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Sack your Controller and Accountant-General within 48hrs or meet us in court – ASEPA to Akufo-Addo

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The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fire Controller and Accountant-General Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem for his choice to run in the parliamentary primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party.

According to ASEPA, Kwaning-Bosompem’s continued tenure as Controller and Accountant-General while running for NPP parliamentary representation is a blatant breach of Ghana’s constitution.

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According to a statement issued by its Executive Director, Mensah Thompson, the civil society group stated that a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Ghana established that no member of the Civil Service or Local Government Service, such as the Controller and Accountant-General, can be in office while campaigning for election.

It went on to say that if President Akufo-Addo does not fire Kwaning-Bosompem within 48 hours, he will face the full force of the law.

“We are of the firm belief, that this does not only constitute a grave violation of the laws of this Country but also flies in the face of legal precedent and interpretation of the law established by the Supreme Court in the case of Civil and Local Government Service Staff Association (CLOSSAG) V. The Attorney General(2017) in suit number J1/16/2016

“In that case, the Supreme Court presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo clearly set out the position of the law on the participation of Civil Servants in Political activities,” part of the statement which was issued on January 5, 2024, reads.

It added, “… 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 of which will push us to challenge the action in Court”

The organization also advised Ghana’s Electoral Commission not to recognize Kwaning-Bosompem’s candidacy for the NPP parliamentary primary while he is still in public office.

If the government official is permitted to participate in the primaries, it has vowed to sue the Electoral Commission.

“We also serve notice to the Electoral Commission that the conduct of the Controller, having successfully filed his nominations to contest in a political party primaries while actively serving in a Civil Service Position is in clear breach of our laws and that therefore undermines his eligibility to contest as a member of Parliament even if he wins the political party primaries and the EC must be ready to reject his nominations as well or face us in Court,” it added.

 

 

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