Monday, October 3, 2022

Group storms Parliament house with Mats over E-Levy

Members of the ‘Justice 4 Ghana’ movement showed up in front of Parliament on Tuesday to remind legislators of their agenda.

The group was not allowed entry by some police personnel stationed at the entrance.

They, therefore, resorted to picketing to ensure that the 1.75% proposal does not see the light of day.Though the bill’s re-consideration has been rescheduled for next week, the group insists it is not ready to be taken by surprise.

This is not the first time the group is registering their displeasure over the controversial E-levy bill which when passed will tax electronic transactions like mobile money transfers by 1.75%.

The convener for the group, Bernard Mornah, said the police have breached their arrangement to have them enter Parliament House.

The group has further indicated that it will picket at parliament for three days to drum home their demands

“We have started the picketing, but the majority of the people do not know that we have started, so tomorrow [Wednesday], we will be here. We will continue tomorrow [Wednesday], next and any day they will tell us that there is going to be an E-levy on the order paper, we will organize ourselves”, Bernard Monarh added.

On December 8, 2021, the group converged on the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park to protest the 2022 budget.

The protesters planned to end the exercise by picketing at Parliament House, but they were denied.

The picketing was aimed at putting pressure on Parliament to withdraw the 2022 budget, which they say is not in the interest of the country.

They also did not regard a restraining order from the police accusing them of exhibiting bad faith on their picketing. Bernard Mornah indicated that nothing will stop his team from rejecting the e-levy proposed in the 2022 budget.

It has thus vowed to pitch camp at parliament until the tax policy is withdrawn.

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