Government and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) according to Kennedy Agyapong cannot run away from the backlash emanating from the sums of monies that were stashed in Cecilia Dapaah’s home.
At the Abelemkpe residence of the former Sanitation and Water Resources minister were a US1million, undisclosed number of millions of Ghana Cedis, €350,000 and other personal effects stolen by two house helps and their accomplices according to an earlier charge sheet from an Accra Circuit Court that got leaked.
The charge sheet has since been amended several times with many alleging it has been altered to subdue the apprehension that came with the monies involved in the thievery at the former minister’s residence. The suspects have since been charged and are under trial.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor is investigating the matter to ascertain the source of the monies. She resigned 24 hours after the matter became public.
Commenting on the issue Wednesday, August 16, 2023, flagbearer hopeful of the NPP, Ken Agyapong juxtaposed the issue with that of a former deputy minister of Communications, Victoria Hammah, saying Cecilia Dapaah’s situation is more damning especially after Victoria Hammah was dismissed for merely commenting her intentions to acquire that wealth compared to the latter whose possession the amount was found.
“Like I said when Victoria Hammer said when she gets 1million dollars, she is going to do ABCD, look at how Ghanaians chastised her. So, the 1million….” if I get” and the one who has it, so it’s a big problem and we cannot run away from it. I am telling you the truth. Whoever, is watching and listening, I know there will be backlash but I don’t care,” he told Roland Walker on New Day.
“If you have money then you can control people,” Victoria Hammah had said on a tape which got widely circulated on social media in November 2013.
Miss Hammah who played a key role in President Mahama’s election the previous year appeared to have vindicated some pundits who felt she was too young and inexperienced to occupy the position.
In August 2023, Victoria Hammah had indicated she was under pressure to embezzle public funds due to the “obnoxious” demands from people who thought she was rich because she occupied a ministerial position.