Daniel Yao Domelevo made the headlines in view of the manner he left office as the Auditor General of Ghana.
The good and the bad side of the process used to push him out of office have received extensive coverage in the media.
In this article, we will tell you more about who Daniel Yao Domelevo is, his educational background, work experience and the impact he has made in society–Ghana and beyond.
Mr Daniel Yao Domelevo is an accountant by profession who served as Auditor General of the Republic of Ghana between 2016 and 2020.
Mr Domelevo was appointed by the then President John Dramani Mahama in the year 2016. He succeeded Richard Quartei Quartey.
As an astute accountant, he discharged his duties at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning for more than 10years.
Domelevo previously worked at the World Bank in the capacity as Senior Financial Management Specialist whose duty was to enhance the Public Financial Management (PFM) projects in Malawi and Zimbabwe respectively.
He was the Chief Accountant for the Ghana Film Industry Corporation (Present day TV3).
In terms of education, Domelevo obtained an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from University of Ghana Business School.
Daniel Yao Domelevo was adjudged the Integrity Personality of the Year at the maiden edition of Integrity awards which was organised by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of Transparency International in December 2019.
He was recognised along with four other high level anti-graft campaigners — Manasseh Azure Awuni, freelance investigative journalist; David Boateng Asante, Managing Director of the Ghana Publishing Company; Ato Ulzen-Appiah, Director of the Ghana Think Foundation, and Edward Sowah Adjetey, an engineer at the State Housing Company Limited.
Daniel Yao Domelevo Sacked From Office
In July 2020, Mr Domelevo was served a notice from the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana to take his accumulated annual leave which lasted for 167days.
He resumed work as the Auditor General on 3rd March 2021. He was however served his retirement letter from the seat of government through the Executive Secretary at the Presidency.
Mr Domelevo was kicked out of office in accordance with article 199(1) of the constitution of Ghana which states that one cannot hold a public office after the attainment of age 60.
Mr Domelevo’s nationality as a Ghanaian has also been challenged by some government officials alleging that he is a Togolese.
Domelevo has contested these claims, insisting he’s a Ghanaian and had also not attained 60 years when Nana Bediatuo Asante, Executive Secretary to President Nana Akufo-Addo announced his retirement and appointed Johnson Akuamoa-Asiedu to replace him.
A letter addressed to Mr Domelevo on 3rd March, 2021 read:
‘The attention of the President of the Republic has been drawn to records and documents made available to this Office by the Audit Service, that indicate that your date of birth is 1st June, 1960, and that in accordance with article 199 (1) of the Constitution, your date of retirement as Auditor-General was 1st June, 2020’, and ‘Based on this information, the President is of the view that you have formally left office’.
‘The President thanks you for your service to the nation and wishes you the very best in your future endeavours’, the March 3 statement concluded.
Read the letter below.