According to reports, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader in the legislature and minister of parliamentary affairs, is in a strong position to succeed Cecilia Abena Dapaah as minister of sanitation and water resources. He is also believed to be in a strong position to lead two other candidates.
Osei Bonsu Amoah, a current Minister of State in charge of local government and decentralisation, and Francis Asenso Boakye, the current Minister of Works and Housing, are reportedly two other candidates.
Sources claim that President Akufo-Addo, however, is inclined to believe in Kyei Mensah Bonsu to restore the sector’s reputation following the Abena Dapaah tragedy.
It would not be shocking if the Suame Lawmaker were to be appointed because in 2021, when Ken Ofori-Atta was ill, he filled in as finance minister.
Many outlets have made suggestions that Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu may be designated the actual Finance Minister in the event that Ken Ofori-Atta was unable to do so.
President Akufo-Addo has confidence in Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who is serving his final term as a member of parliament for the Suame Constituency, to succeed Cecilia Abena Dapaah as his representative for the strategic field.
When he returns to Ghana from the Vatican, President Akufo-Addo is anticipated to address the shortlist, which includes the Majority Leader. Making a nomination that might not require the appointments committee’s approval is one of the president’s top priorities.
The fraud became public after Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, resigned in the wake of a controversy involving multiple foreign and local currencies her house staff were accused of stealing from her home.
Madam Dapaah said in her letter of resignation to the president that she was resigning “because I do not want this matter to become a preoccupation of government and a hindrance to the work of government at such a crucial time.”
It was revealed on Friday, July 21 that two of the Minister’s housekeepers were accused of stealing millions of Ghanaian cedis, $300,000, and $1 million from the former minister’s home in Abelenkpe, Accra, in October 2022. They were charged by an Accra Circuit Court.
Between July and October 2022, the two, Sarah Agyei, 30, and Patience Botwe, 18, are accused of stealing the couple’s money and personal belongings.