A private legal practitioner Lawyer John Ndebugre has expressed worry about the 400 members of the civil society groups that are putting pressure on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to bring back the Auditor General Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo who has been directed to continue his accumulated annual leave.
Speaking on sources Fm 100.1 on the “hot pot” show with WESCO Gh monitored by Coverghana.com.gh, the former Member of Parliament for Bawku West Constituency said, the Law of the land is explicitly clear on accumulated leave for public sector workers.
According to him, “The law said, if you are a government worker or you are working in a private institution you have to go on leave at least fifteen (15) working days every year. He disclosed that, the appointment letter of Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo as the Auditor-General indicates that, he must take his leave for 44 working days every year.
Lawyer John Ndebugre further explained that, the Labour Law clearly states that, one must take his or her leave irrespective of who is involved. In the past, leave for workers are either accumulated where they will enjoy when going on retirement. The leave may either be convert into capital for the state to pay the beneficiaries or otherwise.
That Section of the Law, according to him, has been cancelled when he was the Minister during the PNDC regime and another Law was made. The Labour Act, Section 31 ensures that, every worker takes his/her leave, if the employer and the employee even made an agreement that the employee cannot go on leave, it is will be unaccepted.
“If you have your leave for 44 days every year and you didn’t go for leave in 2017, 2018, 2019. Add the days and see, the president has done no wrong for directing him to take his accumulated annual leave. I’m surprise over the entrenched position of members of the civil society groups who petitioned the president to bring back the Auditor General, Mr Yaw Daniel Domelevo.” He explained.
He noted that, if the civil society groups are petitioning for the Auditor-General to come back and continue his service, they should have petitioned parliament to change the law for Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo to remain in office as the only Auditor-General in Ghana, since he is the only one that God have created to come and fight corruption.
Lawyer Ndebugre expresses worry concerning the Auditor-General’s behaviour saying “He is the one who is supposed to ensure every worker takes his/her leave and he (the Auditor-General) is refusing to go on his leave, how then can he ensure that all the workers takes their leave since he is the leader, is that right” He asked.
Lawyer Ndebugre again said, the president has no right calling Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo back to office since he has issued his executive powers unless court orders that can bring him back else he has to finish spending his accumulated annual leave.
Listen to the audio interview below.