Don’t use us for political gain —DKM customers to Mahama

 

Spokesperson for victims of the DKM Microfinance scam, Alex Obeng, has warned former President John Dramani Mahama to stop using their plight for political capital.

According to him, the flag-bearer hopeful of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) failed to help them when he had the opportunity to do so as a President.

Thousands of Ghanaians, mostly in the Brong Ahafo Region, got their investments locked up in the Ponzi scheme, which promised them mouthwatering returns.

Mr Obeng’s warning comes on the heels of the former President’s call to the Akufo-Addo government to arrest the owners of the now-defunct financial institution and also pay its aggrieved customers all their locked-up deposits as promised by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

According to Mr Mahama, the NPP, in the run-up to the 2016 election, accused him and his wife of being the owners of the collapsed microfinance firm and promised to retrieve for the clients, all their locked-up investments.

With the NPP now in power, Mr Mahama said the Akufo-Addo government should have no difficulty fulfilling that promise to the customers of DKM.

The government, he said, must ensure the owner of the company is arrested and all customers settled appropriately.

“When we were in office, the NPP lied that DKM belonged to my wife and me. Today, you are in power, you, who DKM belongs to, you promised that you will collect the people’s money for them when you come into power; please collect their DKM money and give it back to them,” he said while addressing delegates of the NDC in the Dormaa East Constituency at Wamfie, as part of his five-day campaign tour of the Brong Ahafo Region.

But, responding to Mr Mahama’s statement yesterday on Accra FM, Mr Obeng said: “It is a fact that the DKM saga became a huge political issue ahead of the 2016 election. The NPP capaitlised on it and promised to assist the victims and, so, we expect the Akufo-Addo administration to honour that promise.”

He added: “Our pain is with how the NDC administration under John Mahama handled the situation. They did not do well at all with the matter that has resulted in the death of many of the victims. Former President Mahama and the NDC failed in that endeavour.”

“This matter will again be a political issue in 2020 and, so, the NPP government must act and help us get our money, already some of the people are beginning to get disappointed.”

 

Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH

Writer’s email: kofi.tawiah@todaygh.com

 

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