Former Member of Parliament for Tema East, Daniel Titus-Glover has said the Justices who have been captured in the Auditor General’s report for ‘unlawful’ purchase of vehicles did no wrong because it was an offer that was extended to them which they accepted.
He also wondered whether those Justices were given the opportunity to respond to the findings of the Auditor General prior to the release of the report.
The 2021 report noted that between 2016 and 2021, the Judicial Service granted loans to 99 officers totalling GH¢303,709.94 and recovered a total amount of GH¢145,006.58 leaving an outstanding amount of GH¢158,703.36 as at 31 December 2021. 728.
“We recommended that the Judicial Secretary should liaise with the Controller and Accountant General to have the loans deducted from the salaries of the staff involved. Auction of official vehicles without authority – GH¢1,023,507.00 729,” it said.
Regulation 158 of Public Financial Management Regulations, 2019 (L.I. 2378) states that, the Principal Spending Officer of a covered entity shall obtain the prior written approval of the Minister for the transfer, exchange, sale, donation, contribution-in-kind, trust and any other disposal of any vehicles of the covered entity.
Also, Regulation 158 states that, any disposal, lease and other action referred to in Sub-regulation 1 that is made without the written approval of the Minister, is void. 730.
“Our examination of records of the Transport Unit for 2021 revealed that 19 official vehicles were auctioned by the Service for GH¢1,023,507.96 without approval from the Minister of Finance.”
“In the absence of approval from the Minister for Finance, we recommended that the auction should be nullified, and the vehicles recovered,” the report said.
Speaking on this matter on TV3’s New Day show with Johnnie Hughes on Wednesday August 31, Mr Titus-Glover said “The judges have not done anything wrong.”
“The Auditor General must tell us, was there any communication between the justices and those who matters? Let us not conclude that the judges are corrupt,” he added.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana