Cecilia Abena Dapaah resigns as Sanitation Minister
Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has stepped down from her position in light of recent events. On July 21, it was revealed that two of her house helps, Patience Botwe (18 years old) and Sarah Agyei (30 years old), were facing charges in an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing $1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghanaian cedis from her residence in Abelenkpe, Accra, during the period from July to October 2022.
The charges against the two individuals include one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and five counts of stealing the aforementioned sums of money. Due to the gravity of the situation and public pressure, including calls for her resignation by Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson, Minister Dapaah decided to step down to allow for an independent investigation into the source of the funds. As an Article 71 Office Holder, this investigation is deemed necessary.
Before her resignation, Minister Dapaah had responded to the reports of the stolen funds and the ongoing trial, claiming that the reports contained “noticeable inconsistencies.” However, she ultimately chose to resign from her position.
The Minister’s resignation note has been disclosed below: