The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak says the refusal of the Auditor General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu to surcharge persons found culpable is not in public interest.
In a statement the lawmaker disclosed as a member of the Public Accounts Committee he has confronted the Auditor General on the matter no action has been taken so far.
“I had hoped that would ginger him to apply the power to disallow and surcharge in the public interest, but no.
“Why has the current Auditor General (AG) Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, refused to use the power to disallow and surcharge to recover public funds when Daniel Yaw Domelevo used same to recover GH 66M,” Mr. Apaak stated.
He continued “The power to disallow and surcharge was affirmed by the Supreme Court in the OccupyGhana case, and Daniel Yaw Domelevo gave it effect, until he was hounded out of office.
“Strangely Domelevo’s successor, the current AG, John Akuamoah Asiedu, has refused to use this power/authority. The 2020 & 2021 AG reports on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) alone, which he superintended over, indicate that GH 12B & GH 17B can’t be accounted for respectively. Yet, he is not surcharging!
According to the MP, he is convinced that the current AG is not working in the public interest, “he is not helping to protect the public purse. In fact, he is enhancing the dissipation of public resources.
“It’s a shame that rather than working against corruption, the refusal of Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu to disallow and surcharge is enhancing corruption.
“An AG whose work is against the public interest is not fit for purpose and ought not to be tolerated. A public officer must work in the public interest.”