Minority Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament(MP) for North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has served notice to members of the majority and government that the war on the passage of the E-levy bill is not over yet.
He says the minority does not see the bill as passed.
Speaking on Okay FM's 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, Hon Ablakwa pointed out that for several months, the minority have stood by Ghanaians in fiercely resisting the e-levy amidst "government's desperation to impose the most unpopular tax policy of the Fourth Republic" by hook or crook.
"It is blatant lie that some members of the majority are arguing that we did not add up as minority in the House. We had all our members present even when they wanted to take some away for a programme far in the North.
"It is they the majority rather that did not have all their Members of Parliament present in the House during the passage of the bill. Sarah Adwoa Safo as at now has not returned to the country and the other Member of Parliament who was brought in by an ambulance was not even present in the chamber," he said.
The North Tongu MP further accused government of "insensitive" for compromising the safety and welfare of a sick member for political expediency.
"If anyone doubted the stubborn insensitivity of this government, just look at the extent they went to violating the dignity of their own extremely sick colleague MP by dragging him to the precincts of Parliament in an ambulance. That is not a superior political tactic, it is heartless politics without regard for human life. Politics must not be this ugly and barbaric."
"We can assure the people of Ghana that the war against the E-Levy isn’t over and we are not about to give up. Indeed, we are only warming up. This is the battle of our lives," he added.
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Parliament has passed the Electronic Transfer Levy Bill in the absence of the Minority MPs, who had walked out before the Bill was considered at the second reading stage.
The Minority had complained that it had been taken by surprise by the unexpected consideration of the levy.
The E-levy was not listed in Parliament’s business statement for this week.
The Minority MPs later walked out of Parliament before the second reading of the Bill after debating it.
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