NDC may never get the chance to abolish e-levy – Kabila

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Managing Editor of the National Forum, James Kwabena Bonfeh (Kabila) has said the assurance given by Former President John Dramani Mahama that a future National Democratic Congress (NDC) government will abolish the e-levy will not happen.

Without explaining further, he stated on the New Day show on TV3 Wednesday May 4 that the NDC may not get the chance to abolish the policy.

“They may never get the chance to do that…and if they got the chance, they surely will not abolish it. Mark my words,” he told host Johnnie Hughes.

Former President John Mahama announced the NDC’s plan to cancel the policy if they come into office while addressing the nation on Monday May 2 titled “Ghana at Crossroads”.

“We in the NDC do not oppose taxation as a principle. We will not be pretentious and couch fanciful slogans to condemn the principle of taxation like the NPP did in the past. We are, however, implacably opposed to distortionary and burdensome taxes like the e-levy that only force Ghanaians to endure more suffering.

“A new National Democratic Congress Government, God willing and with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana – in 2025 – will repeal the E-Levy Act,” he said.

The controversial levy started on Sunday May 1 amidst public outcry.

The NDC heavily opposed the introduction of the levy.

In their view, it is punitive and amounts to double taxation. The bill was passed by Parliament on Tuesday March 29 after the Minority staged a walkout.

They walked out after their leader Haruna Iddrisu said the NDC MPs remained united in opposing the policy.

On Tuesday April 19 they filed an application at the Supreme Court to block the commencement of the e-levy deductions. Hearing of this application is expected to be heard on Wednesday May 4.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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