The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has directed gold trading firm Menzgold Ghana Limited to shut down their investment operations with immediate effect for contravening the Securities Industry Act, 2016 (Act 929)
According to a letter addressed to the
The letter dated September 7 and signed by Paul Ababio, the Deputy Director-General of the SEC, warned that the failure of Menzgold to comply with the directive will lead to the SEC employing other relevant measures under the law to enforce compliance.
However, the SEC's directive does not affect Menzgold's other business dealings such as assaying, purchasing gold from small-scale miners and export of gold which is regulated by the Minerals Commission.
"The SEC has keenly followed and investigated the operations of Menzgold Ghana Ltd (hereinafter referred to as Menzgold) since 2017 including paying a working visit to the head office of the company on 23rd August, 2018 by some officials of the SEC to further understand the operations of the company where a meeting was held with
"The interactions with Mr. Offei and Rev. Derek Akubia confirmed to the SEC the view that the aspect of Menzgold's business which involve the purchase/deposit of gold collectibles from the public and contracts issued with guaranteed returns with clients is a capital markets activity (issuance of gold backed depository notes to the public) under ACT 929 without a valid license issued by SEC contrary to section 109 of Act 929 with consequences under section 2016 (I) of the same act".
The SEC said Menzgold's collaboration during their investigations does not make aspects of their operations any less illegal. It went on to describe Menzgold's business operations as a threat to unsuspecting and uninformed investors.
"Subsequent to the visit by the SEC officials, a request for specific detailed information was made and Menzgold has through its lawyers agreed to provide the necessary information requested by the SEC within fourteen days. The provision of the information
"Accordingly, the SEC hereby directs Menzgold Company Ltd to shut down immediately the business of trading in gold
Read the SEC letter to Menzgold below;