Aggrieved customers of gold dealership-turned-Ponzi-scheme, Menzgold, have officially declared they are voting for the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on December 7th.
At a press conference held today in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.
The customers whose billions of Ghana cedis have locked up in Menzgold after the Akufo Addo administration closed it down chanted “Our blood our money, our blood money! No JM no vote! If you want your money vote number 2”.
Annoyed with the Akufo-Addo government’s failure to retrieve their monies for them, the aggrieved customers said that former President Mahama’s promise to prosecute Nana Appiah Mensah, the Menzgold boss, and seize his properties to force him to pay back the customers, is the only hope that they have now.
Isaac Appiah, leader of the aggrieved customers, read a statement in which they expressed their belief that Menzgold is a company associated with President Akufo-Addo and the governing NPP, hence the reason for the government’s failure to secure their monies for them.
“Our painstaking investigation on why the government has failed since 2018 to bring NAM 1 to real justice and assist us in retrieving our locked up investment bring us to two main findings: that Menzgold was a scheme carefully established by some people linked to the Akuffo Addo government whilst in opposition and it was mainly to achieve two objectives; to raise money for political activities,” Appiah read.
Mr. Appiah added that the customers trust President John Mahama’s promise to pay them back, calling on the over 1 million customers of Menzgold and their dependents around the country to vote for the NDC Candidate.
“We have trust in former president John Dramani Mahama since he has the track record of solving such difficult problems when he is in government…We have a choice to make between the one who collapsed our investment which has led to the death of over 80 innocent customers, whilst many are bedridden and the one who did not but has given us hope. ”
Recently, stranded customers of Gold Coast Securities also mounted a similar protest, promising that the 600,000 plus customers and their dependents numbering some three million, will vote against the Akufo Addo administration for causing their predicament.
Menzgold was a Ponzi scheme ran by Nana Appiah Mensah, alias NAM 1, an NPP financier who was going to run for Parliament on the ticket of the ruling party before his scheme started crumbling in 2018 after the government he financed turned on him.
Since then, customers have had their monies locked up in the company which has now collapsed. Several promises by the government to retrieve the monies for the customers have not been fulfilled.
What has annoyed the customers the most is that in the heat of the crumble of Menzgold, it emerged that government officials, including the head of the Economic and Organized Crimes Organization (EOCO), and the First Lady Rebecca Akufo Addo’s Foundation were beneficiaries of Menzgold.