The President of the IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Franklin Cudjoe, has lauded Civil Society Groups in the country for their role in suing the Attorney-General over President Nana Addo Dankwa’s ousting of the then Auditor-General Daniel Domelevo from office.
The Imani President’s comment comes on the back of the Supreme Court’s decision that President Akufo-Addo's directive to Mr Domelevo to proceed on a protracted leave, while he was the Auditor-General, was unconstitutional.
Also, the apex court determined as unconstitutional, the president’s appointment of an Acting Auditor-General during that leave period.
Following a letter of protestation to the president's 123-day ‘proceed on leave’ directive, Mr Domelevo incurred an additional 44 more forced leave days in a response from the presidency, making it 167 days, effective 1 July 2020.
Civil society groups and individuals condemned the directive and sought interpretation from the apex court.
One of them was US-based Ghanaian law professor, Kwaku Asare, who sued the Attorney General over the matter.
Prof Asare, in a suit, prayed the Supreme Court for “a declaration that the President’s appointment of Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu to act as the Auditor-General is inconsistent with or is in contravention of the letter and spirit of articles 187(1), 187(7)(a)”.
“An order directing the president, his agents, assigns, privies, servants and whomsoever of whatever description to cease and desist from issuing directives to the Auditor-General.”
Commenting on the matter in a tweet, the Imani President noted: “Domelevo defeats authoritarianism.”
He continued that: “Just that justice was delivered so late. Kudos to the CDD and CSOs that fought the ‘unconstitutional’ presidential order to remove Domelevo.”