Bernard Mornah and others petition CHRAJ to investigate Cecilia Dapaah


Five individuals have requested the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to her income. The petitioners, Mensah Thompson, Al-Hassan Kwadwo Baidoo, Bernard Anbataayela Mornah, Ransford Antwi, and Joyce Atitso, are advocating for a comprehensive review of Dapaah’s financial dealings.


The controversy surrounding Dapaah began with a theft at her residence, leading to her resignation in July 2023. The stolen items included significant sums of money—$1 million, €300,000, and GH¢350,000—as well as luxury handbags worth $35,000 and jewelry valued at $95,000.


The revelation of these amounts ignited public outrage amid Ghana’s economic difficulties and the devaluation of the Cedi.


After her resignation, Dapaah was arrested by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), which found over GH¢48 million in her accounts.


The investigation, which involved the FBI, lasted nearly seven months before the OSP dropped the charges due to insufficient evidence and transferred the case to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).


EOCO subsequently returned the docket to the OSP, also citing a lack of evidence.


On May 20, the petitioners called on CHRAJ to investigate Ms. Dapaah’s assets, which include $1,390,000; €300,000, GH₵3,212,007; and bank accounts in both cedis and dollars.


“More importantly, we are fortified in the need for this investigation because during interrogation by the OSP as to the source of her income, Madam Cecilia Dapaah could not give any proper explanation,” an excerpt from their petition stated.

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