Host of Dwaboase on Power FM’s Prince Kwame Minkah has taken offence to the criticisms of some journalists who feel the NDC cannot scrap the controversial E-levy.
The 1.5 percent levy slapped on electronic transactions was implemented on Labour Day, May 1, 2022 to the chagrin of most Ghanaians.
Unhappy about the tax as some Ghanaians, the 2020 presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama kicked against the tax policy.
But some broadcasters on Kokomlemle-based Joy FM chided Mahama for the promise and sought to discredit him.
But reacting to his former colleagues on Dwaboase, Minkah noted that the former president showed leadership and his promise should not be seen as a populist one.
It is not clear if Minkah was referring to the host of the Joy SMS, Kojo Yankson, who seizes every slim opportunity to discredit the former president to please his powerful friends in the NPP.
The E-Levy Act which was approved by only the Majority group in parliament, on 1st May 2022 got implemented by the Ghana Revenue Authority.
The government’s new 1.5% tax on all electronic transactions above 100 Ghana cedis is marked to raise a revenue of 4.5 billion.
However, the E-Levy has generated agitation amongst majority of Ghanaians with varied views.
What Did Mahama Say?
Addressing Ghanaians on Monday on the theme ‘Ghana at a cross roads’ he promised the next NDC government will repeal the Electronic-Levy Act.
“We in the NDC do not oppose taxation as a principle. We will not be pretentious and couch fanciful slogans to condemn the principle of taxation like the NPP did in the past. We are, however, implacably opposed to distortionary and burdensome taxes like the e-levy that only force Ghanaians to endure more suffering.
“A new National Democratic Congress Government, God willing and with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana – in 2025 – will repeal the E-Levy Act,” Mahama stated.
Joy FM’s Kojo Yankson, who called out president Mahama, questioned him on what basis and in what capacity was he giving the promise to repeal the Act.
He said, “John Mahama said the next NDC government will repeal the E-Levy Act. This is when he spoke yesterday right? This thing that he did call Ghana at a cross road. So what is he doing ? I don’t know whether that fits with their Democratic credentials ?”
What Did Minkah Say?
The Power FM journalist Kwame Minkah said journalists ought to stand by the masses and not self-seeking politicians.
“How dare you ask such a question? How do you call out president Mahama over repealing of the E -levy Act? He is a former president and when he speaks it carries weight, he speaks from experience” the vociferous broadcaster noted.
“Get serious and do a diligent job by always focusing on the subject matter (message and not messenger),” he added.