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Five individuals petition CHRAJ to investigate Cecilia Dapaah’s finances

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has been petitioned to investigate former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, over allegations of acquiring assets disproportionate to her income.

Five individuals, including Mensah Thompson and Bernard Anbataayela Mornah, are calling for a thorough examination of Ms. Dapaah’s finances, citing suspicions of ill-gotten wealth.

The controversy surrounding Ms. Dapaah began last July when her home was burgled, leading to her resignation. The stolen items included large sums of money and luxury goods, sparking public outrage amidst Ghana’s economic challenges.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) arrested Ms. Dapaah and discovered over GH¢48 million in her accounts.

However, the case was dropped due to insufficient evidence and transferred to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), which also returned the docket to the OSP citing a lack of evidence.

The petitioners are urging CHRAJ to scrutinise Ms. Dapaah’s assets, including over $1.4 million, €300,000, and GH₵3.2 million in bank accounts.

According to them, the former Sanitation Minister failed to provide a proper explanation for the source of her income during interrogation by the OSP.

CHRAJ is yet to comment on the petition, but the investigation could lead to further scrutiny of Ms. Dapaah’s financial dealings.

Below is the full petition submitted by the five individuals