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Supreme Court orders Auditor General to retrieve all ‘stolen’ monies

The Supreme Court has ordered the Auditor General to start the process of surcharging all persons who are found to have misappropriated public fund in their reports.

This ruling was passed after a pressure group, Occupy Ghana filed a suit against the Auditor General praying the court to compel them not to only report on financial misappropriations by public officials but to take steps to retrieve all state finances that may have gone into wrong hands.

The Supreme Court Justices also ordered that where applicable, criminal Action should be instituted against accused persons by the Attorney General.

Occupy Ghana sued the Attorney General and the Auditor General for refusing to surcharge persons who are said to have misappropriated monies belonging to the state to the tune of over GHc40 billion.

Occupy Ghana in 2014 wrote a letter to the Auditor General reminding it to surcharge such persons or face them in court.
Below are all three reliefs granted by the court;
1. The Auditor-General must issue disallowance and surcharge in respect of all monies found to have been expended contrary to law.
2. The Auditor-General must take steps to recover all amounts lost to the state, and this covers private persons.
3. Attorney-General must ensure enforcement of the orders including criminal prosecution where necessary

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