A former Deputy Minister of Information, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has told President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, that most Ghanaians are against the E-levy, not members of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In a tweet, Mr Kwakye Ofosu said “The day the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government wakes up to the reality that this E-Levy battle is not just against NDC MPs, but the people of Ghana including some of their own supporters, sanity would prevail.”
THE DAY THE AKUFO-ADDO/BAWUMIA GOVERNMENT WAKES UP TO THE REALITY THAT THIS E-LEVY BATTLE IS NOT JUST AGAINST NDC MPS,BUT THE PEOPLE OF GHANA INCLUDING SOME OF THEIR OWN SUPPORTERS,SANITY WOULD PREVAIL.— Felix Kwakye Ofosu (@FelixKwakyeOfo1) December 21, 2021
Meanwhile, the Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has said the adjournment of the sitting on the e-levy will afford the Majority and government more time to do further consultations on the proposal.
First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu announced on Tuesday December 21 that Parliament has adjourned sitting sine die.
Addressing the press after the adjournment, Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu said “I think that this will also allow us sometime to have further consultations among ourselves, it is the reason why the First Deputy Speaker had to adjourn the House sine die. As you know, the budget has been passed , there was an attempt to portray that that there is no budget, there is a budget , the appropriations bill passed.”
JOE WISE’S ATTEMPT TO VOTE WAS AN UNSPEAKABLE ABBERATION. IT WAS COMICAL,BRAZENLY UNLAWFUL AND MADE NO SENSE.THE DIVISION WAS CALLED TO VALIDATE THE VOICE VOTE WHICH HE DIDN’T PARTICIPATE IN. HOW COULD HE BE PART OF THE VALIDATION OF A VOTE HE PLAYED NO PART IN?— Felix Kwakye Ofosu (@FelixKwakyeOfo1) December 21, 2021
He added “I think that this will also allow us sometime to have further consultations among ourselves ,it is the reason why the First Deputy Speaker had to adjourn the House sine die . As you know, the budget has been passed , there was an attempt to portray that that there is no budget, there is a budget , the appropriations bill passed.”
On Monday December 20 Members of Ghana’s Parliament could not hold their emotions as some exchanged brawls in the House just before the final vote on the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy Bill, also known as e-levy.
The sit-in Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, had announced that a division would be followed to approve the Bill, presented under a certificate of urgency, and he was going to vote as well in his capacity as a Member of Parliament.
That appeared to have provoked the National Democratic Congress (NDC) members, who questioned his decision to vote after presiding over the night’s proceedings.
They moved to the front of the dais, issuing threats at the Bekwai MP.
This got the Majority MPs to also start agitations and immediately Mr Osei-Owusu handed the presiding role to the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, the fight broke out