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Nov. 27, 2019
The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has vowed to continue its investigations of the Auditor-General, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo. without fear or favour.
The Office indicated it will not relent in its efforts at carrying out its mandate and will continue to discharge them in accordance with law and standard practice.
A statement issued by the outfit on Wednesday and copied to the Custodian Newspaper stated that it has become imperative to address public discussions on the matter to cure misinformation about the purpose of the investigation.
EOCO stated that the investigation is premised on a petition it received on October 14 th , 2019 that cited Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo, the Auditor-General, Mrs. Roberta Assiamah-Appiah, a Deputy Auditor-General Finance and Administration, and the Audit Service Board as well as other officials of the Ghana Audit Service for various breaches of the Public Procurement Act 2003, (Act 663).
“As is standard practice, the said officials have been invited through the Auditor-General to assist the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) with investigations.”
“The ensuing investigation is consistent with the mandate of EOCO and all persons of interest listed above are being questioned. The investigation is limited to a specific matter and has no bearing on the Auditor-General’s work in general.”
According to the statement, contrary to claims that the investigation is improper in law and not competent to secure removal of the Auditor-General from office, Section 3 of Act 804, which outlines the functions of the Office include investigation and prosecution of serious offences on the authority of the Attorney-General.
“The serious offences are further defined in section 74 of Act 804 extensively and not restricted to corruption related offences.”
EOCO argued that the Office of the Special Prosecutor does not oust its jurisdiction from investigating other serious offences that are not necessarily of a corruption related nature, and stressed its jurisdiction is not extinguished by Act 959 as claimed.
It explained the investigation is not aimed at the removal of the Auditor-General from office because it has no interest in such action or the authority.
“The investigation by the Office of the various individuals is 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 therefore misplaced,” the statement said.
The outfit assured stakeholders that its works with outmost respect for the rule of law, human rights and respect for the Constitution of Ghana and will continue to carry out the investigation as mandated by the relevant laws of the state.
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