OccupyGhana, a pressure group, is calling for the Auditor General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, to be charged with high crimes for failing to surcharge those mentioned in his annual reports.
The office has recently come under pressure to use the constitutionally allowed surcharge powers to recover millions of cedis that were misplaced as a result of financial irregularities.
The new Auditor General has only surcharged one individual since taking office, according to OccupyGhana, which filed a lawsuit in 2017 to ensure the application of the legislation. The group views this as a contempt for Supreme Court directives.
Ace Anan Ankomah, a member of the group, said that the Attorney General will be petitioned to start the Auditor General’s prosecution in an interview on Point of View on Citi TV that Ghanatodayonline.com watched.
What occurs if someone disregards the constitution?
According to Article 2, disobeying a constitutional command is a high crime, hence our attorney general should be putting together high crime charges against the auditor general.
Will he carry it out? To accuse the Auditor General of serious offenses, we will petition the Attorney General.
“If he still doesn’t do it, there is a mandatory order of the Supreme Court, he will be cited for contempt of court if he defies it. There is a third option. If you are charged for high crime, when you are prosecuted, you are barred from holding public office.”
Monday, September 5, was dubbed “Red Monday” by the Coalition for Democratic Accountability and Inclusive Governance, also known as Citizen Coalition.
At a media event, Dr. Kojo Pumpuni Asante, director of advocacy and policy engagement for the CDD, said, “We are really looking forward to making our voices very loud that the Auditor General has to exercise its surcharge powers if we are going to ensure that we are preserving the public purse.”