Fast, pray against NPP so they don’t have the full number in Parliament to pass E-levy – Akandoh

Juaboso Member of Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh has told all Ghanaians especially his constituents to pray against the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Parliament in order that they will not have the full number they need to pass the E-levy.

He described this prayer request as a genuine one that should be offered to God against the governing party as far as the E-levy is concerned.

Mr Akandoh said this to journalists on Monday February 28 after explaining to some of his constituents the reasons the E-levy should not be approved.

“Today was an opportunity for me to brief them about the E-levy. From the response I gathered it is their hope that this E-levy never be passed.

“The only way this E-levy will never be passed is for the NPP not to have their full complement, so it is a genuine prayer. Some of them should fast to pray that the NPP in Parliament will not have the full complement in order to pass the E-levy, it is genuine prayer and I stand by it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Majority Leader in Parliament Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has expressed optimism that the E-levy will be approved by Parliament.

He said NPP lawmakers are going round the country explaining the policy to Ghanaians in order for them to accept it.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with TV3’s Benjamin Aidoo, the Suame lawmaker and leader of Government Business in Parliament said “You will see the Finance Minister going to organize townhall meetings in various regional capitals.

“Maybe, we underestimated the resistance. In any human institution people really will not come out openly to embrace the imposition of taxes, so we thought that yes, there will be some resistance it being a new levy or tax that we are going to introduce, but maybe we underestimated the strength of the resistance.

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“Maybe, what we are doing now, I know some of my colleagues are out in various regions and constituencies trying to explain matters to their constituents, with hindsight maybe, this ought to have preceded the introduction of the E-levy. Perhaps, next time we will do better.

“But as I said we are still engaging and I want to believe that we will certainly bring this to successful completion.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana