Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Marfo has cited the Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo for contempt over the $1m Kroll payment surcharge against him.
Osafo-Maafo and four other applicants who are officials of the Ministry of Finance had sued Mr. Domelevo in what appears to be an unfolding legal gymnastics over the allegation of underhand dealings in contracting a purported asset recovery contract to UK-based Kroll Associates for a whopping US$ 1 million.
The writ filed against the Auditor-General is asking the court to commit the Auditor General to prison, or otherwise, punish him for his alleged contemptuous conduct in accordance with the law.
Mr. Osafo-Maafo through his lawyer, Yaw D. Oppong argued that the Auditor General’s refusal to file the required documents at the court and reply to the Notice and grounds of Appeal within the mandatorily stipulated time constitutes a contempt of court.
The Senior Minister believes Mr. Domelevo is deliberately hunting him over the controversial Kroll contract “to achieve his [Domelevo’s] own invidious agenda and also with a view to preventing the Court from efficiently ascertaining the full circumstances of the case.”
“That the refusal of the Respondent to file the relevant documents and a reply contrary to the relevant provisions of the law is a confirmation of our conviction that the Respondent in taking the decision against us and the subsequent resort to media propaganda to damnify us, and disparage our hard-earned reputation, he was actuated by malice and lack of good faith and without legal basis whatsoever,” he argued.
The Auditor-General, last year had exposed what he called a curious arrangement between the Ministry of Finance and the Senior Minister for paying a UK firm, Kroll and Associates Limited the amount of money despite no work done.
Mr. Osafo-Maafo had said he was resorting to the courts because “the evidence available shows clearly that the Auditor-General erred in law and professional procedures in the exercise of his powers regarding his audit on payments to Kroll and Associates Limited.”