We have power to probe Auditor General – EOCO

We have power to probe Auditor General – EOCO

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has challenged the claims suggesting the firm has no power to investigate the Auditor General.

In a statement, EOCO said it “will not relent in its efforts in carrying out its mandate of investigation in accordance with the relevant laws of the land.”

Explaining further, EOCO indicated their investigations into Daniel Domelevo, his deputy, other officials of the Service and the Audit Service Board is not intended to get them removed from office.

“The investigation by EOCO is not aimed at the removal of an Auditor-General from office. EOCO is neither seized with the power to nor interested in removing an Auditor-General from office. The investigations by the Office of the various individuals arc in line with our legal mandate and purely borne out of due process.

“The attempt to equate EOCO’s investigation to constitutional processes for removal from office is additionally misplaced. In Conclusion, EOCO assures all stakeholders that it works with utmost respect for thc rulc of Iths. human rights and respect for thc Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. The Office will not relent in its efforts at carrying out i. mandate of investigation in accordance with the relevant laws of the land.

“We wish to assure all persons that EOCO Office will go ahead with thvestigations into matters referred to it without fear or favour, and will continue to discharge its mandate in accordance with law and standani practice.

“Meanwhile, it is our undersumding that Mr. Domcicvo has commenced legal proceedings challenging EOCO’s powers to investigate him. This Officc will respond to the processes of the Courts when it is seized with same,” a statement from EOCO said.

Background

The Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, lamented recently how his trial in the hands of EOCO was unconstitutional.

The trial is in relation to alleged procurement breaches in respect of some vehicles procured by the Ghana Audit Service (GAS) in 2018.

In a November 18, 2019 letter addressed to the Acting Executive Director of EOCO, Mr. Domelevo bemoaned his woes in the hands of EOCO.

He narrated in the letter that for close to four weeks now, EOCO has been inviting officers of GAS including himself on the premise of investigating the alleged procurement malpractices.

“I was personally invited by a letter dated November 7, 2019 which invitation I honoured out of respect for your office on 14th November, 2019 only to be cautioned by your officers and asked for a caution statement which I gave,” his letter sighted by hopeghananews.com read.

It added that “I had had to be granted bail – thanks to my driver – before I was allowed to leave your premises.”

In the letter, the Auditor General argued strongly that EOCO does not have the jurisdiction to investigate corruption related offences which have been defined in Act 959 to include breaches of procurement.

He further argued in the letter that “it is quite bizarre and unfathomable why your office would purport to be investigating procurement breaches when in fact it does not have any legal authority to do so unless there is any hidden or ill motives behind your actions.”

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