Auditor General warns against political interference, as he seeks to chase stolen funds.

By Anny Osabutey

Ghana’s Auditor General Daniel Domelevo has warned he will not entertain any political interference in his work as he seeks to retrieve monies ostensibly stolen by public officers.

There is a growing perception among a section of the public that persons found to have misappropriated or stolen state funds in reports released by the office of the Auditor General are not pursued, a situation which has emboldened others to do same.

But speaking on the Accra based JoyFm’s current Affairs programme Newsfile, Mr. Domelevo, whose appointment by the previous government was greeted with skepticism, said he does not expect any extend hands in his work, because he is determined to work “professionally” as possible.

“Let me say that I am committed to doing my work, and  I will do it professionally.”

He was speaking in connection with a judgment awarded to pressure group Occupy Ghana by the Supreme Court, which ordered his office to initiate processes of  surcharging persons found to have misappropriated State funds.

The seven member panel which gave the verdict said, where possible, those found to have looted state funds made to face criminal prosecution and the Attorney General should be the one initiating the process.

A member of the Occupy Ghana Ace Ankomah, who was also on the programme, said the case against the Auditor General has been on for three years and despite the difficulties, he is happy finality has been brought to it, though he admits the current constitution empowers the AG to undertake the very exercise they went to court to enforce.

Mr. Domelovo on his part said inasmuch as he is happy with the ruling, it is important for those who raise issues of criminality against persons to substantiate the allegations.

“It is not just about saying that somebody has embezzled funds, you have to prove and prove it.”

Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah renewed government’s committed to ensure the public purse is protected, and will do everything possible to empower agencies of state to work, efficiently.