Former President John Dramani Mahama has stated that the president, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo never requested for his intervention in the controversial Electronic Transactions Levy creating mayhem between the majority and minority caucus in Parliament.
The 2020 National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer explained that although the President sent Mr. Gabby Otchere Darko to his residence after the brouhaha in parliament took place on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
He revealed that “among issues we discussed was the desire of Ghanaians to see the two major political parties working together for the interest of the nation.
“We discussed, also, how dialogue can be deployed to ensure Parliamentary issues are agreed consensually before coming on the floor to avoid what happened recently in the House.
“We further discussed opening channels of communication between the leaders of the two parties including a possible meeting with the President at a future date.”
Mr. Mahama said “at no time was there any discussion specifically about the President requiring my intervention in the impasse on the E-levy.”
The Minority in Parliament says it will not accept the 1.75% Electronic Transactions Levy popularly known as E-levy, the Akufo-Addo led government seeks to introduce in the country. That side of the caucus believes it will plunge Ghana into severe hardship.
The Majority however says the levy is the only hope for Ghana’s survival.
These entrenched positions taken by the two have led to the suspension of the levy till parliament resumes on January 18 despite numerous consultations between the two.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini