Legal head of FDA booted out of office over bribery scandal

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The Head of Legal Affairs at the food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs. Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow has been booted out of office after a disciplinary committee found her guilty of misconduct.

This was after an internal disciplinary committe was instituted and the proceedings found Mrs. Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow guilty of misconduct.

This follows an investigative documentary by ace investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni, which fingered her in a bribery scandal expose titled “The Returned Bribe” which was aired on JoyNews radio a few months ago.

According to highly reliable sources at the FDA, the disciplinary committee requested for a copy of the video of the documentary to aid in their proceedings.

The head of Legal Affairs, Mrs. Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow, had also sought an injunction from an Accra court against the broadcast, and thus succeeded in preventing it from being aired on TV.

A leaked internal memo signed by the head of HR and copied to the FDA staff stated as follows:

Internal Memo.

“Management would like to inform Staff that effective 18th May 2021, Mrs. Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow, Head of Legal, will cease to be a staff of the FDA.

The decision was arrived at after Mrs. Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow was taken through the internal disciplinary process of the Authority, following a charge of misconduct leveled against her.

The Disciplinary Committee recommended to the Board that the appointment of Mrs. Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow be terminated.

The Board has subsequently accepted the recommendation and given her the required notice of termination of appointment.

The Staff are also hereby informed that the Investigative Committee exonerated the CEO of all allegations of wrongdoing on her part.

Management appreciates the patience exhibited by all Staff while the disciplinary process lasted.

As a matured (sic) regulatory agency whose core values include transparency, fairness, and integrity, the Authority reiterates its zero-tolerance for bribery and corruption and reaffirms its commitments to the staff.”

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