"I cannot imagine that the surcharge and disallowance were not based on documentation, and so the documentation should be immediately available; unless a ghost has hijacked the document...," wondered Abdul Malik Kweku Baako.
The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper was reacting to a ruling by the Financial and Economic High Court on a case between the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo and Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, wherein the former was found to be in contempt of court over his failure to respond in time to an appeal by the Senior Minister.
The Auditor-General was supposed to respond to a petition against a surcharge asking Osafo-Maafo to pay back to the state some 1 million dollars paid to Kroll and Associates for its audit services rendered to the state.
Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe in its ruling indicated that the reasons Mr. Domelovo has given that he was finishing a report for parliament, to be laid in June 2020 and that his Secretary placed the Court documents on his desk but he saw it a month after for which reason he was unable to respond appropriately, is untenable.
But the seasoned journalist believes finishing a report for parliament is not an excuse enough because Mr Domelevo is not running a one-man-show.
Mr Baako who holds the Auditor-General in high esteem because of his diligence admitted that 'this particular case takes away some credit' from the A-G's diligence.
"I believe he should still be given the support; I think he’s good a man of conviction . . . I will continue to give him critical support; not absolute support . . . this particular case takes away some credit. I’ve heard people saying he was busy auditing documents for parliament, how is that excusable? Is it a one-man show or it’s an office? There’s a structure . . . you have to be sufficiently prepared. Where are the documents; you can’t tell me they have been eaten up by rats or sold to the kelewele seller," he said on 'Kokrokoo' morning show on Peace FM.