Dr. Clement Apaak, Member of Parliament for Builsa South, is alleging a cover-up in the Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah saga.
He claims that the memo sent out by the government to official communicators, as well as the subsequent findings submitted by the government communicators as required, may have informed the Attorney-General’s action.
The Information Ministry issued an internal memo to all District Information Officers directing them to compile a situation report on public reaction to the Cecilia Abena Dapaah case.
They were instructed to submit a report on the suspected undisclosed wealth, public reaction to her resignation, and reaction to President Akufo-Addo’s statement in response to the former minister’s resignation.
Dr. Apaak believes the report submitted to the Ministry informed the facts of the case presented in the Attorney-General’s letter.
He stated that the facts as presented by the Attorney General are an attempt to cover up the situation and ensure that the former minister is cleared of any wrongdoing.
The Attorney-General’s statement among other things disclosed that the amount of money stolen from the former minister was a bag containing about $200,000, another bag containing €300,000, an amount of GHS300,000 contribution for her Mother’s funeral, GHS50,000 for the house and a box containing about $800,000 belonging to her deceased brother which was sent to her together with some regalia for safe keeping, following the death of her brother.
Other personal items included a collection of jewellery she had kept for about 35 years totalling $95,000, various types of Kente cloth, Hollandaise and GTP cloths with a total value of about GHS56,000, dresses valued at about GHS20,000, various types of handbags, totalling $35,500 and different types of perfumes valued at $1400.
In response to the Minister’s presentation of the facts, the MP stated that it was a cover-up attempt and not a true representation of the facts pertaining to the case.
‘In a tweet, he wrote ‘Dapaah – July 24 is date on the memo gov’t sent out: see subject and issues officers were to report on by July 26. I’m certain the AG advice dated 31st July was informed by the outcome of the findings of the Min of Information. The objective is to change narrative and coverup.”