The post budget discussion seems to spark a longstanding controversy between the two major parties in the country. Prior to the Minister's presentation of the budget, the Minority Caucus in Parliament had made many calls for some taxes to be scrapped and more investment to be made in job creation for the unemployed youths in the country.
However, it seems the Minority has been disappointed by the budget after the government introduced a new tax on electronic transactions capped at 1.75% for at least 100 cedis transactions. Undoubtedly, this policy has been strongly opposed by the Minority in Parliament and other Ghanaians. Despite the numerous attempts by government Spokespersons to defend the new tax, the NDC lawmakers hold the same position.
Earlier today, the Economic Advisor and Spokesperson to the Vice President, Dr. Gideon Boako clashed with Member of Parliament for Yapei-Kusawgu, Honourable John Jinapor over the new tax on MoMo transactions. It was a heated discussion as John Jinapor constantly disagreed with the explanations given by Dr. Gideon Boako.
According to John Jinapor, Parliament is firm in its position to reject the introduction of the MoMo tax as announced by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. He spoke extensively on how the Minority would turn down the proposal from government, while calling on Ghanaians to remain resolute.
Speaking further on the Good Morning Ghana Show hosted by Dr. Randy Abbey, John Jinapor mocked the NPP government for misleading Ghanaians into believing that they would not focus on tax system to build the country. He recalled a promise made by Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia over how Mahama had overburdened Ghanaians with taxes during his tenure as President.
John Jinapor reacting to an analysis made by Dr. Gideon Boako punched holes into the analysis. He stated categorically that the NPP has an opportunity to render an apology to former president John Dramani Mahama for constantly blasting him while they were in opposition. He believes this is the best time for the party and Ghanaians to recognize and appreciate Mahama over his leadership and economic prowess.
He said, "As I listened to the budget, I was wondering what the NPP preached during their campaigns. Blaming and making unnecessary criticisms against former president John Mahama. I believe this is the best opportunity to apologise to him."
He added, "You have done nothing new or extraordinary for the people. You're now taking more from them. What can be more wicked than this? Let me tell you that Parliament is strongly opposed to the momo tax!"
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