There is an intense debate in Parliament over the approval of the 2022 fiscal year budget as dissenting voices have criticised the policy proposals presented by the government. The Minority Caucus has boldly declared its position on the intended electronic transactions levy and the failure of the government to allocate resources to the Keta Sea Defence project.
Recall, yesterday, the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta announced the modifications to the budget after several concerns were raised by Ghanaians. He indicated that the government has not reduced the 1.75% E-levy rate as it would help widen the tax net and raise revenues for government. He however, made an assurance that government is in consultation with stakeholders over the rate.
Earlier today, December 7, 2021, it was a heated discussion on TV3's NewDay show as Johnny Hughes interviewed Member of the for Tamale Central constituency, Comrade Murtala Mohammed. The lawmaker boldly expressed his opposition to the failure of government to reduce the E-levy rate.
According to Murtala Mohammed, the Minority Caucus has no intention of accepting the electronic transactions levy in any form it may be presented. He stated categorically that his colleague MPs are in outright disinterest with the decision to impose such taxes on the Ghanaian people.
Reacting to a statement from Johnny Hughes on Haruna Iddrisu's recent comment about the E-levy, Murtala Mohammed indicated that, Haruna Iddrisu who is the leader of the Caucus spoke as an individual and his comments does not reflect the position of the Caucus.
Speaking further, he reiterate that the budget would only be approved by the Minority if the government scraps the proposed electronic transactions levy. However, he was quick to praise Haruna Iddrisu for his exceptional leadership in the chamber as he called on him to make a bold decision to reject the E-levy.
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