Corruption Fight ‘I’m not desperate for prosecutorial powers’ – Auditor-General

The Auditor-General believes his request to be granted prosecutorial powers has been "played out of proportion by the media”.

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The Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, says he is not desperate to acquire powers from the Attorney-General, which would enable him prosecute corrupt public officials.

He believes his request for prosecutorial powers has been “played out of proportion by the media”.

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Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mr. Domelevo said he is neither “dying” nor “in dire need” of such powers as being widely speculated.

“That is just a request we have made to the Attorney General. It is not something I am dying for. I’m not in dire need of prosecutorial powers, that is not my job. My job ends with audit,” he said.

“If there is a need and the Attorney General wants to extend that power to me, I will help. So it’s not like when we don’t get that power from the Attorney General, we cannot function as auditors. It is being played out of proportion by the media.”

  play Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo

On Monday the Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo revealed that he has written to the Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo, to request for prosecutorial powers over public officials who engage in corrupt practices.

He explained that his request does not seek to undermine the Attorney-General’s office but to help out in bringing persons indicted in the Auditor-General’s report to book.

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“If a fiat is given by the Attorney General to Audit Service just like it has been given to the police and others to prosecute…which I have actually applied for, you will see me in action,” Mr. Domelevo said.

However, the Auditor-General feels that media has not handled the issue properly, with some media houses taking advantage to have a go at the Attorney-General.

This, Mr. Domelevo said, makes him “feel bad” as he holds complete respect for the Attorney-General’s office.

“They’ve also made me feel bad like it is the media against the Attorney General. So it’s not like when we don’t get that power from the Attorney General, we cannot function as auditors. It is being played out of proportion by the media,” he added.

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