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13.07.2019 Feature Article

What’s The Guarantee That Menzgold Victims Will Get Back Their Investments?

Nana Appiah Mensah, the CEO for the defunct Menzgold financial institution, photo credit: Ghana mediaNana Appiah Mensah, the CEO for the defunct Menzgold financial institution, photo credit: Ghana media

It’s now the headlines in almost Ghanaian newspaper that Nana Appiah Mensah, the Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold Ghana Limited, is now under arrest, after he arrived in the country from Dubai. According to state prosecutors, he has defrauded 16,000 people of GH¢1.68billion.

Already, the victims are finding ways to get back their money but the question is: how can a collapsed banking institution refund money to its victims, especially in Africa, a continent that such cases are difficult to deal with due to weak judiciary systems?

The situation of the victims is something very hard to comprehend, especially since Menzgold is not for the government but a private financial institution. Banks which belong to the government, during a financial crisis are usually saved by the state.

For example, if a bank in difficulty is bought by another strong bank the account holders of the previous bank become customers of the new buyers that acquired the bank in difficulty.

Since Menzgold is a collapsed private banking institution, what’s the guarantee that the victims will get back their money?

In Italy, the Ministry for the Economy, which regulates the repayment methods for cheated savers of failed banks, implemented automatic compensation for those who lost their money through scammers at the bank but this can never be possible in Ghana.

In such situations, to pay the highest cost is always the savers or victims who have invested in those banks. This is a very difficult case for the collapsed financial company, the victims and the court.

Time will tell if the court will rule in favour of the victims to be compensated because many of them are in financial distress.

Joel Savage
Joel Savage, © 2019

Joel Savage is a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited press-card holder of the Flemish Journalists Association once contributed regularly to the features column of the Daily Graphic, The Mirror, Ghanaian Times and the Weekly Spectator. The writer currently lives in Belgium., Author column: JoelSavage

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