Yaw Buaben slams NDC for politicising tussle between EOCO and Auditor General Featured

By By Nana Yaw Dwamena November 27, 2019 498 0
Yaw Buaben Asamoa, NPP communications director Yaw Buaben Asamoa, NPP communications director

The communications director of the New Patriotic Party, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, has described as unfortunate attempts by the opposition National Democratic Congress to put a political spin on the ongoing tussle between the Auditor General and the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO).

At a press conference on Monday the NDC accused the government of scheming to remove Daniel Yaw Domelevo from office as Auditor General because he is exposing the rot in the government.

The NDC general secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, described EOCO’s investigation of the Auditor General for alleged procurement breaches as unacceptable.

According to the NDC, EOCO recently moved to open the case because the Auditor General has surcharged the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, US$1 million for an alleged wrongful payment to a private company.

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However, in an interview, Mr Buaben Asamoa said the NDC is wrong about the matter.

“It is the height of irresponsibility for the NDC to seek to undermine the constitutional office and mandate of the Auditor General by bringing in their usual NDC-NPP politics. They have consistently succeeded in undermining national institutions and the national agenda with their NDC-NPP agenda,” he said.

He advised the NDC must stay away from the ensuing matter in which the Auditor General is seeking a court interpretation of whether or not EOCO has the mandate to investigate his office for alleged procurement breaches.

Call for intervention

Meanwhile, a private legal practitioner, Yaw Oppong, believes an out-of-court settlement of the tussle between the Auditor General and EOCO is the way forward to resolving the impasse.

Speaking on Citi TV’s Big Issue, Mr Oppong said it will be prudent for the two parties to adopt such an approach, arguing that it will be in their own interest.

He added that the “powers that be”, such as the Attorney General and even the President, should consider stepping in and appealing for an end to the turmoil.

“They should cease fire for the court to determine this important matter. But I would have wished that the matter is withdrawn for an amicable solution because it affects national security.

“If, indeed, Mr Domelevo’s rights have been violated, this matter can still be addressed amicably among all the stakeholders. I wish the Attorney General, in particular, will take up this matter and invite them for a meeting. The Office of the President can also take it up,” Mr Oppong said.

EOCO began investigating the Audit Service after it received a petition alleging procurement breaches.

In a letter to the investigative body, Mr Domelevo argued that EOCO has no legal mandate to probe him and his office.

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