Ghanaian lawmaker, staunch member of the National Patriotic Party and member of parliament for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah has made a rather controversial comment to Ghanaians concerning the e-levy and the use of mobile money (Momo)
According to the member of parliament, paying of the e-levy is not compulsory and so Ghanaians should stop with all the noise even suggesting to us that if we do not want to pay the e-levy then we should not use the momo service
The e-levy has been a hot topic in Ghana since the 2022 National budget statement and economic policy document was put before parliament by the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta on behalf of the president, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, but has been kicked against by a majority of Ghanaians
And speaking on a protest by public advocacy group, ‘Justice for Ghana’ who are fighting against the introduction of the e-levy in the 2022 budget, Carlos Ahenkorah indicated that payment of the e-levy is not compulsory
“What I’m telling them is that they don’t seem to understand what’s going on. Look, if they continue, and government decides that fine, I am not going to charge anymore e-levy, government would have to go and borrow that money, and it becomes me and you our burden to pay. So they should forget about what they’re doing and rather let us see how we can assist government to run this country”, Mr. Carlos Ahenkorah argued.
“It is not a compulsory tax, if you don’t do MoMo, you don’t pay. So if you don’t want to pay, don’t do MoMo. It’s simple”, Carlos Ahenkorah stated.