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Motion To Freeze Dapaah’s Maid Properties Withdrawn

An application to prevent Patience Botwe and Sarah Agyei, the two former housemaids of Cecilia Dapaah, the former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, and five other individuals from selling properties bought with money taken from the former minister, was withdrawn by the Office of the Attorney General.

In order to target the order at the individuals in ownership of those properties, the prosecution was required by the court to provide more information on them.

However, state prosecutors told the court yesterday that they were abandoning the application, and the sitting judge, Justice Marie-Louise Simmons, struck it out as such.

Case management has been started by the trial’s sides, and it will continue until April 17, 2024, when the trial will start and the prosecution will call its first witness.

The former minister’s two housemaids are accused of plotting and embezzling $410,000, €300,000, and GH¢350,000 from their previous employers. This led to Madam Dapaah’s resignation due to public criticism.

There are accusations against Benjamin Sowah, Malik Dauda, Christiana Achab, Job Pomary, and Yahaya Sumaila for obtaining GH¢4,010,000 and $14,000 from the housemaids in an unethical manner.

Motion To Freeze Dapaah’s Maid Properties Withdrawn

Once more, Sarah Agyei is charged with stealing various jewelry valued at $95,000 that belonged to the former minister, raising the total amount of money and goods taken from her and her spouse, Daniel Osei Kuffuor, to $505,000.

The Office of the Attorney General had filed the application to ensure that the properties are not sold or transferred by the accused persons or their assigns until the final determination of the various charges against them although they have all pleaded not guilty.

On March 15, 2024, Christabel Anafuri, a State Attorney, moved the motion to restrict the accused from disposing of the properties, indicating that the reasonable belief is that if the properties are not restricted they would be transferred or disposed of by the accused persons, their agents, purported assigns, successors or employees.

But Justice Marie-Louise Simmons, the trial judge, indicated that an order cannot be given in vagueness without the application properly identifying the persons in charge of the properties who are to be restricted.

She said a proper investigation could determine this as the accused persons may not necessarily be in charge but third parties who the order could be directed at.

She added that whoever that would be affected by the order needs to be made known in case the court decides to grant the application.

Properties Identified

The properties identified by court documents which the prosecution is seeking to restrict the accused persons and their assigns from disposing of include an 11-unit chamber and hall self-contain house purchased at the cost of GH¢800,000 at Budumburam by Christiana Achab.

Christiana Achab, according to court documents, also purchased a three-bedroom house at Aplaku at the sum of GH¢300,000 for Patience Botwe.

She and her husband Job Pomary also purchased a four-bedroom apartment at Kokrobite at the cost of GH¢280,000 for herself, while she also invited another suspect, Yahaya Sumaila from Tamale in the Northern Region to Accra and purchased another three-bedroom apartment at Amrahia at the cost of GH¢850,000 in his name from an amount given to her by Patience Botwe.

Christiana Achab, according to prosecuting documents, also purchased two Honda Acura vehicles at the cost of GH¢300,000 each and registered them in the name of Franklin Sarakpo, her son who is on the run.

The price of a three-bedroom mansion built by Sarah Agyei, at Budumburam was not specified.

They also bought different vehicles costing a total of GH¢1.58 million, while two properties which were rented in Tamale cost a total of GH¢225,000.

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