The Audit Service has said it will not entertain pressure from any individual or organisation in the discharge of its duties.
OccupyGhana issued a 30 day ultimatum to the Auditor General to prosecute corrupt officials and recover all unaccounted for monies recorded in its report over the past few years.
It has threatened to drag the Auditor General to court if it fails to recover state funds which were illegally paid to various public officials.
But in a rebuttal, the Audit Service said the constitution permits it to function without control from any person or authority.
“This office wishes to draw your attention to Article 187 (7) (a) of the Constitution, which states that the Auditor General shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority in the performance of his function”
The Audit Service was however quick to add that it will study the letter issued by the group on surging corrupt practices in the country and appropriately respond.
A letter signed by the acting Auditor General, Richard A. Asiedu indicated that “ in the interest of accountability and public trust as well as the modern concepts of governance, this Office will carefully study your letter and proceed to provide you a response as a means of educating OccupyGhana and the general public on …matters raised in your letter…”
Ghana has recorded a number of corrupt scandals over the past few years.
The Public Accounts Committee(PAC) has raised concerns over the mismanagement of funds by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies(MMDAs).
The PAC recently revealed that officials at the Bole District Assembly wasted about Ghc 11,000 meant for the disabled, to organize Assembly meetings.
source : citifmonline.com