• Fri. Aug 5th, 2022

E-levy: If slapping Deputy Speaker will make him do right thing, so be it – Asiedu Nketia

Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stated that opposition parliamentarians will continue to oppose the E-levy.

He stated that the minority will use every means necessary to thwart passage of the contentious bill.

“As long as impunity persists, resistance has been imposed as a duty on us.” If a deputy speaker decides to vote while also acting as a referee, and slapping him will get him to do the correct thing, don’t hesitate,” he addressed the NDC’s Ashanti regional youth wing in Kumasi on Sunday, February 6.

Mr. Asiedu Nketiah also urged supporters in the Ashanti area to adopt a winning mentality, claiming that this is the surest method to win the 2024 elections.

“The NPP won Hohoe because they adopted a winning attitude,” he explained, “even though we know a lot of things didn’t go well.”

“Factions are affecting the NDC in the Ashanti region; the camp syndrome is affecting the party in the region and must stop immediately,” he told party supporters. “You need to stick together to wrestle power from your main opponent.”

The party’s Ashanti regional chairman also urged the party’s rank and file to unify for victory.

He told William Evans-Nkum, “It is evident that the NPP has failed miserably, and now everyone is screaming for a change.”

Mr. Asiedu Nketia’s remarks come at a time when stakeholders have stated that fisticuffs in Parliament will not occur again, as they did during the first session of the 8th Parliament last year.

For example, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah asked Members of Parliament, particularly opposition MPs, not to physically block the House’s work, even if they strongly disagreed on a particular issue.

MPs are free to disagree with the administration on any issue, he said, but they must commit to settling their differences in a courteous and adult manner.

During a news conference conducted by Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta in Accra on Wednesday, January 19, he said this in response to a question about whether the fights in Parliament over the E-levy policy proposed in the 2022 budget will damage Ghana’s image on the worldwide market.

“I think comrades, you have to assist us speak some truth to ourselves,” the Ofoase Ayirebi legislator remarked. Disagreements should not be resolved through chaos. There is nothing wrong with legislators disagreeing on a specific proposal. When we disagree, the rule states we debate to attempt to persuade one another, we can have dialogues and engagements like the Minister has done throughout, and then we put it to a vote when we’re done.

“We may disagree on who should be president on the 7th of December every four years in this country, but we don’t fight about it.” We allow people to campaign and discuss, and then we all queue up and vote; they tally the votes and decide that the majority’s choice is the best one for Ghana.

“In this way, pandemonium is avoided, and the worldwide market and the rest of the world regard us as a civilized, mature republic.”

“We have to do the same thing in Parliament.” There is nothing wrong with disagreements; there have been many in the past. One side may say, “I don’t agree, I’m walking out,” “I don’t agree, I’m abstaining,” or “I don’t agree, I’m voting against it.”

“However, beginning to physically block the process is something that we must all speak out against.” No, you are not going to beg them or negotiate with them. We must speak the truth when we say that physically obstructing the process is not the right thing to do. Imagine someone physically going to obstruct voting on election day in this country. It is with the same attitude that we must approach this one.

“There is nothing wrong with disagreeing, but we must commit to addressing such arguments in a peaceful and adult manner.”

Members of Ghana’s Parliament couldn’t hold their emotions in check on Monday, December 20, 2021, as several brawled in the House just before the final vote on the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy Bill, often known as e-levy.

The sit-in Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, had stated that the Bill, which had been tabled under a certificate of urgency, would be approved by a division, and that he would vote in his capacity as a Member of Parliament.

Members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) appeared to be enraged by this, questioning his decision to vote after presiding over the night’s proceedings.

They made their way to the front of the dais, threatening the Bekwai MP.

This sparked unrest among the Majority MPs, and when Mr Osei-Owusu gave the presiding function to the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, a fight ensued.

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