Ghana’s Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, has been found guilty of contempt by the court.
The Auditor-General failed to respond to a suit filed by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo in connection with a $1-m surcharge of the former finance minister.
The Auditor-General had told the court that he was filing an audit report for parliament, thus, his inability to respond to the suit.
But the court, on Tuesday, 12 May found the excuse “untenable” and described it as an “afterthought.”
The judge, Justice Botwe, cautioned rather than sentenced Daniel Yaw Domelevo due to the importance of his role in the governance of the country.
Senior Minister, Osafo-Maafo and the others filed an appeal at the Registry of the High Court, Accra, in which they asked the court to set aside the A-G’s decision to disallow the payment of some $1m to Kroll & Associates and the subsequent surcharging of Osafo-Maafo and the four.
Upon service of the appeal on the A-G, he was required to file the documents on which he based that decision and reply to the appeal 14 days after service.
A search conducted at the High Court Accra on 14 January 2020 revealed that the A-G was served with the appeal on 13 December 2019 but did not file the said documents.
By law, the failure to file such documents 14 days after service of the appeal constitutes contempt of the High Court.
Below is the full judgement;