The remarks made by parliament’s Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, to the effect that the House has already accepted the 1.75 percent Electronic Levy bill have been characterized as arrogant.
This posture by the House leader, according to Derek Ohene Bekoe, a former Member of Parliament for Upper West Akyim, is not progressive.
“It’s an arrogant posture; he knows we’re not finished with the law, but he went to that workshop and made such a statement,” he explained.
The former National Democratic Congress MP went on to say that if people like him continue to make comments like this, the goal of forging consensus in the House will be defeated.
“Can the e-levy work without legislation, and can they implement the e-levy without legislation?” He should implement the E-Levy if he believes it has been passed,” he continued.
It will be noted that Osei Okyei-Mensah-Bonsu indicated at a recent workshop that Parliament had already authorized the 1.75 percent charge on all electronic transactions, making it impossible for him to understand the allegations of Minority members that they would reject it again.
“It’s difficult for me to understand why people are protesting the e-levy when you consider that we accepted it in the motion to approve the budget.” As a result, the first phase has already been completed,” he explained earlier.
The controversial E-Levy is expected to be one of the topics discussed when Parliament reconvenes on Tuesday, January 24, 2022.