Ghana Politics

SCREENSHOTS: Facebook boils as NDC members, social media users fire ‘betrayer’ Haruna over E-Levy

Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu who received applause only days earlier for his Minority side’s spirited opposition to the E-Levy has found himself receiving insults and attacks over a compromise he has made.

These attacks are on the back of reports that suggest he says his side will readily accept a reduction of the proposed electronic transaction levy (e-levy) to 1% from 1.75%, from an earlier position of outright withdrawal of the Levy.

“A week ago, it was no no no, we won’t accept e-levy but having listened to officials in government, including the Minister of Finance. I am convinced to accept a departure from my original no to accepting a one per cent e-levy,” he said.

Mr Iddrisu said this at the 10th Anniversary launch of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications in Accra on Thursday.

“Pegging the e-levy at one per cent was a great contribution to fiscal consolidation and would ensure the economy did not collapse going forward” he reportedly said.

“The digital economy was doing well and had facilitated a revolution in financial inclusion, hence it was unwise to overburden the telecommunication sector, Mr Iddrisu added.

“We are not against it but we want it fixed at one per cent. We fear for double taxation because we already have the communication services tax,” he said.

But the reaction has been fast and furious as captured by below.

Earlier, the Economic Fighters League (EFL) accused the Minority in Parliament of conniving with the Majority to impose the controversial 2022 budget on Ghanaians.

Parliament on Tuesday reversed an earlier rejection of the budget and approved it after the National Democratic Congress’ MPs staged a walkout.

Although the Minority has openly described the act as unconstitutional, the group says it is a ploy to save face while allowing Ghanaians to be further burdened by the budget.

Addressing the press on Wednesday in Accra, Commander-in-Chief of the EFL, Ernesto Yeboah, described the situation in Parliament over the policy document as a mere strategy by both sides of the House.

Now the EFL appears to have been vindicated.

See some reactions below:



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