July 13, 2024
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Will Akufo-Addo ever set good examples for public officeholders in his administration? ~ Mahama ask

Former President John Dramani Mahama has waded into the recent controversy involving the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, who is alleged to have kept large sums of money at home only to later allege it was stolen by her own house helps.

Mr. Mahama who described the incident as scandalous has questioned the president’s resolve in setting good morals for his appointees and administration.

On his social media page July 21, 2023, the NDC’s flagbearer couldn’t believe a minister of state under the watch of President Nana Akufo Addo could hold to a $1m plus €300k and several million of GHS in her home at this crucial time of economic hardship.

$1m + €300k and millions of GHS in a Ghanaian Minister’s home?
Scandalous!!…Mahama asked.

Even if genuinely acquired, why keep millions of hard currency at home?…He quiried.

Will @NAkufoAddo ever set a good example for public officeholders in his administration?…He concluded.

Two house helps of the Minister are facing charges before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing an amount of $1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghanaian cedis at her residence in Abelenkpe, Accra, in October 2023.

The incident came to light when two former house helps, Patience Botwe and Sarah Agyei, were charged with allegedly stealing the money and valuable items from Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister for Water Resources, and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour, in their home located in Abelemkpe, Greater Accra Region.

Among the stolen items were cash, jewellery, clothing, and personal effects. Patience, the primary accused, is also facing charges related to the theft of kente cloth and men’s suits belonging to Daniel Osei Kuffour.

Additionally, three other individuals, namely Benjamin, Kweku Botwe, and Malik Dauda, were charged with dishonestly receiving portions of the stolen money. The accused were brought before an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Susana Ekuful, on July 20, 2023. However, their pleas have not yet been taken.

Sarah, one of the accused, has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢1 million, with two sureties, on the basis of her status as a breastfeeding mother. The other accused individuals have been remanded into custody.

According to the court’s records, Patience and Sarah were former house helps of the complainants, and the thefts occurred between July and October 2022. The complainants reported the thefts to the police after discovering the missing items and cash.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Patience had used a duplicate key to enter the couple’s room, and Mr Kuffour caught her hiding behind the door. Subsequently, the stolen items were discovered missing. Patience was later arrested and released on police bail but went into hiding in Tamale with her boyfriend, Benjamin.

The police eventually apprehended Patience and Benjamin in Tamale and found significant amounts of money and stolen items in their possession. Patience allegedly used some of the stolen money to purchase a 3-bedroom house in Amrahia and furnished it with new items.

During interrogation, Patience implicated Sarah, revealing that they had worked together in the couple’s house. Patience would keep watch at the main gate, allowing Sarah to enter the room and steal.

The case has since been adjourned to August 2, 2023, for further proceedings.

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