The Board of the Audit Service has explained why the lock to the office of the Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo was changed whilst he is currently on 167-days leave.
According to the Board Chairman of the Audit Service, Professor Edward Dua Agyeman the assertion that Mr Domelevo has been locked out from his office was not true and that even though the lock has been changed, the keys were available to Mr Domelevo.
He insisted that Mr Domelevo has not been prevented from accessing the office and that all that the board is seeking to do is that, it wants the acting Auditor-General, Mr Akuamoah Asiedu to be aware anytime Mr Domelevo enters the office.
This, he said was because a day after, he [Domelevo] started his leave, Mr Domelevo on the blind side of the acting entered the office, picked some documents and a letterhead and wrote a letter to the presidency
Explaining the circumstances at the Supreme Court premises on Wednesday when the case challenging the constitutionality of the president’s directive to Mr Domelevo to proceed on leave came up for hearing, Prof Dua Agyeman said when Mr Domelevo got to the office on Tuesday, and was unsuccessful in opening the door with the keys he already had in his possession, he was told that he could access the new key from the cashier but he angrily stormed out and chose to go to the media with the information.
Prof Dua Agyeman said “he [Domelevo] came back and collected some documents including a letterhead to write back to the President and then the acting Auditor-General also said he wasn’t happy about the security of that office and therefore he is suggesting that we [board] secure the place.”
“The board authorised him [acting] to buy new locks and secure the place. When he had done that, he gave the key to the secretary of Mr Domelevo. My [Dua Agyemang] information is that the secretary decided that she will not keep the keys. The keys was again given to the Deputy Auditor General in charge of Finance and Administration.
“So he kept the keys with the cashier and as we speak now the keys are with the cashier. Yesterday [Tuesday] the acting Auditor- General informed me that Mr Domelevo came to the office, went straight to his office and couldn’t get in and so he came back to inform him that he has not been given access to the place.
“So he informed him that the board asked him to secure the place and that the keys are with the cashier so he should go for it.
“My information from the acting Auditor-General is he [Domelevo] said he was very furious…and then he wasn’t going for it and then he went straight to Joy FM and the other FM stations and so that’s how the case was.
“His office is there, the keys are available with the cashier, if he wants to go there, he must get to the acting Auditor-General and he will direct him where he can get the keys to his office. Nobody has locked him out of the office.
“Anytime that he wants to come there, the courtesy is for him to [tell the acting that] I’m here to pick ABCD but you don’t just go there and take anything that you like and go back.
He explained that the acting is operating from his own office and that Mr Domelevo still have access to his office and that all the board is seeking to do is, it wants the acting to be aware anytime Mr Domelevo goes to the office as part of the security protocol.
“He doesn’t have to go to the radio stations anytime there is a small problem, radio stations are not meant for such things. You people [media] should have been able to distinguish between what may have prevented him from not going there.”
“He can go to the office today if he wants to go there. It is a matter of courtesy, tell the acting – Akuamoah Asiedu that look, I’m coming to the my office, where are the keys. He cannot just go there at night or day [without the acting knowing].
He said when he [Dua Agyemang] was the Auditor-General he never kept the keys to his office and that the secretary always kept the key or whoever cleans the place.
“We are fed up with the fact that anytime he goes to the radio station. Any small thing he goes to the radio station. Yesterday, was it necessary for him to go to the radio station, they [media] started calling me that I [Dua Agyemang] has locked him out, nobody has locked him out.”