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Parliament Resumes Today: Haruna Iddrisu Speaks Ahead Of Sittings

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Honorable Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader in Parliament has spoken again on the controversial Electronic Levy (E-Levy) tax, ahead of Parliament's sitting, today 25 January 2022.

The Honorable Minority Leader in today's interview has insisted, that his side in the House (the Minority Caucus), will not support the E-levy (popularly known as the Momo Tax) in its current form.

Speaking on TV3's morning show; 'The New Day', on Tuesday January 25, Honorable Haruna Iddrisu, who is also the NDC Member of Parliament for Tamale South, stated that, “The NDC Parliamentary caucus that I lead, the Minority of 137 will simply not support the E-levy in its current form , nature and character”.

Background.

During the 2022 budget presentation before the 8th Parliament of Ghana, on November 17 2021, Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister, announced the introduction of an Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) of 1.75%, on electronic transactions above GHC100 (US$16) per day.

The Mobile Money tax, according to the Finance Minister, if approved was to take effect from 1st February 2022. According to him, the tax will be applied to mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances (MoF 2022 Budget Highlights). All charges will be borne by the sender except in the case of inward remittances where the charge will be borne by the recipient.


The E-levy proposal by the Nana Addo led government , was rejected by the Minority Caucus (the opposition National Democratic Congress-NDC), and also by some Ghanaians. Whiles some section of Ghanaians supported the introduction of the 1.75 momo tax, as a way to collect public revenues, the majority of Ghanaians also rejected it..


The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs, on Monday, December 20, 2021, engaged in a fist·fight following a disagreement during the 1.75 E-Levy bill vote.


The fight started when Honorable Joe Osei-Owusu, First Deputy Speaker, who was presiding over the business of the house, also attempted to cast his ballot on whether or not the e-levy bill should be considered under a certificate of urgency.

The heated disagreement between the two caucuses sent the whole house of parliament into chaos.


Whiles the Majority caucus vows to approve the levy, the Minority, who have described the E-levy as a 'killer tax; and that when introduced will inflict more hardship on Ghanaians, has also insisted, that they are ready to "fight and kill the killer tax'.


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