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‘So much wealth under their beds’ – Joyce Bawah reacts to stolen money from Sanitation Minister’s home

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A Special Aide to former President John Mahama has questioned why a Minister would have millions of cedis and other foreign currencies stashed in her house.

In a tweet, on Friday, Joyce Bawah Mogtari said the act was scandalous and was not good conduct for a public office holder, in this case Sanitation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah.

According to her, President Akufo-Addo and his appointees are amassing the scarce state resources.

To this end, she questioned if the President will have the moral authority to fire her.

“So so much wealth under their beds, millions of dollars and Cedis, a potpourri of currencies, and yes Ghanaians are still suffering, Debt exchanges, hardships and haircuts galore! Pray tell us what is @NAkufoAddo going to do please!!” Bawah Mogtari posted.

Already, former President John Dramani Mahama has questioned how the Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah kept US$1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghana Cedis at her home.

Mr Mahama said the conduct of the Minister is scandalous and must be probed.

“$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?”

“Will @NAkufoAddo ever set a good example for public office holders in his administration?” he tweeted on Friday.

Background

An Accra Circuit Court has been told that huge sums of money and other items of Sanitation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour have been stolen from their Abelemkpe home.

According to the prosecution, the thefts happened between July and October last year.

The Chronicle newspaper reports that two house helps – Patience Botwe, 18, and Sarah Agyei, 30 – are currently facing charges before the Court for their alleged involvement in the theft.

The accused persons are facing one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and five counts of stealing, involving amounts of US$1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghana Cedis.

According to the same report, the pair during the same period allegedly stole the personal belongings of Cecilia Dapaah, including assorted clothes valued at GH¢95,000, handbags, perfumes, and jewellery valued at US$95,000.

Further accusations involve Patience acting alone to steal six pieces of Kente cloth worth GH¢90,000 and six sets of men’s suits valued at US$3,000, which belonged to her husband.

Three additional persons have also been charged in connection with the thefts.

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