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ASEPA threatens legal action against Controller and Accountant-General

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The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has given the Controller and Accountant-General, Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, a two-week deadline or face legal action.

This is in response to Kwaning-Bosompem’s decision to run in the New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primary for the Akim Swedru Constituency.

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ASEPA claims Kwaning-Bosompem’s nomination breaches the Civil Service Act, PNDC Law 327, and has requested that President Nana Akufo-Addo withdraw his appointment.

ASEPA claims in a letter to the chairman of the Civil Service Commission that the aspirant’s political involvement violates the statutes governing public service, thereby justifying his dismissal.

The letter from ASEPA to President Akufo-Addo warns, “Based on the above, we hereby serve notice to President Akufo-Addo that the conduct of the Controller and Accountant General constitutes a gross violation of the laws of this land, and as such, he must be removed from office immediately. Failure to do so will compel us to challenge the action in court.”

Since news of Kwaning-Bosompem’s political ambitions became known, calls for his resignation have become louder.

Critics point to Article 94(3) of the constitution, which prevents some officeholders from running for parliamentary seats, including members of the Police Service, Prisons Service, Armed Forces, Judicial Service, Legal Service, Civil Service, and Audit Service.

However, NPP Director of Communication Richard Ahiagbah disagrees with this view, claiming that no legislation forbids Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem from voting in the January 27 election.

 

 

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