DKM clients petition President

DKMAggrieved DKM microfinance customers in Upper East Region, are asking President John Dramani  Mahama, to stick to his  promise to ensure that their investments are  paid to them.

They said their predicament have not received the urgency it requires therefore the President should expedite action to save the lives of frustrated clients of the company.

Mr Charles Ayambire, a customer, said this in a petition he read on behalf of more than 500 customers who went on demonstration through the principal streets of Bolgatanga to present their concerns to the Regional Minister.

Mr Ayambire  said  DKM and other microfinance companies are deepening  the woes of the people.

He said failure of government to address the pending problems meant that the National Democratic Government(NDC) government is not ready to help citizens who are  being robbed of their investments.

They wielded placards with inscriptions such  as: “DKM digging NDC grave,”  “Our children cannot go to school,”  “Amanfo must be sacked,”  “DKM workers must be investigated.”

They called on the Bureau of National Investigations and the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to assist to get them their investments “rather than blame us that we should have known better that such companies were not credible.”

“We know that DKM is duly registered with Bank of Ghana because it was licensed and operated for five years under the supervision of BoG.”

The petitioners said they doubted the promise made by BoG to protect investments of customers when it placed a moratorium on DKM on May 11,2015 to inject GH₵ 50 million to their  accounts to enable them settle their customers.

The petition sent to President of Ghana, through the Regional Minister and copied to the Regional House of Chiefs, Northern Members of Parliament  and NDC Regional Chairman queried  why DKM was unable to pay its customers and what interventions  was put in by BoG to ensure DKM did so.

Mr Ayambi threatened that the petitioners would not vote in the November 7 polls if their predicament is not attended to with the seriousness that it deserves.

He said people businesses are collapsing and clients could not pay the school fees of their wards with its associated mental and psychological trauma.

Mr Daniel Syme, Deputy Regional Minister, who received the petition indicated government resolve to use all processes to ease the plight of the clients to ensure that their investments are returned to them.

He said in a short time, the issue would be laid to rest.

Source: GNA

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