According to a National Democratic Congress (NDC) communicator, the opposition is clinging on a Vice President’s statement on electronic transactions, notably mobile money, in order to resist the e-levy.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumi, according to Haruna Amaliba Kingsley, abhorred the taxing of Mobile Money in a 2020 interview because he believed that the majority of its users are impoverished.
He added that the NDC concurred with Bawumia’s assertion that the 1.75 percent levy will have a negative impact on Ghanaians.
“Should we pay COVID-19 and the E-levy or not?” Our position is that, as far as we are concerned, we support Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, His Excellency the Vice President’s reasoning. He arrived here [Peace FM] in October 2020, two months before the elections, and was interviewed by Kwame Sefa Kayi. He said that because mobile money transactions are carried out by poor households, there is no need to pay any type of charge on them,” Amaliba explained.
The statement by the NDC’s communication member follows recent problems surrounding the E-levy, which was introduced by the finance minister in his presentation of the 2022 budget to parliament last year.
According to Ken Ofori-Atta, the 1.75 levy will cover all electronic financial transactions over 100 cedis, including inbound remittances.
The news sparked a backlash from stakeholders and the general public who are opposed to the e-levy, resulting in a debate in parliament.
Dr Bawumia’s “long silence” in the midst of the e-levy discussion has been questioned by NDC members.
Haruna Amaliba, in an interview with Peace FM, added his voice to the calls for the Vice President to intervene in the unfolding crisis, saying,
“Has Dr. Bawumia’s stance changed?” If his position changes, he should let us know. He should come and explain his position on the e-levy to us as the chairman of the Economic Management Team. We need to know so that we can manage this situation properly in the future.”