DKM clients protest

dkmThere was a general discontent among customers of DKM,about the collapsed Micro-finance company in the Brong Ahafo Region, who were to be paid their deposits, yesterday in Sunyani.

This is because the maximum threshold the liquidators were paying to the depositors was GH¢3,500, an amount they considered as meager.

They accused the liquidators of not being transparent to the affected customers in the payment process, and threatened to take legal action against the liquidators.

The more than 350 out of 1000 affected customers, who were slated for payment yesterday, thronged the premises of Sunyani GCB Bank as early as 6am waiting to be attended to.

When The Ghanaian Times visited the place around 8:20am, several canopies had been erected at the forecourt of the Sunyani branch of GCB Bank where payment of deposits of affected customers was to take place.

There was presence of armed securitymen, especially, the police, deployed at vantage points to ensure that the exercise went on without any hitches.

Maxwell Mahama, an affected customer, who claimed he had deposited GH¢28,000 with DKM  told The Ghanaian Times that there was the need for the officials to come out with the total amount being disbursed to the affected customers in order to ensure transparency.

According to Maxwell Mahama, there was no fairness in the payment process as some people received 100 per cent of the amount deposited while others received less than 20 per cent of their money.

Mahama told the Times that when he attempted to enquire about the issue, he was just informed by the representative of the liquidator that the amount due him would be paid when he entered the banking hall.

Acheampong Bismark, a victim, who was so disappointed, said he was paid GH¢3,500 out of the 40,000 he deposited with the microfinance company, saying that he expected at least 50 per cent of the money he deposited.

A third year student of the Catholic University College, Adjei Yerenkyi Obed, said he was happy that he was able to get part of his money to pay his school fees.

Speaking to the media, a representative of the official liquidator, Ms. Lucy Eshun, said the customers have been grouped and notified on which day they should come to collect their deposits.

She explained that 350 customers were expected to be paid yesterday while in the subsequent days, 500 customers would be paid.

Generally, the whole exercise on the first day was peaceful as affected customers were seated calmly waiting to be attended to.

According to the liquidator, DKM owes its customers GH¢540 million.


From Daniel Dzirasah Sunyani      




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