President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has defended his anti-corruption record, stating that former Auditor-General Daniel Domelevo was not pushed out. Mr. Domelevo was first requested to go on accrued leave by the President in June 2020, and then asked to retire on March 3 of this year.
Mr Domelevo was not targeted, President Akufo-Addo said in an interview with CNN on Monday (May 3, 2021), but it was because he had reached Ghana’s national retirement age of 60.
“There is a time for retirement that is set by law, not by me. If you are 60 years old, you are no longer allowed to work in the public sector… The Auditor-General, like me, should be among the first to recognize our country’s laws,” he said.
He went on to say that he was pleased with his government’s anti-corruption efforts so far.
“Do I believe we’ve been successful?” Yes, I’ll agree. Much has been accomplished, as shown by Ghana’s improving status and corruption rankings around the world. We’ve stepped it up a notch since I took office because we’re dealing with these issues on a fundamental level,” he added.
He also said that the country’s anti-corruption agencies were under-resourced when he took office in 2017, but that he has ensured that they are sufficiently resourced to do their jobs.
“When I first took office, the anti-corruption institutions in our country were severely underfunded. We can talk about corruption all we want and make all the wonderful comments we want, but if the tools at our disposal to deal with it are poor and blunt, we won’t get anywhere,” he said.