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Jaman North MP reveals how he was rushed to Parliament to vote against E-Levy after accident

Under the care of doctors a few days after a near-fatal car crash and hoping to recuperate in a couple of weeks, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Jaman North, Mr. Frederick Yaw Ahenkwah, had to ignore his physicians’ orders and rush to Parliament to be able to vote on the controversial Electronic Transactions Levy Bill (E-Levy).

The Minority side, which the freshman legislator belongs to, had resolved to vote against the controversial levy that had been introduced by the Akufo-Addo administration in November 2021 citing soaring hardship among Ghanaians.

Parliament failed to pass the levy of 1.75% which includes mobile-money payments in December last year after a brawl.

MPs ran into one another and threw punches ostensibly to prevent Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu from leaving his seat to vote after chairing the debate. Sitting was then adjourned because of the disorder.

When sitting resumed recently, Ahenkwah who was unsure of the House voting on E-Levy moved his feeble body into the chamber although he could hardly walk and sit.

 

Speaking on Dwaboase hosted by Prince Minkah on TV XYZ Thursday morning ahead of a protest against the Bill by the NDC youth wing and other groups, Mr Ahenkwah disclosed that his constituents had kicked against the levy so he had to respect their collective will.

“For the past 3 weeks that we resumed, none of the minority members have been able to travel,” he said.  “I had an accident, a terrible accident. I moved here [Accra] before I had the effect, so on the day of E-levy, I was rushed to the office prior to the voting. I couldn’t sit so I was lying in a chair in my office waiting for the voting time.”

He quizzed, “If not for the love of Ghana and Ghanaians, would someone  like me who had a terrible accident go to Parliament to go and vote?”

Assuring the many Ghanaians who have publicly rejected the E-Levy of the Minority’s support, Ahenkwah stated no member of the Minority will miss the opportunity to vote against the Bill when laid on the floor of the House.

“The Minority Caucus is focused and we have the numbers. We don’t see the need to lay the E-levy Bill under a certificate of urgency,” he added.

 

 

By Henryson Okrah|Ghana

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