Builsa South MP, Dr. Clement Apaak, has debunked claims that the Minority side in Parliament has been compromised to pass the electronic transactions levy (E-levy) Bill.
He told Prince Kwame Minkah on Power FM’s Dwaboase that nobody can bribe any of the NDC MPs to accept the controversial bill which has taken over media conversations lately.
Asked what the future holds if the opposition MPs agree to the levy and go on to pass the bill, Dr. Apaak said, “It is never true and can not be true that we in the Minority who began kicking against the levy will accept to be compromised.”
He recounted how the Minority Leader first hinted that such a levy before the 2022 budget was read and urged Ghanaians to resist it.
“Our leader, Haruna was the first person to give a hint that the government was preparing to bring a new tax in the form of taxing our electronic transactions. We all agreed that we will not agree to that.
“Recently when NDC MPs went for a workshop at Ada, we told former president John Mahama and the party leaders, including Asiedu Nketiah, that we had resolved not to accept that levy. We are working for Ghanaians and our constituents; they say the levy is bad and we all know it is bad,” the MP noted.
Last week, the Minority in parliament rejected a proposal from the government to reduce the rate of the proposed E-levy from 1.75% to 1.5 percent.
The reduction was informed by the concession from the Telcos to reduce their 1% charge on transactions by 0.25% but the NDC MPs indicated in the meeting called by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, that it won’t agree to the proposal.
Apaak was convinced the Minority would not be compromised as Parliament is set to debate again on the bill.
“Nobody has collected any money from anyone and none of us is taking any money from anywhere. Nobody can use money to influence NDC members of Parliament. I am stating on record that today, tomorrow, and the next day, whenever they bring the E-levy, NDC members of parliament can guarantee Ghanaians a 137 ‘no’,” he assured.
According to him, the government has to listen to the voice of the masses, suspend the levy and consult widely.
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline,com|Ghana