Sunday, 23 February

Kroll case: Domelevo asks for more time to file defence

Auditor-General Daniel Yao Domelevo

Auditor-General Daniel Yaw Domelevo is pleading with Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo for more time to access, collate and file documents and evidence upon which he based his disallowance and surcharge decision against the former Finance Minister and four other public officers.

Mr Domelevo failed to file the said documents at the high court 14 days after he was served with the appeal filed by Mr Osafo-Maafo and the four others contrary to the provisions of the applicable law which deems such conduct a contempt of the High Court.

This prompted the Senior Minister and the others to comply with the law by citing the A-G for contempt of the Accra High Court.

Subsequent to the publication of the contempt application, the A-G, in a letter, has asked Mr Osafo-Maafo and the four others for a “further period of 14 days”.

The Auditor-General was mandated to file with the Registry of the High Court copies of all the documents he relied upon in making a decision to disallow the payment of $1 million to Kroll & Associates for allegedly no work done and his subsequent surcharging of the Minister.

Based on information already in the public domain, Mr Osafo-Maafo and the four others believe that the Auditor-General could not produce any document in accordance with the provisions of Order 54A rule 5(1) within the period provided by the law because he did not have any audit working papers. It is their contention that if the A-G did, he could have readily accessed and filed them within 14 days.