The Vice President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil says President Akufo-Addo’s letter in response to the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations’ claims on Daniel Domelevo’s ‘forced’ retirement is simply a sad attempt to switch the narrative.
The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations Against Corruption had alleged that the circumstances surrounding the decision to force Mr Domelovo into retirement appears to suggest that the government has lost interest in fighting corruption.
However, in a 21-paged response to the Coalition, President Akufo-Addo insists that he is still committed to the fight against corruption and protecting the public purse.
This, he said is evident in the support his administration gave to Mr. Domelovo and the Audit Service since it assumed office.
The President further suggested that the decision by former President John Dramani Mahama to appoint Mr. Domelevo after his defeat in the 2016 polls, was to “pursue a particular agenda.”
But reacting to President Akufo-Addo’s response, Kofi Bentil said the long explanation failed to exonerate the Presidency of any of the accusations levelled against them by the Coalition of CSOs.
Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile Saturday, he said, “If you have a good case you don’t need a lot of words to explain yourself. It is clear that the public sees this as running out Domelevo who generally is considered to be the best Auditor-General we’ve had in this country.
“And the explanations have not helped them. It is just a sad attempt to try and switch the narrative.”
He mentioned that the tactics being employed against Mr. Domelevo were the same used by the Presidency in the case of former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, however, unlike in the case of Martin Amidu, the tactic had failed.
“Let me say that in the case of Special Prosecutor Amidu, it may have worked, but in this particular case it had the opposite effect. And if you read the long letter, the first two pages want to suggest that Daniel Domelevo is one, unqualified, unfit, a late implant to come and harass the present government.”
Kofi Bentil reiterated the stance of the Coalition of CSOs that indeed, the Presidency had hounded Mr. Domelevo out of office for its own ulterior motive.
‘So you can go on and on and on and every step of the way, there are glaring actions and sometimes they are patently illegal, and all of this point to a clear motive that there is a concerted attempt to drive this man out,” he said.