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Mahama declares war on Cecila Dapaah

The opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, 2024 general election flagbearer, John Mahama, who has already threatened to deal with appointees of the Akufo-Addo-led government linked to any corrupt deal if he wins the next election, says he will investigate the scandal involving the former Minister of Health, Cecilia Dapaah.

According to the former president, who has a history related to corruption scandals before leaving office in a post on X, “My government will reopen investigations into alleged acts of corruption and bribery in the Cecelia Dapaah case.”

The former President’s comments follow the Attorney General’s advice not to conduct money laundering investigations into the former Health Minister’s affairs by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).

This advice was given after the Attorney General determined that the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s (OSP) request to the EOCO to initiate money laundering investigations into the affairs of Cecilia Dapaah lacked a solid basis.

The OSP requested this after determining that the case involving more than a million dollars in cash found in the former minister’s home, which was discovered by its officials, was not within its jurisdiction. Instead, it raised concerns about money laundering.

The NDC flag bearer is bent on dealing with NPP officials if he gains power over claims that NDC members are corrupt and unchecked have become rampant across the country.

Speaking on Thursday at a forum during his campaign tour in Tegbi, a small fishing village in the Volta Region’s Keta Municipality, the former president empathetically stated: “So I have said that if you can’t take care of this when we come , will take care of it for them. When the NDC comes, we will hold those who have behaved badly accountable.”

The former president also lamented that “corruption has been unleashed; If he was in the custody of the IGP, he has escaped from jail. It is working throughout the country. It is obvious that the PNP has no desire or ability to control corruption.”

Regarding the Cecilia Dapaah scandal, the OSP requested it after determining that the case related to more than a million dollars in cash found in the former minister’s house, which was discovered by its officials, was not within its jurisdiction. Instead, it raised concerns about money laundering.

This information was revealed after several months of joint investigation with agencies such as the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.

However, following a request for advice on the matter from EOCO, the Attorney General’s office determined that OSP failed to submit the report on the joint investigation to EOCO and did not respond to EOCO’s request to provide its findings. .

The Attorney General’s office said that the file presented to the EOCO only includes the letter from the OSP transmitting the file, the action diary, the statements recorded during the investigation and the letters written by the OSP to other institutions such as the CID and the banks during the investigation.

Further analysis of the file by the Attorney General revealed that the OSP did not find any corruption or corruption-related offenses against Cecilia Dapaah.

However, the Attorney General’s office believes that the key to a money laundering charge is proceeds from criminal proceeds resulting from illegal activities.

The Attorney General’s Office concludes that, without any criminal problems associated with the PNP politician’s properties, there is no basis for a money laundering investigation.

-BY Daniel Bampoe