The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has asked the Auditor-General to follow constitutional procedures by presenting his reports to Parliament and desist from leaking it to the press.
He said the Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo’s continuous disregard for constitutional procedures was worrying and added that leaking reports to the press, disturbs the work of Parliament at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
This, he said was because, media discussions on the issues in the report, denies the persons mentioned in the report the opportunity to defend or offer explanations when they are implicated.
In addition to that, he said the only alternative for such persons, is to resort to the courts to clear their names and when that happens before the Public Accounts Committee looks at the report, it disturbs the work of the committee, since the court cases have to conclude before the committee is able to look at it.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said depending on how the court decides on the issues, Parliament is sometimes unable to do anything about the report after the court cases.
He said the PAC ought to investigate and allow people mentioned in the report to defend themselves or offer explanations but when it is leaked, it denies the persons mentioned in the report the opportunity to offer explanations before the PAC sits on the matter.
To Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, even though the Auditor-General has previously distanced himself personally from the leak to the press, it was about time Mr Domelevo showed leadership and ensures that his office follows the constitutional processes.
He made the argument in a radio interview with Accra based Okay FM on its morning show programme monitored by Graphic Online on Tuesday morning [May 19, 2020].