A Ghanaian Minister who resigned over the weekend after her domestic worker allegedly stole more than $1 million in cash from her home has been arrested for suspected corruption, a special prosecutor said.
Ghana Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng on Monday that Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah was placed under arrest on Monday.
“in respect of suspected corruption and corruption-related offenses regarding large amounts of money” the special prosecutor office deals with cases of corruption involving public officials, judges or senior political party members.
Dapaah has denied any crimes, but the case drew criticism from Ghana’s opposition who questioned why a minister had such large amounts of cash in her house.
Akufo-Addo’s ruling NPP party is preparing for primaries later this year to choose its candidate to run in next year’s election.
In her statement on Saturday, Dapaah handed in her resignation, saying she did not want to be a “hindrance” to the government, but rejected reports of such large amounts of cash at the family home
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According to court documents, the two domestic workers face charges of stealing $1mn, 300,000 euros, and millions of local Ghanaian cedis, as well as clothing. from her bedroom last year.
Akufo-Addo on Sunday accepted the resignation and applauded the former minister for her loyalty and “devotion”, his spokesman said.
But former Ghana leader John Dramani Mahama, who is the opposition NDC candidate for the 2024 election, described the incident as “scandalous”.
“$1m + €300k and millions of GHS in a Ghanaian Minister’s home? Scandalous!! Even if genuinely acquired, why keep millions of hard currency at home?” he wrote on his Twitter account.
“Will Akufo-Addo ever set a good example for public office holders in his administration?”
A good governance advocate Baffour, Agyeman-Duah, has called on the ombudsman to probe the case.
“A lot is going through people’s minds,” he told AFP. “It involves a high-ranking public official so the Office of the Special Prosecutor must take it up just to clear any doubts.”
“I am resigning therefore because I do not want this matter to become a preoccupation of government and a hindrance to the work of government,” Dapaah said.