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GHANA: Sanitation minister resigns after $1m cash probe

A Ghanaian minister resigned over the weekend after a probe into how her houseworkers allegedly stole more than $1 million in cash from her home last year.

Sanitation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah denied any crimes, but the case drew criticism from Ghana’s opposition who questioned why a minister would have such large amounts of cash in her house.

In her statement on Saturday, Dapaah handed in her resignation to not be a “hindrance” to government, but rejected reports of such large amounts of cash at the family home.

According to court documents in the trial, the two domestic workers face charges of stealing $1 million, 300,000 euros and millions of local Ghanaian cedis from the bedroom last year as well as clothing.

“Whereas I can state emphatically that those figures do not represent correctly what my husband and I reported to the police, I am very much aware of the import of such stories around someone in my position,” the minister said.

“I am resigning therefore because I do not want this matter to become a preoccupation of government and a hindrance to the work of government.”

The furore comes as the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo deals with the country’s worst economic crisis in years that has pushed Ghana to seek a $3 billion loan from the IMF.

Akufo-Addo’s ruling NPP party is preparing for primaries later this year to chose its candidate to run in next year’s election.

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