The impasse and stalemate in Parliament continues to intensify as the members of Parliament from both sides of the house have failed to reach a consensus on the electronic transactions levy intended to be introduced by government. As we communicate now, some lawmakers have opposed the 20 member committee set up to investigate the brouhaha.
The Minority Caucus in Parliament has called for a review of the electronic transactions levy, recommending a drastic redu in the 1.75% rate of the government. However, it seems the majority is still resolute in taxing a 1.75% after the majority leader gave a justification to the policy.
Earlier today, December 4, 2021, outspoken Journalist and Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Mr. Kwesi Pratt was interviewed on Alhaji and Alhaji show hosted by Sena Nombo to share his views on the infamous approval of the budget. It was a heated discussion as Mr. Pratt registered his resentment over the claims made by the majority group that they have approved the budget.
According to Mr. Kwesi Pratt, he finds it worrying to accept the allegations made by the majority side of the house about how the budget was approved. He explains that it is incomprehensible to believe that the budget has been approved after Finance Minister declared that government is in consultation with the management of the telecommunications industries.
Mr. Kwesi Pratt believes that the government is misleading the people of Ghana and has called for proper announcement to be made. According to the venerable Journalist, it is shocking to see the majority leader boldly proclaim that government would start implementing the policies in the budget owing to the fact that it has been approved.
Speaking further, Mr. Kwesi Pratt indicated that as far as he is concerned, the budget has not been constitutionally rejected or rejected. He recommends that the best solution to the impasse in Parliament is through a broader consultation with relevant stakeholders.
He said, "I do not want to hear that here. What budget have the majority approved? I can't believe such irresponsible behaviour because I heard the Finance Minister saying on the floor that they are in talks with the TELCOs over the levy and they have not reached an agreement yet. So my question is which one have they approved? Is it a new one with the levy's scrapped off or it is the old one."
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