated the constitution of Ghana. He knew he didn’t have that right, but he used it,” Domelevo said, referring to his removal from office.

According to Domelevo, his dismissal by President Akufo-Addo gave the president some ‘breathing space’ as he was perceived as being ‘too troublesome’. He critiqued the gap between political promises and their execution, suggesting that some politicians, including the president, often fail to deliver on their commitments.

“It is easier said than done. People promise a whole lot of things, including some other people in government to whom I don’t want to disclose their identities. I knew them when they were not yet political office holders or public office holders and their passion for ensuring the right thing is done for Ghana, and now they are holding very high offices,” he added, pointing out the lack of commitment to protect public funds and tackle corruption.

According to a report by Ghana Web, Domelevo shared these views in an interview with Dr. Ren on Rainbow Radio 92.4 FM, United Kingdom, highlighting a growing concern about the state of governance and public accountability in Ghana.

His remarks underscore the challenges facing Ghana’s political landscape, where the rhetoric of anti-corruption often clashes with the realities of governance.

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