Ningo-Prampram Constituency’s Member of Parliament, Samuel Nartey George, has called for the resignation of Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, in response to a reported theft incident at her Abelemkpe residence. Mr. George asserted that if Madam Abena Dapaah values her position in the country, she should step down before facing dismissal.
The accusation follows revelations in an Accra High Court about substantial sums of money and other items stolen from the Sanitation Minister and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour, between July and October 2022. Two house helps, Patience Botwe (18) and Sarah Agyei (30), currently face charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and five counts of stealing, involving US$1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghana Cedis.
Madam Dapaah and her husband reported the theft case to the police in June this year after catching one of the accused, Patience Botwe, red-handed in their room with a duplicate key.
Mr. George highlighted the need for the government to investigate the large amount of money reportedly stashed in the couple’s home, suggesting it may exceed the sum stolen by the house helps. He expressed concerns about the inconspicuousness of such significant sums and questioned the legitimacy of the funds.
While he acknowledged that there’s no crime in keeping money at home, he demanded transparency in explaining the source of the money and whether the appropriate taxes were paid. He called for proof of legitimate business transactions and wondered how such vast amounts were obtained in cash.
In summary, Mr. George urged the Minister to demonstrate the trail of work or inheritance related to the money and the relevant tax payments to the GRA. He also emphasized the importance of clarifying whether the money was obtained through bank wire transactions, seeking confirmation from the bank involved.