Gov’t can begin to spend E-levy proceeds – Attorney General

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has indicated that the order from the Supreme Court for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to keep records of E-levy does not stop the government from spending the revenue accrued so far.

In a case brought to the Supreme Court to restrain the government from implementing the controversial tax, the Judges in a 7-0 ruling dismissed the application and asked the GRA to rather keep records of transaction made so far.

But according to Dame, the government is free to apply the revenue for developmental projects and the directive is not to show the government on how to spend the revenue.

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said although the Minority’s injunction application against the implementation of the e-levy was denied, the plaintiffs take solace in the order of the Supreme Court to the GRA to ensure that they keep adequate records for a possible mass refund to all Ghanaians in the event that they succeed with their substantive case of declaring the passage of the E-levy unconstitutional.

Mr Ablakwa, one of three Minority MPs who petitioned the court, said this on Wednesday, 4 May 2022, shortly after the Supreme Court.

Godfred Yeboah Dame addressing the media after the ruling said the most important thing was for the government to fulfill the promise made to Ghanaians concerning the use of the E-Levy.

The Supreme Court is yet to hear the writ that was filed on March 30, 2022, at the Supreme Court seeking to declare the passage of the E-Levy Act, 2022 (Act 1075) as unconstitutional and should be set aside.

The three members of the Minority who filed the writ are the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga and North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.



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