Sunday, 5th December 2021
The spokesperson on finance for the majority caucus Hon. Stephen Amoah has gone beserk at critics of the Government. The MP for Nhyiaso constitituency in Ashanti region says persons who critisize the government for imposing more taxes are dumb. He was speaking on TV XYZ on Saturday when he made this statement.
Explaining further, the member of parliamentary select committee on finance said the government needed money to enable it implement the policies it promised Ghanaians based on which it was elected.
“people making such argument are dumb. You mean all the time that the government isn’t broadening the tax base, but you’re afraid to pay taxes. How can we grow our country if we don’t pay taxes?”, he asked host of Tonton Sansan Prince Minka.
Listeners of the program were not happy with his description of critics as dumb. They sent text messages to express their dissatisfaction over the statement.
It is recalled that the Government is seeking to introduce mobile money tax also known as electronic transaction tax. This will be charged on all mobile money transactions exceeding GHC 100. The announcement in the 2022 budget presentation was met with public uproar. Many have described the decision as a bad one and called on the government to withdraw same.
The opposition NDC took an entrenched position not to approve the budget unless the new tax regime is suspended. True to their words the NDC MPs unanimousely rejected the budget on November 26.
But when given the opportunity, the majority group set aside the earlier rejection and approved the budget on November 30. This created so much confusion in the country with many lawyers describing the latter exercise as illegal.
The National Peace Council stepped in to restore sanity in parliament to ensure there was a working document for the year 2022. The council issued a statement yesterday to update Ghanaians on this development.
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