Private legal practitioner Martin Kpebu has called on the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to disclose the total amount of money seized from former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Dapaah.
Mr. Kpebu says disclosing the total amount to the public will ginger the fight and create excitement about the fight against corruption in the country.
“When Kissi Agyebeng[OSP] did not give us the full amount involved, it emboldened Madam Dapaah and her lawyers who then went and attacked a media house about a $5 million figure given out there and so Mr. Agyebeng should disclose the total amount involved, and it is the least he can do, and that will help push the fight against corruption”.
“He [Kissi Agyebeng] has to put the figures out to ginger the fight and create excitement about the fight against corruption,” the anti-corruption campaigner noted in an interview with Citi FM monitored by The Ghana Report.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor, on August 9, froze the Cedi and dollar bank accounts of the former minister, but the High Court in Accra on August 31 overturned the decision.
The court ordered that funds seized from the former minister be returned to her within seven days.
The OSP was also directed to unfreeze Cecilia Dapaah’s two accounts.
However, the OSP has made a reversal by seizing money in Cecilia Dapaah’s possession again to aid the investigation into the alleged corrupt case.
Mr. Kpebu, in the interview, also criticized Cecilia Dapaah for being unable to clarify the source of her wealth.
“So far, she [Cecilia Dapaah] has not been able to give credible answers as to the source of the money and let us not forget that the OSP Act and also under the constitution in Article 286 (4), if they find you with money and that money cannot reasonably be attributed to inheritance, income, gift or loan, then it is unexplained wealth and that is illegal. And so all these things should be dealt with because the OSP stated that she is not able to account for the money”.