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Asking me to proceed on leave unconstitutional, reconsider it – Domelevo to Akufo-Addo

The Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo, has written to the Presidency urging President Akufo-Addo to reconsider the directive to him to proceed on his accumulated 123 days leave.

According to Mr Domelevo, the directive breaches the labour law and is unconstitutional.

He argued that based on the labour law, “no worker is deemed to have accumulated any leave on account of their having failed, omitted, neglected or even refused to enjoy their right to annual leave, which the law guarantees for their benefit, not the employer.”

He stated that to the best of his knowledge, therefore, “wherein any given year a worker fails, omits, neglects or even refuses to take their annual leave such leave is deemed forfeited with no corresponding obligation on the part of the employer to enforce the workers right to take their leave by assuming, deeming or declaring the forfeited leave accumulated.”

“I am also informed that by law every person is entitled same in very limited circumstances to wave what the law has ordained for their benefit, in this case, a worker’s leave. Be that as it may, the directive that I proceed on leave and hand ‘over all matters relating to the office to Mr Johnson Akuamoah’ with all due respect has serious implications for the institutional independence of the office of the auditor general,” the letter said.

He noted that he feels his corruption fight is embarrassing the government, hence, the directive for him to proceed on leave.

He also did not understand why some government appointees appointed in 2017 have not exhausted their leave but are being left to work while he is being forced to take his accumulative leave.

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