OccupyGhana stated that it has followed the story about the Auditor-General disallowing a one million dollar payment and surcharging the Senior Minister, Osafo Maafo, with that amount.
The group said it has also seen a statement dated 11th December 2019, issued by the Senior Minister in which he states his disagreement with the disallowance and surcharge and communicates his intention to challenge them in court.
In a press statement, OccupyGhana said “we do not think that these momentous developments in our history ought to pass without comment.”
This is probably the first time in this that an Auditor-General has dared to issue a disallowance and then surcharge a minister; and no less a minister than the Senior Minister.
Under the constitutional dispensation the country is blessed with, the group added that, the Auditor-General who issued the disallowance and surcharge cannot mysteriously disappear, adding that he cannot be shut up.
“He cannot be arrested or lose his job for doing his work. Rather, people he surcharges (whoever they are) have no option but to work under the principles of constitutionalism and the rule of law, and to challenge the Auditor-General in court,” the statement added.