Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Ghana’s Minister of Sanitation, tendered her resignation over the weekend following an investigation into the alleged theft of more than $1 million in cash from her residence by houseworkers last year.
Dapaah has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, but her possession of such a substantial amount of cash at home raised questions and garnered criticism from the opposition in Ghana.
In her statement on Saturday, Dapaah clarified that the reported figures do not accurately represent what she and her husband had written to the police. Nevertheless, she decided to step down to avoid government work disruptions.
The incident has caused a stir in the country, particularly as Ghana grapples with a severe economic crisis, leading to a $3 billion loan request from the IMF.
President Nana Akufo-Addo accepted Dapaah’s resignation, praising her loyalty and dedication. However, the opposition candidate for the 2024 election, John Dramani Mahama, described the incident as “scandalous” and questioned the need to keep such vast amounts of hard currency at home, even if acquired legitimately.
As the matter involves a high-ranking public official, a good governance advocate, Baffour Agyeman-Duah, called for a probe by the Office of the Special Prosecutor to dispel any doubts surrounding the case.