Members of the social pressure group FixTheCountry were allegedly booted out of the government’s E-Levy townhall gathering in Koforidua.
This is according to Oliver Barker-Vormawor, one of the group’s key conveners.
Members of the group that were allowed to enter the Ascension Hall were allegedly booted out, according to Mr Vormawor’s Facebook post.
Others who were waiting outside to obtain entrance were also turned away by the police, he said.
“FixTheCountry was kicked out of Koforidua’s E-Levy Townhall Meeting. He wrote, “AreWeNotGhanaiansToo.”
In a subsequent post, he claimed that the police had threatened to shoot FixTheCountry members in order to prevent them from entering the venue.
“At the meeting, one of our activists was removed. There’s no cause for it. Others were barred from entering. They were apparently stationed to keep an eye out for us and pull us out. “Police have threatened to shoot them,” he claimed on social media.
According to the convener, the police have also attempted to prevent the media from interviewing their members, as “one reporter’s camera was taken for attempting to talk to the #FixTheCountry reps who are being stopped.”
The purpose of the Electronic Transactions Levy (E-Levy) as a revenue mobilization source, according to the government, is to assist the government in obtaining the necessary resources to hasten development across the country.
The law, however, has elicited negative responses from the majority of parliamentarians as well as a considerable percentage of Ghana’s populace.
In order to gain public acceptance of the bill, the administration has arranged a series of town hall meetings across the country.
The town hall gathering, according to Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, will enable the government sensitize and educate the public about the importance and necessity of the E-Levy.
FixTheCountry has developed a list of 50 questions on the E-Levy and will seek answers during the Koforidua townhall meeting, according to Oliver Barker-Facebook Vormawor’s post.