The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Suame, Maxwell Ofosu Boakye who’s Special Aide to the Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has stated categorically that the E-levy designed cake presented at the latter’s birthday party did not come from the Minority Caucus in Parliament.
The Majority Leader has been captured celebrating his 65th birthday at an event that took place in Kumasi with a symbolic all-green, six-part cake that boldly spelt out the words E-LEVY. The party was graced by scores of officials of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) including the Vice President and his wife were in attendance.
Following the publication of pictures of the cake on social media with reports that it was presented to the Majority Leader by the NDC side in Parliament, members of the Minority caucus have flatly denied the report and have not taken lightly to it.
They say they are not insensitive like the NPP Majority side in Parliament, to scornfully disregard the sentiments of the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians against the introduction of the E-levy by getting a cake designed in the words “E-levy”.
But speaking to Bonohene Baffuor Awuah host of “Ghana Kasa” show on Kasapa FM, Hon. Maxwell Ofosu Boakye clarified that the controversial cake was presented to the Majority Leader by someone who is close to him and not from the NDC MPs.
“I can say authoritatively that it is not true that the cake was presented to Hon. Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu by the Minority caucus. The came rather came from someone who’s well known to the Leader. I guess the decision to design the cake in the words E-LEVY is born out of the present political time we find ourselves as a nation where the issue of E-Levy is the most topical issue in Ghana. There was absolutely no malice intended by presenting that cake.
“Furthermore, I want to state forcefully that Hon. Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu did not cut the E-levy cake at the event. He cut a different cake with his wife by his side and was supported by the Vice President and his wife. So I’m wondering why a different cake is trending all over the internet.”
He added that the Majority Leader is not worried by the hullabaloo that has been generated over his birthday party.
The nicely designed cake has caused a stir on social media with many wondering what thinking went into the decision to design the cake in this manner at a time the government is struggling to get the E-levy passed by Parliament.
About the E-Levy
On November 17. 2021. Finance Minister. Ken Ofori-Atta, announced the introduction of a 1.75% tax on all electronic transactions during the 2022 budget presentation before parliament.
According to him, this new directive forms part of strategies to widen the country’s tax net.