In a shocking turn of events, Ghana’s Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, tendered her resignation on Saturday amidst allegations of stashed cash being stolen from her home. The minister vehemently denied any involvement in the alleged wrongdoing.
The scandal came to light when two former household staff members faced charges in court for purportedly pilfering both local and foreign currency, along with personal belongings belonging to Minister Dapaah and her husband.
According to prosecutors, the stolen funds were used to purchase properties and a vehicle, with some of the money allegedly given to relatives. The staggering amount involved reportedly exceeded $1 million, 300,000 euros, and millions of local cedis, fueling public outrage and prompting calls for the minister’s resignation.
While Dapaah disputed the reported figures, she acknowledged the gravity of the accusations and expressed her concern that the issue might distract the government from its duties.
In her resignation letter addressed to President Nana Akufo-Addo, Dapaah asserted her innocence and stated her belief that she would ultimately be cleared of any charges.
President Akufo-Addo’s administration has been marred by corruption scandals, making the situation even more sensitive. Nevertheless, the presidency accepted Dapaah’s resignation and commended her past work without directly addressing the allegations.
Dapaah had served as Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources since 2017, retaining her position following the president’s re-election in 2021.
President Akufo-Addo has repeatedly vowed to tackle corruption within the government, and this latest incident adds to the challenges he faces in fulfilling that promise. The case remains under investigation, and Ghanaians await further developments as the nation confronts this troubling episode.