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The Impact of Cecilia Dapaah's trial on James Gyakye Quayson

Mon, 24 Jul 2023 Source: Afriyie Kwaku Boachie

Information circulating indicates that former MP for Bantama and Sanitation Minister Honourable Cecilia Abena Dapaah has allegedly been arrested by the Office of Special Prosecutor with suspected corruption believed to have been perpetuated by the former minister, who resigned from her post in the few days.

Despite the arrest of Cecilia Dapaah, as some Ghanaians were calling for immediate action against the huge sum of money kept and stolen in her residence, the government knows for sure that mishandling of this matter may affect the trial of other matters before court which is of national interest. If necessary action is not taken against the former minister, though one cannot emphatically and vividly assert that the cash was taken from the state coffers in a dubious manner, and who knows whether the money is actually theirs.

The Cecilia Dapaah saga being the latest in turn seems to have cooled Honourable James Gyakye Quayson's story before the court due to the vast attention given to the gigiantic stolen cash saga. My question is, if the government take this matter serious and address it as it deserves, Ghanaians will at least feel satisfied and give the judiciary a thumb up.

On the other hand, if the government goes with the usual political gimmicks and delays the matter, as the adage goes, "justice delayed is justice denied", because of the NPP's quest of breaking the eight, any hardball intended to be played on Honourable Gyakye Quayson's trial will be tough, most especially if they take Honourable Cecilia Dapaah's matter lightly.

This was after details have emerged in the ongoing court case involving two house helps, Patience Botwe and Sarah Agyei. The Accra Circuit Court has revealed that an estimated $1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghana cedis have been stolen from the home of Dapaah and Kuffour in Abelemkpe, Accra.

The accused individuals, Patience and Sarah, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and multiple counts of stealing. It is alleged that the theft occurred between June and October 2022.

Patience is also accused of involving her current and former boyfriends, as well as her father, in the illegal activities.

According to court documents, the stolen items include personal effects belonging to Cecilia Abena Dapaah, such as clothing valued at GH¢95,000, handbags, perfumes, and jewelry worth $95,000.

Additionally, Patience allegedly stole six pieces of Kente cloth valued at GH¢90,000 and six sets of men’s suits worth $3,000, belonging to Dapaah’s husband.

Most Ghanaians especially the minority caucus, IMANI Ghana, and other fire brands believes the salary received by the former sanitation minister cannot be too that huge to pack such millions of dollars in her Abelemkpe residence which baffles their mind as to the reason why the nation languish in poverty and hardships whereas one person having such outrageous amount of money.

Source: Afriyie Kwaku Boachie