Victoria Hammah, the deputy communications minister in Ghana has been sacked after she was recorded saying she was going to stay in politics until she had amassed a fortune of $1million.
“If you have money then you can control people,” she allegedly said on the tape which has been widely circulated.
In August, she said there was a lot of pressure on her to steal public money because people thought that, as a minister, she was rich.
She described such demands as “obnoxious”, reports the Ghanaweb news site.
“Corrupt politicians are the reflection of [a] corrupt society!” it quotes her as saying.
Ms Hammah first came to the public attention after stumbling several times while making a speech and then saying she had been given the wrong text.
On the tape, which has not been independently verified, she says: “I will not quit politics until I make one million dollars.”
She also criticising another deputy minister, calling her “senseless, ugly, loud and egoistic”.
Information Minister Mahama Ayariga did not give any reason for Ms Hammah’s dismissal in her one-sentence announcement.
But it comes 24 hours after the tape went viral on social media and was played on a local radio station.
Her driver has been questioned by the police, after she lodged a complaint, saying her right to privacy had been infringed.