NPP Official Urges Mahama to Reveal Location of Convicted Ex-MASLOC Boss

Former MASLOC CEO Sedinam Tamakloe Attionu sentenced to 10 years in prison for financial crimes, but has fled Ghana. NPP official urges ex-President Mahama to disclose her whereabouts and ensure she serves her sentence.

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NPP Official Urges Mahama to Reveal Location of Convicted Ex-MASLOC Boss

NPP Official Urges Mahama to Reveal Location of Convicted Ex-MASLOC Boss

Kwesi Botchway Jnr, a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Communications Team, has called on former President John Mahama to disclose the whereabouts of Sedinam Tamakloe Attionu, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC). Tamakloe has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor for causing financial loss to the state, theft, conspiracy to steal, money laundering, and violating public procurement laws.

An Accra High Court issues arrest warrant against former MASLOC boss Tamakloe, who was convicted in absentia along with Daniel Axim, a former MASLOC Operations Manager. The court has ordered her arrest and extradition to Ghana to serve her sentence. Tamakloe had gone abroad for a medical examination during her trial and failed to return.

Botchway Jnr alleges that Mahama supervised corruption and theft during his administration and failed to properly oversee Tamakloe's activities as MASLOC boss. He urges Ghanaians to pressure Mahama to stop concealing Sedina Tamakloe so that she can complete her jail sentence as a deterrent to others.

Why this matters: The conviction and sentencing of high-level officials for financial crimes and corruption is a significant development in Ghana's efforts to combat graft and hold public servants accountable. The case highlights the importance of transparency and proper oversight in government institutions.

The charges against Tamakloe and Axim stem from financial irregularities linked to the misappropriation of MASLOC funds between 2013 and 2016, including a controversial GH₵500,000 loan withdrawal from Obaatampa Savings and Loans company, where a 24% interest rate refund was demanded despite lack of reflection in MASLOC's accounts. As the search for Tamakloe continues, the case serves as a reminder of the need for strong anti-corruption measures and the enforcement of consequences for those found guilty of wrongdoing in public office.

Key Takeaways

  • Sedinam Tamakloe Attionu, former MASLOC CEO, sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption.
  • Arrest warrant issued for Tamakloe, who fled Ghana during trial and failed to return.
  • NPP's Kwesi Botchway Jnr urges Mahama to disclose Tamakloe's whereabouts and ensure she serves sentence.
  • Case highlights Ghana's efforts to combat corruption and hold public officials accountable.
  • Charges against Tamakloe and Axim involve misappropriation of MASLOC funds between 2013-2016.