Former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Dapaah’s cedi and dollar accounts being frozen should be reason for jubilation, according to private attorney Martin Kpebu.
He clarified that the freezing might be a useful place to start for the state in its efforts to reclaim money that might have been obtained illegally or corruptly.
Speaking on Citi FM, he said that he heard about the freezing in the early hours of Wednesday and was happy to see that it had later been covered by other news websites.
“The freezing is super-duper because of this current situation and the money involved. There were whispers of it in town following the search of the former Minister’s house. What I am hearing is that they have found $5 million in her account and found GH¢40 million in another.”
The former minister should publicly explain to Ghanaians how she acquired those cash, Mr. Kpebu said, as it is believed that the money is the result of corruption.
“It will be interesting for her to come and tell us what she did to get all those monies and of course, the Ghana Revenue Authority will also come in for her to explain how she got those monies and this will also bring eggs on President Akufo-Addo’s face who keeps saying he is against corruption.
“Though we have to wait for investigations to unravel the facts, I believe that the monies they have discovered in her accounts are likely proceeds of corruption. Rumors of her owning restaurants, cosmetic companies, and other hosts of companies may be palpable lies.”
On July 21, information about a court lawsuit against the former minister and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour, came to light.
The two were brought before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly robbing the former minister’s home of US $1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghanaian cedis.
After several requests for her to leave the position so that investigations could begin, Madam Dapaah ultimately announced her resignation on July 22.
After the former Minister was selected for interrogation for alleged corruption on Monday, July 24, 2023, representatives from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) also searched her residence in Abelemkpe.