Former President John Mahama has commended the Minority side of Parliament for standing by Ghanaians and holding the Akufo-Addo government accountable at all times.
The 2020 flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) made these remarks in a statement after he joined the Minority MPs for the closing session of their 2022 Caucus Retreat on Monday at Ada.
“Our MPs and the leadership have done very well in holding government accountable and on behalf of the general membership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), I expressed our appreciation to them,” Mahama noted.
He also reiterated the need for the MPs to oppose tax policies that will not sit well with Ghanaians, especially at a time the economy is not doing well.
“It is important for MPs, as stressed by other speakers and the leadership, to always remember that they are representing the people and are also in the House to represent the NDC.
“The NDC remains opposed to the imposition of the numerous fresh taxes on Ghanaians at a time when Government is living large and unwilling or unable to trim expenditure, cut waste and check corruption,” he added.
Mahama’s comment comes at a time Parliament is sharply divided over the controversial electronic transaction levy (E-Levy) which has been opposed by many.
The government has stated that it will not make any change in the 1.75% rate of the E-levy when the bill is reintroduced in Parliament for passage into law.
Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said the absence of the levy on the order paper for Tuesday’s siting is part of the reasons to allow for further consultations on the bill before it will be submitted to be passed or rejected.
But Mahama believes “these burdensome taxes will erode business capital, especially at a time when Government has crowded out the private sector’s access to credit by its voracious appetite for borrowing.”
“The Ghanaian economy has been collapsed by President Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia,” Mahama added. “The debt crisis, for which there are very few tangible projects to show for, and worsening economic hardship of Ghanaians amply demonstrate the negative impact of a collapsed economy.”