Ailing Chieftaincy Minister ferried to parliament in ambulance to help pass E-levy

Gravely ill Chieftaincy minister and Ahanta West MP Alexander Kojo-Kum has been ferried to parliament in an ambulance to assist in the passing of the controversial E-Levy.

The E-levy passage is a make-or-break deal for the government in resuscitating the ailing economy as an International Monetary Fund(IMF) bailout is not an option for the Akufo-Addo administration.

However, the Minority in Parliament has raised objections to plans by the Majority to commence debate on the controversial Electronic Transfer levy (E-levy) today, Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

According to the Minority, the move was not captured in the business of the week; hence they are surprised at its enlistment in the order paper.

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu reiterates the Minority’s stance on the E-levy.

“When the business statement was presented last week, it [E-levy] was not part of the business approved for the house. We have warned time and again and cautioned that we do want to be taken by surprise on a major economic policy of government. Parliament cannot be that when a side is convenient with its number, then business can go on. It cannot be. We will not accept that culture. So when they [Majority] did not have the numbers, they weren’t ready. Now, that they have the numbers, then you say we should do business.”

Despite the objection, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has moved the motion for the debate on the controversial electronic transfer levy to commence in Parliament.

Although the bill was not captured in the business statement of the house for this week, it was enlisted for the second reading and consideration on Tuesday.

Source: Ghana

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