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Regional News Sat, 25 May 2013

Volta chiefs quiz MASLOC probe committee

The ongoing investigation into the alleged misappropriation against Bertha Sogah, Chief Executive Officer of the Micro and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) has been called into question by chiefs of three Traditional Areas in the Volta Region. According to the chiefs of the Kpeve, Tongor and Kpalime Traditional areas, they were not against the investigation in itself, but were rather against the composition of the committee conducting the investigation.

They believe the committee, which is within the MASLOC set-up, would not be fair and equitable in their operation.

As a result, they have called for an external and neutral body to conduct the investigations for the purposes of fairness, equity and expediency. The chiefs made the observation and recommendation in a press statement copied to DAILY GUIDE last Tuesday.

The three signatories of the statement include Torgbui Adza Wiah Kwesi II of Kpalime, Torgbui Asuo Kwesi V of Tongor and Torgbui Aku Dompeh XI of Kpeve.

About a month ago, the CEO of MASLOC was asked by the office of the President to proceed on leave following reports of misappropriation of funds brought against her, among others, her dealings with Amisgold Microfinance Service Limited; a company alleged to be owned by her husband.

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The board chairman of MASLOC, Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Kaku Korsah also stated that contrary to widely held speculations, there was no financial loss to the state despite the discrepancies alleged to have been recorded in the outfit.

According to him, the money that was given out by the CEO Bertha Sogah, had been retrieved by the Committee that was set up to investigate the matter.

More so, the Board was waiting for the Committee’s report which should have been ready by now, before a definite statement would be made.

Before the committee concludes its work, the chiefs and people of the Kpalime, Tongor and Kpeve traditional areas, kinsmen of Bertha Sogah called for the replacement of the committee with an external and neutral committee on the suspicion of some conspiracy against the beleaguered MASLOC CEO for the ultimate principle of truth, fairness, equity and justice to prevail.

Source: dailyguideghana.com
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