Calls for Sanitation Minister’s Removal Amidst Allegations of Keeping Large Sums of Money at Home

Some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are urging President Akufo-Addo to immediately dismiss Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, following reports that she allegedly kept substantial amounts of money at her residence. The accusations surfaced after her two house helps were arrested for stealing the money.

MPs for Bole Bamboi and Kumbungu, Yussif Sulemana and Hamza Adam, respectively, made the demand, stressing that it is unlawful for a Minister to possess such vast sums of money at home. They believe that the President’s action in firing her would demonstrate a commitment to fighting corruption.

“If it’s true that she kept that huge sum of money in her house…the first thing is for the President to sack her. That’s the only way we would know that the President is fighting corruption,” said Yussif Sulemana during a media address.

Hamza Adam expressed shock over the allegations and emphasized the need for a thorough investigation to establish the truth of the matter.

Meanwhile, former President John Dramani Mahama has already voiced his concern, questioning the conduct of the Minister and calling it scandalous. He expressed his dismay on social media and called for the issue to be addressed.

Background details reveal that an Accra Circuit Court has been informed about the alleged theft of significant sums of money and personal belongings from the Minister’s residence, which reportedly occurred between July and October the previous year. The court is currently handling the case involving two house helps who are facing charges for their alleged involvement in the theft.

The charges against the accused individuals include conspiracy to commit a crime and multiple counts of stealing, involving millions of US dollars, Euros, and Ghanaian Cedis. The stolen items also include personal belongings of the Minister, such as clothes, handbags, perfumes, and jewelry.

The accusations have sparked significant public concern and have raised questions about accountability and transparency in public office. As the investigations proceed, there is growing demand for a comprehensive and fair examination of the matter to uphold the principles of governance in Ghana.

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