Youth activist and social commentator, Ivan Kyei Innocent has waded into the e-levy controversy that has become topical in almost all media space discussions this week.
The presentation of the 2022 budget by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta has attracted a massive attention and reactions after the latter announced the introduction of electronic levies on electronic transactions including mobile money transfers.
The citizens are complaining of being overburdened with taxes by a government that promised to move the economy from taxation to production.
A number of people including members of the opposition NDC in Parliament have registered their displeasure with the introduction of the e-levy.
Ivan Kyei Innocent has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo of inconsistency. He says the President has shown gross inconsistency and cannot be trusted to change the fortunes of the economy that appears to be worsening by the day.
He made these remarks during a panel discussion on the “Abranaa So” show on TV XYZ yesterday, November 20, 2021, with host Okatakyie Afrifa.
He said the President has proven to be inconsistent since the last five (5) years he took office and has failed to fight against the very things he spoke against when he was in opposition.
He acknowledged the fact that tax is a good thing and drives development but was of the view that, Ghanaian citizens do not enjoy the real benefits of their taxes because the monies end up in corrupt deals and are under-utilized.
” I always say that if you listen to Nana Addo well, you will realize he is a text book of political contradictions and a very deceptive character you cannot trust. And in the last five (5) years, he has proven that to all Ghanaians and so you do not need a soothsayer to tell you this about the President” he said.
He alleged that the President did not mean his words when he admonished Ghanaians to “be citizens and not spectators”.
The President in opposition spoke against the imposition of taxes on Ghanaians. He would then embark on what turned out to be one of the biggest demonstrations against a government in the history of the country dubbed “Kum Me Preko” to wit; “kill us straight away” over the imposition of VAT by the then government.
The budget is currently before Parliament and only time would tell if the e-levy would eventually be operationalized.
Already, some Ghanaians have threatened to revert to “cash and carry” if the budget is approved in its current state.
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