Cecilia Dapaah Saga: The turf war between state institutions unfortunate – Appiah-Kubi

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Andy Appiah-Kubi is the MP for Asante Akim North
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Member of Parliament (MP) of the Asante Akim North constituency, Andy Appiah-Kubi, has observed that the apparent turf war witnessed between state institutions in Cecilia Dapaah’s alleged money laundering case was unfortunate.

He said it is worrying to witness state institutions mandated to fight corruption engage in shifting blame onto one another, adding that the alleged money laundering case involving the former Sanitation Minister should not be politicised.

“In most cases, when issues of national interest come up, the best way to dissolve it is to make it partisan, so that it becomes a war between supporters of this party and supporters of that party,” he said on The Key Points on Saturday, May 18.

He maintained that such an attitude kills “the initiatives that people bring to the fore,” stressing that the case of the former Sanitation Minister has no political colours.

Mr Appiah-Kubi, one of the petitioners asking the Speaker of Parliament to constitute a bipartisan probe into EOCO’s conduct in Cecilia Dapaah’s alleged money laundering case, emphasised that EOCO should have investigated the matter.

“To be honest with you, investigations are instigated by suspicions and when you suspect something, it doesn’t automatically mean the person you suspect against is guilty but we have to start investigations. My worry is that all state institutions mandated to investigate matters of this nature, they are all shifting blame onto one another, it is a source of worry.

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“It means that the state institutions don’t know the extent of their jurisdiction and that they will even engage in this turf war which is very unnecessary,” he stressed.

The Asante Akim North lawmaker further noted that the extra-judicial commentaries surrounding the case have not been helpful, citing the President’s remarks in a letter to the former Minister upon receipt of Madam Dapaah’s resignation letter.

President Akufo-Addo, in a letter dated July 22, 2023, acknowledging Madam Dapaah’s resignation, noted, among other things, that he is confident that “at the end of the day, your integrity whilst in office will be fully established.”

President Akufo-Addo’s letter to Madam Cecilia Dapaah

“The extra-judicial pronouncements…the President’s statement upon receipt of the resignation was needless, and I still stand by that. We are getting to a position where people are even making references to that statement as the prediction that state institutions have been encouraged to justify.”

“If that statement didn’t come, where will this so-called justification have been met? So it was unnecessary,” he emphasised.