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Former President Mahama Expresses Outrage over Stolen $1m and €300k from Sanitation Minister’s Home

Former President Mahama Reacts to Minister’s Robbery: Questions Cash Storage

Following news of the robbery at the home of Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, former President John Dramani Mahama expressed his concerns in a tweet on Friday. He wondered why the minister and her family had such a significant amount of money (over US$1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghana Cedis) at their residence.

As the presidential candidate of the NDC, Mahama pointed out that this incident sets a bad precedent under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration. He questioned the decision to keep such large amounts of hard currency at home and called for better examples to be set by public office holders.

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House Helps and Others Charged for Theft from Ghanaian Minister’s Residence

Two house helps, 18-year-old Patience Botwe and 30-year-old Sarah Agyei, are facing charges in an Accra Circuit Court for their alleged involvement in thefts at the residence of Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour. The thefts, amounting to millions of Ghana Cedis, reportedly occurred between July and October 2022 at their home in Abelemkpe, Accra.

Patience and Sarah are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and five counts of stealing, involving sums of US$1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghana Cedis. The stolen items included assorted clothes valued at GH¢95,000, handbags, perfumes, jewelry valued at US$95,000, six pieces of Kente cloth worth GH¢90,000, and six sets of men’s suits valued at US$3,000.

Three other individuals are also charged in connection with the thefts. Benjamin, a 29-year-old plumber, is accused of dishonestly receiving GH¢180,000, while Kweku Botwe, a 65-year-old trader, faces charges for dishonestly receiving GH¢50,000. Malik Dauda, a 23-year-old unemployed individual, allegedly dishonestly received GH¢1 million.

During a court appearance before Judge Susana Ekuful on July 20, 2023, Sarah was granted bail in the sum of GH¢1 million, with two sureties required to deposit their Ghana cards with the court’s registrar. Patience, along with her alleged boyfriends and father, was remanded into custody. Sarah was granted bail due to being a breastfeeding mother.

The alleged thefts were discovered in June of the current year when the complainants reported missing cash and belongings. Patience was caught in the act by Mr. Kuffour when he noticed unusual noises in the room and found it unlocked. Further investigations led to the recovery of stolen items and money in possession of Patience and her associates.

The court has adjourned the case to August 2, 2023, for ongoing investigations.

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