The Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Suame Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has alleged that the controversial Electronic Transactions Levy(E-levy) has been technically approved by Parliament because of the passage of the Appropriation Bill and the approval of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.
According to him, Parliament has passed the E-levy on three levels because it formed part of the 2022 Budget which they have already approved.
“Then we came to do allocations to all the sectors fed by receivables from the E-Levy and we approved of them by the entire House, and finally the Appropriations Act, which is why I am saying that I find it extremely difficult for anybody to say, having done or taken these three steps, I am now tracing my steps back to say that I can’t support it,” he indicated.
He disclosed that “because the E-Levy is not already in place, it was fed into the budget which we have approved, what is left now is to use legal means to introduce the E-Levy Bill, the takings of which have found expressions in the budget approved.”
When asked whether there will be a reduction of the E-Levy rate, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said he could not speak to that.