Group wants external team to probe MASLOC director

BY: Samuel K. Obour

 Mrs Bertha Sogah

The chiefs and people of three traditional areas of the South Dayi District have called for an external team to investigate the financial transaction that involved the executive director of the Micro and Small Loans Centre(MASLOC), to ensure fairness in the probe.

The executive director had been asked to proceed on leave for allegedly authorising  and placing a term facility at the disposal of a company of which the husband was a shareholder or had ownership interest in the company that was granted the loan facility.

Addressing a press conference in Ho last Tuesday, the acting Paramount Chief of the Kpalime Traditional Area, Torgbui Adza Wiah Kwesi II, stated that they do not have the requisite right to challenge any authority but their concern was about the nature and character of the internal investigations supposedly going on.

“We are of the strongest conviction that for the purposes of equity and fair hearing, an external investigation team should be constituted to investigate the incident as a matter of urgency and expediency. 

The team must approach its work with absolute fairness within the prescribed terms of reference to be determined,” he stated.

This was contained in a release jointly signed by the three paramount chiefs of the Kpalime, Tongor and Kpeve traditional areas, Torgbui Adza Wiah Kwesi II, Torgbui Asuo Kwesi V and Torgbui Aku Dompeh XI respectively and issued at the conference.

The release stated that, “we do not want any citizen of the land to be crucified on the altar of political expediency resulting in the victim’s hard won reputation being destroyed. Reputational damages are difficult to repair”, the statement added.

The statement stated that the chiefs were demanding openness and fairness in the investigative process in the matter, adding that in the event that their daughter was not found culpable, she should be reinstated by the same speed as she was asked to proceed on leave.

It added that when, however, found to be negligent, she must be made to face the full rigours of the law.

“As traditional areas, we refuse to neither accept nor believe in the rumours going round that the Mahama administration had targeted and hunting down citizens from the Volta Region who hold key positions in government and other para-statals as this may not be one such cases”, the release stated.

“If there should be any iota of truth in these rumours, then the government must quickly reconsider its strategies, re-examine its conscience and subsequent actions that will impact negatively on the level of goodwill it is enjoying, particularly in the Volta Region and in the Kpalime, Tongor and Kpeve traditional areas”, the release further stated.

It will be recalled that the news media had published that the executive director of MASLOC, Mrs Bertha Sogah was asked to proceed on leave pending an investigation into a financial transaction implicating her for granting a loan facility to a company which bordered on “conflict of interest” but it was allegedly aired on Joy FM News network that there was no liability or loss to the state arising out of the said transaction.

Story: Tim Dzamboe