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Domelevo was not forced out of office – Akufo-Addo tells CNN

President Akufo-Addo has rubbished claims that former Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo was hounded out of office by his administration.

Responding to a question in an interview with American based cable television station, CNN, President Akufo-Addo said Mr Domelevo’s resignation was due to his attainment of the national retirement age of 60.

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“There’s a time for retiring which is prescribed by statue not my making. If you are 60 years old you’re suppose no longer to be able to work in the public service,” he said.

On March 3, Mr Yo Domelevo was retired by the President after return from a 167-day leave directed by the Office of the President.

In a letter by the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, “The attention of the President of the Republic has been drawn to records and documents made available to this Office by the Audit Service, that indicate that your date of birth is June 1, 1960, and that in accordance with article 199 (1) of the Constitution, your date of retirement as Auditor-General was June 1, 2020”.

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The move was widely criticised by a number of people and boldly defended by a number of government officials and party surrogates.

But President Akufo-Addo insists that the move was purely one based on the tenets of the country’s constitution and not out of malice as has been widely suggested.

“The Auditor-General, like me… should be some of the first [persons] to recognize the laws in our country,” the President said to CNN in an interview on Monday.

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