Ghana’s sanitation minister resigned on Saturday over reports staff found and stole stashes of local and foreign money from her home, she said in a letter to the president in which she denied any wrongdoing.
Cecilia Abena Dapaah made headlines on Friday after two former household staff appeared in court accused of stealing cash and personal belongings from the minister and her husband between July and October 2022.
Prosecutors told the court that the accused bought houses and a vehicle with the stolen money and gave some of it to relatives. They have not yet commented on the accusations.
But newspaper reports on the $1 million, 300,000 euros and millions of local cedis allegedly stolen from Dapaah’s home sparked outrage against the minister on social media and calls for her resignation.
Many questioned the origins of such sums of cash in a country where some members of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government have been embroiled in corruption scandals.
The presidency accepted Dapaah’s resignation and lauded her work without commenting on the allegations.