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We will use every legitimate, lawful means to resist draconian 1.75% e-Levy – Minority

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
MP for Asawase and Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Muntaka MubarakMP for Asawase and Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Muntaka Mubarak
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The Minority in Parliament has assured Ghanaians that it is still against the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) and will use every available means to ensure it is not implemented.

Government is seeking to charge all electronic transactions that exceed GHS100 with a tax of 1.75%.

From the onset when the policy was announced in Parliament by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minority has strongly opposed it with the argument that such a tax is draconian, punitive, and would only bring untold hardship on the ordinary Ghanaian.

After a week of clashes between the Minority and Majority in Parliament, NDC MPs have issued a statement today insisting that its stance on the E-Levy has not changed.

“The NDC Caucus in Parliament wishes to assure Ghanaians that it will continue to use every legitimate and lawful channel to resist the 1.75% E-Levy government is seeking to impose on the ordinary Ghanaian.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the position of the NDC Caucus in Parliament right from the outset of the 2022 Budget debate has been that the 1.75% E-Levy government is seeking to impose is regressive, punitive and draconian, and that same must be suspended,” part of a statement issued by the Minority Caucus and signed by Muntaka Mubarak has said.

It adds, “As we speak, government’s so-called concessions are unknown to us and we have no clear indication that they intend to seriously consider any of the proposals that have come up.

“Under the circumstance, we wish to state that the NDC Caucus will maintain its original position as stated earlier.”

Read the full statement below:

Below are details of the statement

THE POSITION OF THE NDC CAUCUS IN PARLIAMENT ON THE 1.75% E-LEVY PROPOSED BY GOVERNMENT IN THE 2022 BUDGET STATEMENT.

The NDC Caucus in Parliament wishes to assure Ghanaians that it will continue to use every legitimate and lawful channel to resist the 1.75% E-Levy government is seeking to impose on the ordinary Ghanaian.

For the avoidance of doubt, the position of the NDC Caucus in Parliament right from the outset of the 2022 Budget debate has been that the 1.75% E-Levy government is seeking to impose is regressive, punitive and draconian, and that same must be suspended.

The Minority Caucus has vigorously championed this position in Parliament and in the media space to draw Government’s attention to our demands.

Subsequent to our rejection of the Budget on 26th November, 2021, government has sought to engage the NDC Caucus in a series of discussions towards finding an amicable solution to the impasse.

Surprisingly despite the good faith demonstrated by the NDC team recognising the importance of the Budget to the economy, business and households, the government side out-rightly rejected our proposal for a revision of the E-levy leading to a breakdown of the discussions.

We wish to state unequivocally that no concrete decision or agreement has been reached between government and the NDC Caucus in Parliament on this matter.

As we speak, government’s so-called concessions are unknown to us and we have no clear indication that they intend to seriously consider any of the proposals that have come up.

Under the circumstance we wish to state that the NDC Caucus will maintain its original position as stated earlier.

Signed,

Hon. Muntaka Mubarak

MP for Asawase and Chief Whip.

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo

Journalist

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