Director-General of State Interests and Governance Authority (SIGA), Stephen Asamoah Boateng (Asabee) has backed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) over claims that she induced NPP delegates with MASLOC funds.
Speaking to Joy News on Monday, Asabee said Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) failed to explain beyond reasonable doubt that Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakaria was involved in any form of corruption.
“MASLOC is available to every Ghanaian and if they apply and they qualify, they are offered. I’m not sure…unless there’s evidence to prove that, unless you tell me that the people in Yendi do not have the right to apply; unless you tell me they’re not paying back unless you tell me it’s… free money,” he said.
He quizzed why the beneficiaries of the loans were tagged as New Patriotic Party delegates, stressing all Ghanaians stand to benefit.
“People in Mfantseman both NPP and NDC got MASLOC [loans] last month during the primaries. Why are you not bringing that in?” he quizzed.
He added, “no, it’s not abuse of office…there’s no evidence that she gave it to NPP delegates not to pay back and that those people who got the loans are not Ghanaians. They are Ghanaians like the people in my constituency who are Ghanaians or in my father’s constituency who are Ghanaians and I’ve evidence that a lot of people got the money.”