The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been cautioned by attorney Maurice Ampaw that failing to stand up for beleaguered former sanitation minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah will have long-term repercussions.
On August 21, 2023, Maurice Ampaw discussed how the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has recently assisted its troubled members on his Mmra Ne Abrabo Mu Nsem Show on Wontumi TV.
He mentioned the instance of James Gyakye Quayson, a former member of parliament for the Assin North Constituency who is presently fighting criminal charges in the High Court after being expelled from the House.
He said that the NPP must deal with Ms. Dapaah, who is under investigation for corruption and crimes linked to corruption after large quantities of cash were reportedly taken from her home, in the same way that the NDC supported him in regaining his seat.
He argued that Cecilia Dapaah is not legally considered a criminal and stressed that her purported conduct did not constitute a break of any laws.
“The NDC came together to support Gyakye Quayson in court and during his trials, while the NPP is there saying that Cecilia Dapaah should defend her own case because she brought it and the rule of law must work.
“If you don’t come and defend the poor woman who is currently being attacked, the consequences will come, and you will live to regret it because Cecilia Dapaah has never broken any laws; in fact, she is not a criminal, a thief, or a criminal in the eyes of any law,” he said.
Following a search of her home, Cecilia Dapaah, who had resigned from her job as a minister, was detained by the Special Prosecutor and later freed on bail.
Following the alleged theft case, the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyabeng, and his team opened a corruption and corruption-related inquiry against Madam Cecilia Dapaah.
Following that, the OSP acted by freezing a number of the former minister’s bank and investment accounts and is now asking the High Court in Accra for a confirmation order. However, the embattled minister’s attorneys have informed the High Court that the discovery of money in their client’s Abelemkpe home does not imply that she is the owner of the funds.