Lawyer Martin Kpebu has made a request to President Akufo-Addo to review his decision on asking the Auditor-General to take an accumulated annual leave and call him back to office.
Mr. Kpeku says although the Constitution makes provisions for public officers to proceed on leaves, Mr Domelevo’s case could have been handled better.
“The President should call him back and then moving forward, every year, they should come up with a plan…this is not the time for him [Domelevo] to go on leave,” he said on Joy FM’s Top Story
Mr. Domelevo, June 30, 2020, was directed by the President to take his accumulated annual leave of 123 working days.
A statement from the Presidency explained that the decision is based on sections 20 (1) and 31 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), which apply to workers, including public office holders such as the Auditor-General, but there have been concerns from the public on the matter.
Mr. Kpebu has admitted that the Constitution makes provision for public officers to proceed on leaves, however, he says the President asking the Auditor-General to proceed on a leave at this time does not serve the best interest of the country.
“There’s been a previous supreme Court all of this trying to make sure that the office is truly independent.
“The Constitution envisages that a worker should rest but at this time that the Auditor-General has been given a very critical national assignment is not the best time for him to go on leave,” he said.
He is, therefore, suggesting that the must engage the President must engage the Auditor-General and come up with an internal plan on how persons holding that office should proceed on leaves and subsequently plan that of Mr. Domelevo.
“In some cases, the employer engages the employee by asking when he or she wants to take the leave.
“When that is done and the employee doesn’t take the leave, it’s up to the employer to engage the employee,” he said.
Source: Jessie Ola-Morris