The challenges for the former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources in Ghana, Cecilia Dapaah, continue to escalate as recent developments shed light on suspected money laundering activities and allegations of theft.
A complaint has been submitted to various US government institutions, urging an investigation into possible money laundering activities linked to a sum of US$1 million allegedly stolen from Dapaah's private residence by domestic workers.
Grace Loki, the individual who filed the complaint, has expressed doubts about the Ghanaian government's ability to conduct a fair inquiry into the matter.
She has approached several US government bodies, including the FBI, the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, and the DEA, to ensure an unbiased investigation due to concerns about the government's impartiality.
Loki's efforts are driven by her belief that the Ghanaian government might not ensure a just resolution under the current leadership. She emphasizes the need for a thorough IRS investigation and appropriate tax payment if Dapaah owns property in the US.
The controversy deepens with charges against some of Dapaah's domestic workers for allegedly stealing sums of US$1 million, €300,000, and GH¢350,000. The former minister and her spouse also report substantial material losses, including clothing, handbags, perfumes, jewellery, and assorted fabrics.
Amidst the turmoil, Paul Adom-Otchere, a TV host, attempted to explain that $800,000 of the stolen money belonged to a deceased brother of Dapaah.
However, Loki finds this explanation unconvincing, as she had personal interactions with the late brother, Nana Kwaku Nantwi, not long before his passing.
Cecilia Dapaah resigned from her ministerial position in light of the controversy to prevent distraction for the government. She was detained by the Office of the Special Prosecutor for questioning related to corruption matters and was subsequently granted bail after a residence search.
Irene Kensah, the wife of the deceased brother, expressed surprise at the existence of such a large sum prior to her husband's passing. She aims to recover the alleged funds as part of her share in her late husband's assets through legal proceedings.